The activities of artists tackling tough community issues in places such as Northern Ireland, Eritrea, Cambodia, and Bosnia are largely unknown. Considered separately, their stories from the world’s frontlines are compelling and inspiring. Taken together, they constitute an important and growing body of work that reveals a lot about how human creativity can help us heal the deepest and most destructive of our self-inflicted wounds.
Bill Cleveland is a pioneer in cultural community development and has authored four books, including Art and Upheaval. A teacher, researcher, and musician, he directs the Center for the Study of Art and Community. He also led the Walker Art Center’s Education Division and California’s Arts-In-Corrections and Summer School for the Arts Programs.