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Richard Bains and Amalia Mesa-Bains

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A Reciprocal University: A Model for Arts, Justice, and Community (Interview by Cecilia O’Leary)

The authors go beyond the creation of knowledge in the classroom by proposing how the concept of reciprocity in an arts-education model can radically change relations between universities and their surrounding communities. They begin from a belief system in which art is a transformative practice, a language and a form in which people express their deepest needs and beliefs. The role of the arts, service learning, social justice, and cultural citizenship are addressed in this open-ended dialogue about the philosophy and the experiences of co-founding a Reciprocal University Arts Program between California State University and community groups in Watsonville, Salinas, Seaside, and Monterey.

youth, arts, youth community, Bains, Richard — interviews, education — art education, education — higher education — United States, Latinos — education, Mesa-Bains, Amalia — interviews, social justice

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 29, No. 4 (2002): 182-197