Working the Margins of Community-Based Adult Learning

The Power of Arts-Making in Finding Voice and Creating Conditions for Seeing/Listening

  • Shauna Butterwick
  • Carole Roy

Part of the International Issues in Adult Education book series (ADUL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Telling Our Story through Visual Arts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paula Cameron
      Pages 15-25
    3. Murray Gibson
      Pages 27-38
  3. Creative Expression: Increasing Understanding between Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Carole Roy
      Pages 51-60
    3. Beverly A. Hoffman
      Pages 61-73
    4. Bryan Bowers
      Pages 75-88
    5. Kim Villagante
      Pages 89-101
    6. Gordon Mitchell
      Pages 103-114
  4. Enacting & Embodying

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Shauna Butterwick, Marilou Carrillo
      Pages 117-131
    3. Ingrid Hansen, Peter Balkwill
      Pages 133-144
    4. Verna Macdonald
      Pages 145-155
    5. Jan Selman, John Battye
      Pages 157-168
    6. Elizabeth Johnson
      Pages 169-179
    7. Randee Lipson Lawrence
      Pages 181-187
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-191

About this book


This volume gathers stories about how various art and creative forms of expression are used to enable voices from the margins, that is, of underrepresented individuals and communities, to take shape and form. Voice is not enough; stories and truths must be heard, must be listened to. And so the stories gathered here also speak to how creative processes enable conditions for listening and the development of empathy for other perspectives, which is essential for democracy. The chapters, including some that describe international projects, illustrate a variety of art-making practices such as poetry, visual art, film, theatre, music, and dance, and how they can support individuals and groups at the edges of mainstream society to tell their story and speak their truths, often the first steps to valuing one’s identity and organizing for change. Some of the authors are community-based artists who share stories thus bringing these creative endeavors into the wider conversation about the power of arts-making to open up spaces for dialogue across differences. Art practices outlined in this book can expand our visions by encouraging critical thinking and broadening our worldview. At this time on the earth when we face many serious challenges, the arts can stimulate hope, openness, and individual and collective imaginations for preferred futures. Inspiration comes from people who, at the edges of their community, communicate their experience.


arts and community imagination and creative expression adult education and community evelopment solidarity social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Shauna Butterwick
    • 1
  • Carole Roy
    • 2
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaCanada
  2. 2.St. Francis Xavier UniversityCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-483-1
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