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Make Arts for a Better LifeA Guide for Working with Communities$
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Kathleen Van Buren and Brian Shrag

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190878276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190878276.001.0001

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Analyze Genres and Events

Analyze Genres and Events

(p.89) Step 4 Analyze Genres and Events
Make Arts for a Better Life

Brian Schrag

Kathleen J. Van Buren

Oxford University Press

Step 4, the bulk of the Guide, comprises three parts: Part A, “Describe the Event and Its Genre(s) as a Whole”; Part B, “Explore the Event’s Genre(s) through Artistic Domain Categories”; and Part C, “Relate the Event’s Genre(s) to Its Broader Cultural Context.” Part A teaches readers how to collect information about an event and its genres. It advises readers to explore an event by looking through seven “lenses”: space, materials, participant organization, shape of an event through time, performance features, content, and underlying symbolic systems. Part B applies the seven lenses to exposing which—if any—elements of the following five artistic domain categories occur in the event: music, dance, drama, oral verbal arts, and visual arts. These arts are addressed in turn, so that readers can jump to the sections that relate most closely to their work. Part C helps readers to connect artistry in an event with broader cultural contexts. Numerous research questions, suggested activities, and practical examples are provided throughout Step 4.

Keywords:   genre, music, dance, drama, oral verbal arts, visual arts, symbols, culture, ethnography

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