How Extraordinary Partnerships in the Arts and Humanities
are Transforming America
~ Advancing A Holistic and Humanistic Future ~
a forthcoming edited volume and webpage
Jenny Gottstein, Director of Games at The GoGame, a company that builds interactive experiences and high-tech adventures around the world, recently remarked that, "Studying Arts & Humanities engenders a healthy sense of curiosity and wonder - not only with regards to how the world actually is, but how it might be. Some might call those who chose this path of study ‘dreamers’ but the truth is, they are ‘futurists.’ And having produced interactive games for thousands of companies around the world, I can tell you, the best ones are powered by futurists."
Extraordinary Partnerships is an edited volume and a multimedia and interactive website that gives voice to artists and humanists across America who are transforming their communities, their businesses and their environments and advancing more inclusive, holistic and humanistic solutions to our contemporary challenges. They are community members, educators, scholars and professionals from any and all fields and disciplines whose voices enter into dialogue to showcase how deeply social and responsible transformations are being driven in partnership with the arts and humanities.
This project captures the work of today's changemakers through engaging personal narratives, interviews, short portraits, videos and podcasts, and it provides key take-aways and lessons learned to humanists and non-humanistis alike. Who are these individuals or groups who are reimagining our futures? How do they apply humanistic and artistic principles to transform their communities? And what surprising partnerships are allowing new voices to be heard, productive collaborations to be built, assumptions to be challenged, new or revised questions to be asked, and alternative paths, structures, and ways of doing and learning to be reimagined? What does it take to successfully develop these powerful partnerships?
By bringing together relevant, vibrant, emerging and impactful artists and humanists from academic and non-academic circles, Extraordinary Partnerships seeks to reframe our national conversations about the crisis in the arts and humanities to one that bespeaks of rise and renaissance. This is an arts and humanities in which deep scholarly knowledge is put into practice not only to envision “how the world actually is, but how it might be.”