Community art is a rather broad concept and can be defined in a million ways. However, we would like to see community art as non-commercial activities with a creative, artistic expression that generate interactions in a community. These interactions can serve to strengthen ties within a community, to raise awareness about certain topics, to make "invisible" things, places or people visible, to give a voice to the ones who are usually not heard (vox populi), and to establish exchange where there are no or little points of contact (for example between politicians and the community). The idea is that in order to create interactions in a community we have to use communication that reaches the subconscious of the people so that a real change can happen. The subconscious cannot be addressed by means of "declarations and applications" and written and spoken linear language. It is the experience of certain situations that makes us change our attitude and our usual ways of interacting. Experience can be created in various ways - by experiencing things together, by seeing shocking images, by telling tales or by using symbolic language. If new interactions are established during a community art project, they might persist also beyond the project and, thus, contribute to the develpment of the society, to peace-building, to the integration of minorities, etc.
In the end of 2014 as a learning result of CAUCULT project we have published a book - "Exploring power of art in the community - Alternative ways of moving and empowering communities in the South Caucasus countries". This publication was inspired by and created in the framework of ‘Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network (CauCult)’ project (2012 – 2014). It presents the concepts of community art method by Jekaterina Lavrinec, Evelina Taunyte and Gitenis Umbrasas and shares the examples of succesful community art initiatives in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Find the publication: http://issuu.com/caucult/docs/book/0