Art, Cities and Social Enterprise

McQuilten, G 2014, 'Art, Cities and Social Enterprise', in Ranjith Dayaratne, Janaka Wijesundara (ed.) Proceedings of the Second International Urban Design Conference on Cities, People and Places (ICCPP 2014), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 31 October - 2 November 2014, pp. 182-193.

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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Art, Cities and Social Enterprise
Author(s) McQuilten, G
Year 2014
Conference name ICCPP 2014: Reinventing Citiesand Places
Conference location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Conference dates 31 October - 2 November 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Second International Urban Design Conference on Cities, People and Places (ICCPP 2014)
Editor(s) Ranjith Dayaratne, Janaka Wijesundara
Publisher University of Moratuwa
Place of publication Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Start page 182
End page 193
Total pages 12
Abstract This paper explores the potential role of art-based social enterprises in contributing to sustainable urban development. It considers the examples of two social enterprises on opposite sides of the globe, and with contrasting re lat ions to the "urban"; the Pacific Women's Weaving Circle in the heart of inner-city Melbourne, Australia and Dzidefo Women's Cooperative which traverses the rural context of Kpando, Ghana, with urban markets in Africa and the USA. Both enterprises use the vehicle of art to create opportunities for communities facing economic and social hardship. This paper approaches the field of social enterprise with a cross-disciplinary perspective that combines empirical, art historical and cultural studies methodologies to provide a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how communities manage the complexities of simultaneously pursuing economic, artistic and social development goals. At the point of rapid growth in this field, it considers the conditions for success, and potential risks, of art-based social enterprises in different geographic and urban contexts internationally.
Subjects Art History
Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Keyword(s) art
social enterprise
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