Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultivating the arts in rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley
by Velasco, Consuelo E., M.A., University of Southern California, 2008, 65; 1461664
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis investigates an emerging genre of “rural art practices” that explore the intersections between art and rural contexts. It also serves as a guide to cultivating the arts in the rural communities of California’s San Joaquin Valley. First, case studies of rural art practices found within the San Joaquin Valley provide a portrait of the region, revealing its rich heritage and distinguishing attributes. Next, an evaluation of selected case studies that foster the arts in rural contexts in the United States and Ireland provides a sampling of the field and resource of best practices. Ultimately, this thesis demonstrates how effective strategies and lessons learned from diverse examples of rural art practices can contribute to the development of the arts in other rural areas.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bray, Anne, Lacy, Suzanne
Commitee: Decter, Joshua
School: University of Southern California
Department: Public Art Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Art history, Theater
Keywords: Community-based, Ireland, Murals, Rural, San Joaquin Valley, Theater
Publication Number: 1461664
ISBN: 978-0-549-98233-3
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