In our new Æfficacy project we’ve been working with our colleague George Perlov, thanks to funding from The Open Society Foundations and The Compton Foundation to begin to answer that question. As a first step, we’re conducting a literature review on the topic and George will be spotlighting a few of the interesting things we’ve found so far.
Today we’re sharing an essay by Jan Cohen-Cruz, Professor in the Department of Drama at Syracuse University, called The Imagination and Beyond: Toward a Method of Evaluating Socially Engaged Art on the principles they use to evaluate the social practice projects they produce. The essay is taken from “Future Imperfect”, published by A Blade of Grass, and like most of the literature we’re reviewing, we think you’ll see that it raises as many questions as it answers.