A Community Artist is the way to artistically invigorate you community with the energy and flair that come from injecting an appropriately skilled artist into their midst. The artist may come from a variety of fields or may be a multi-disciplined artist such as a Sculptor, with entertainment and performance experience. Skills such as these, when fused in a person with great social participation talents, can activate the least ‘likely’ or ‘able’ community members to make a memorable contribution and inject themselves into their own community in ways they had never dreamt of.
As arts workers and artists in residence, artists may employ ‘ccd’ (community cultural development) processes where artwork is produced that is a collaborative effort with the local community for the planning and production. This approach is often ‘project’ based and it may be a public artwork, a school-based project, a creative consultation process for local government, or a residency at a public institution.
Artists working in community settings, are often established in their field and balance their private practice with community-based work, finding that – apart from gaining paid work – they enjoy the stimulation of working in a public sphere, and communities gain the opportunity to engage with professional artists.
Artists might work with communities to produce a public artwork, either as a temporary installation or performance, or as a more permanent feature of the environment. The artist may be under contract by a local government Council to work with specific groups of people to produce a work of cultural significance, expressing the values or aspirations of those communities.
The community might be involved in any or all of the phases of the project:
This introduction to community artists has been sourced and inspired via CCD.net