The Art of Small City Transformation: exploring a role for socially engaged public art institutes as leaders with municipal cultural sustainability agendas

This project investigates the role small city public art galleries play, and might play, in catalyzing community transformation on the municipal level. In looks, in particular, at the work being accomplished by socially-engaged small city galleries across Canada, and at the ways in which this work can inform and mobilize municipal agendas rooted in cultural sustainable development. By connecting the work of these galleries with the desires expressed by municipalities for culture-led change leading to greater sustainable futures, this project contributes new knowledge leading to greater linkages between small city governments and the creative non-profit sector.

Sharon Karsten
Faculty Supervisor: 
Nicole Vaugeois
British Columbia
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