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Wild and banal: the value of the arts as commons

Johanson, Katya 2015, Wild and banal: the value of the arts as commons, International journal of event and festival management, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 111-121, doi: 10.1108/IJEFM-12-2014-0027.

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Title Wild and banal: the value of the arts as commons
Author(s) Johanson, Katya
Journal name International journal of event and festival management
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 111
End page 121
Total pages 10
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 1758-2954
1758-2962
Keyword(s) Events management
events
Arts in public spaces
Public parks
The commons
Vancouver Parks Board
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the value of the arts play in public spaces in replicating a contemporary commons. Design/methodology/approach – The study is an exploratory investigation which uses a case study of cultural events in public parks – the Vancouver Parks Board’s fieldhouse residency program (2012-2015). The study uses content analysis of the social media sites created for these projects to identify how the sites and the cultural events were valued by stakeholders and participants. Findings – The paper finds that, in combination, the park events and the social media discussion of them function as a form of the commons, in which new urban communities are formed or defined around specific common social interests. Research limitations/implications – The paper finds that, in combination, the park events and the reflective engagement prompted by the social media discussion of them function as a form of the commons, in which new urban communities are formed or defined around specific common social interests. Practical implications – It is anticipated that cultural programs will increasingly interact with common public places. Social implications – The study supports the increased use of and recognition of public places as culturally significant. Originality/value – The study aims to encourage the expansion of arts and cultural policy and programs to incorporate common public places.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/IJEFM-12-2014-0027
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079310

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