Reflecting on the arts in social action: possibilities for creative engagement in action learning


  • David Moxley


Using my own experience in integrating the arts and Action Learning, I discuss creative expression as a principal strategy in fostering social change and in advancing social betterment.  In this paper, I offer several examples of the use of the arts in Action Learning involving homelessness, AIDS, and serious mental illness.  The paper incorporates specific tactics for employing the arts in Action Learning including: fostering group cohesion, affirming countervailing values, amplifying voice, building support among participants, prototyping creative settings and projects, and linking creative prototypes to the development of social enterprises