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Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2045-5879
  • E-ISSN: 2045-5887



In Spring 2012, I brought my undergraduate course ‘Arts and Community Development’ at Columbia College Chicago outside of the classroom and into the community – Albany Park – a neighbourhood on Chicago’s north side, known for its cultural and ethnic diversity. Building upon Chicago’s nineteenth-century activism legacy of noted pioneer settlement worker and founder of the Hull-House, this essay presents the process of my students’ art-based action research and creative workshop projects in an independently artist-run book-bindery, North Branch Projects, as a way of community engagement. The article will conclude with a personal reflection on the success of student-artist collaboration.


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