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WORLD COMMUNITY ARTS DAY FEBRUARY 17, 2007

http://www.communiversity.org.uk/worldcommunityartsday.htm

 

From 1974-1984, I was involved in an arts activist group in Edinburgh, Scotland. Collectively we thought of ourselves as "Community Artists" and ultimately we made social change in the local government by creating a category of arts funding under the title of COMMUNITY ART.

I was one of the many people who were responsible for the movement of community arts in Scotland that was further defined as ART IN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION which now is taught in universities around the world.

Historically, the principal of "community art" is as old as mud, first developed by cave people that went on for centuries before reaching its zenith in the Renaissance.

Now, another idea being proposed, is recognition of COMMUNITY ARTS by defining a special day for that movement. 

You can see what is being proposed originating from Andrew Crummy, and the CRAIGMILLAR FESTIVAL SOCIETY by looking at:

 http://www.communiversity.org.uk/worldcommunityartsday.htm

 

I looked back in documentation of the events I organized from 1975-77 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  A few are shown below.

I have a large photo album of many Scottish  "Community Arts" projects, and of course individual photos of what is shown above, should anyone be interested.

Contact me at: kjwolverton@aol.com

Pilton Triangle Club 1975, Edinburgh, Scotland

These are some of the adults and young people I worked with for three years.

Pilton Mural

First large mural in Pilton 14 X 100 feet.1975 and one of 35 I called "grafitti murals" being they were free-form and usually kids names or "tags" were part of the overall design.

Pilton Festival

1977 one of several festivals TWE helped organize. I worked in Pilton for 3 years on my own, except when all of TWE joined in creating visual art, music, puppets and street theater.

Craigmillar Castle

TWE and I were out in Craigmillar many times and discovered cardboard boxes worked great with kids. Normally we did street theater and the kids made the sets.

Niddrie Mains

1976 and cardboard worked with adults too. We built one of many dragons done over the years. TWE was instrumental in teaching adults how to play with kids.

Niddrie Mains

Well, you have to use your imagination to see the Dragon, but that was the idea. It was always amazing to see how much adults enjoyed playing, making things that were silly.

Meadows Festival 75

1975 I organized the first Play Scheme Downhill Mobile Musical Junk Sculpture Race. Around 1,000 kids and adults took part.

Meadows Festival 75

The junk sculpture race I borrowed from artists in Ferndale, California and it worked just as well in Scotland aside from nearly squashing kids with a whiskey barrel go-cart.

Meadows Festival 75

It took months to organize the festival, getting permition from several authorities. but I forgot to tell the cops and they nearly shut it down

Meadows Festival 76

I did this with Theatre Workshop Edinburgh TWE for several years and the whole company took part in creating art, music and theater.

Meadows Festival 76

What was great about this festival is that it brought all of the summer play schemes together which usually meant several thousand people took part.

I have a large photo album of many Scottish  "Community Arts" projects, and of course individual photos of what is shown above, should anyone be interested.

Contact me at: kjwolverton@aol.com