Drostle Public Arts – A Community Engaged PracticeCommunity engagement is an important aspect to any site specific artwork. Our public spaces are just that, they belong to the community and interventions which do not seek consent or understanding from the local community risk alienating those whom it is meant to benefit. In this article we look at how Gary Drostle delivers community arts projects and the various options available for successful community engaged projects. The article is specifically about creating site specific artworks and how the wider community can be involved in the process.
Why community arts?There are a lot of words bandied about when talking about art in the community (community arts; public arts; site specific arts; arts in the community) but it’s all about listening and understanding the views of the community who are going to have to live with the final artwork and helping them to understand, appreciate and engage the final work. That engagement can take many forms from simple information exchange to full participation. An engaged community artwork can bring many benefits including:–
- Aesthetic improvement to the local area
- Cultivate a feeling of participation and ability to improve our own environment
- Create local landmarks and improve local identity
- Celebrate the local community, its roots and its particular history
- Spread arts and crafts skills, design understanding and interest
- Bring disparate community groups together with a common goal
Experience that countsWith over thirty years experience of delivering community engaged public arts projects to many different community groups and at a variety of differing levels Gary can offer a full spectrum of engagement methods.
SchoolsGary has worked with Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities. Whether the end result is for the educational establishment itself or a contribution to the wider community. Engaging an artist in school has a wide range of benefits for the pupils:–
- Contact with a professional artist
- Engagement with the arts project
- Wider curriculum connections.