Community Arts and Social Design

Humanities Institute Pilot Working Group

Community Arts

The community arts movement is inspired by social justice activism and is grounded in the principle of cultural democracy. Community art is often used as a tool for stimulating dialogue, for documenting community-rooted narratives and for encouraging self-empowerment.                           

Social design is used interchangeably amongst different disciplines, some use it as design for a better and more sustainable world or for human well-being, others refer to a process where social design is rooted in a participatory or human-centered design processes.                                                        

Open Invitation to the Ohio State Community!

The NEW Community Arts and Social Design Working Group of the Humanities Institute will hold two meetings this semester:

March 21, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30  and   April 11, 3:00 – 4:30

George Wells Knight House, Humanities Institute. 104 East 15th Avenue.

We will use these first meetings to learn about various community arts and social design research and activities by faculty and students at OSU. This is an open invitation to all OSU affiliates interested in the topics of community arts and social design. Please spread the word!

One of our targeted goals of this working group is to develop a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Community Arts and Social Design; therefore we are also interested in identifying courses and faculty at Ohio State that might be a part of this specialization.

Please email Karen Hutzel ( and Susan Melsop ( to let us know of your interest in this topic.