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Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art by Gregory Sholette, Chloë Bass. & Social Practice Queens
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Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art by Gregory Sholette, Chloë Bass. & Social Practice Queens


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"Art as Social Action . . . is an essential guide to deepening social art practices and teaching them to students." —Laura Raicovich, president and executive director, Queens Museum

Art as Social Action is both a general introduction to and an illustrated, practical textbook for the field of social practice, an art medium that has been gaining popularity in the public sphere. With content arranged thematically around such topics as direct action, alternative organizing, urban imaginaries, anti-bias work, and collective learning, among others, Art as Social Action is a comprehensive manual for teachers about how to teach art as social practice.

Along with a series of introductions by leading social practice artists in the field, valuable lesson plans offer examples of pedagogical projects for instructors at both college and high school levels with contributions written by prominent social practice artists, teachers, and thinkers, including:

  • Mary Jane Jacob
  • Maureen Connor
  • Brian Rosa
  • Pablo Helguera
  • Jen de los Reyes
  • Jeanne van Heeswick
  • Jaishri Abichandani
  • Loraine Leeson
  • Ala Plastica
  • Daniel Tucker
  • Fiona Whelan
  • Bo Zheng
  • Dipti Desai
  • Noah Fischer


Lesson plans also reflect the ongoing pedagogical and art action work of Social Practice Queens (SPQ), a unique partnership between Queens College CUNY and the Queens Museum.