In Walkerton, an arts project bridges ecology and community healing by encouraging people to use writing, performance and sculpture to share their stories of the 2000 water crisis that killed seven ? stories now shared with water managers-in-training. In Montreal, an activist group hands out over 10,000 fake traffic tickets for vehicle emissions as part of a performance art display, forcing drivers to think about the environmental impacts of their vehicles and driving habits. Around the world, art is used to bring people together to envision a more sustainable and equitable future and to transform communities into vibrant, thriving places.
In this issue, Alternatives explores art and community, examining how art unites neighbourhoods, how artists can leverage their creative expertise to influence positive behaviour and change, and how governments can use creativity as a tool for urban regeneration.
Alternatives seeks critical reflection and documentation of activist art and community initiatives that inspire change through multimedia, multidisciplinary or traditional art forms, including the visual, literary and performing arts (dance, opera, storytelling, etc.), as well as community arts practice in Native and non-Native communities.
Alternatives is currently seeking suggestions for:
*key topics and examples to cover
*under-reported stories our audience should know about
*writers who can bring these issues to a broad audience
*referees to comment on feature articles
Please send your suggestions, along with your contact details, to Executive Editor Tara Flynn by June 14, 2006.
If you are interested in writing an article for this issue, please send a short writing sample along with your proposal. Proposals should include a short summary of the focus, a brief outline of the topic, essential argument, length and intended approach, and full contact details (phone, address, email). Only those proposals that are of interest will receive a reply.
All feature articles in Alternatives are subject to formal refereeing. We are also interested in ideas for shorter reports, commentaries, sidebar notes and profiles.
Alternatives is a bi-monthly journal dedicated to in-depth analysis of environmental issues and, in particular, to the connections among ecological, social and economic dimensions. It combines the learned rigour of an academic journal with the accessible style and format of a general audience magazine, making a unique hybrid. The journal has been published in Canada since 1971. It is published by Alternatives Inc., a registered charity. Alternatives has been Canada?s cutting-edge environmental magazine for four decades.
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