The Arts in Society knowledge community aims to create an intellectual frame of reference for the arts and arts practices, and to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world, on stage, in museums and galleries, on the streets, and in communities. Articles published in Common Ground's Arts in Society Collection range from the expansive and philosophical to finely grained analysis based on deep familiarity and understanding of a particular area of arts knowledge or arts practice. They bring into dialogue artists, theorists, policymakers, arts educators, to name a few of the stakeholders in this conversation.
The Arts in Society Collection is relevant to artists, curators, writers, theorists and policymakers with an interest in, and a concern for, arts practice, arts theory and research, curatorial and museum studies, and arts education in any of its forms and in any of its sites.
The Arts in Society knowledge community publishes into a collection of journals, reflecting the richness, breadth and intellectual depth of our submissions. This consists of:
The annual review publishes once per volume; the thematiaclly focused journals publish quarterly.
Authors can request which of the thematic journals they would prefer for the publication of their article. Alternatively, when the author does not opt to make a selection, the Common Ground editorial team will curate each article into the appropriate thematic journal.
The annual review consists only of articles considered to be of wide interest across the field selected by our editorial team in consultation with the Advisory Board. We do not accept direct submissions to the annual review. Candidates for inclusion in the survey journal will include top-ranked articles, works by invited contributors, articles offered by plenary speakers at the conference, and articles selected from thematic journal submissions for their wide applicability and interest across the field.
Subscribers and conference participants are offered access to the entire collection of journals, organized into thematic sections and the survey journal for ease of access and clearly differentiated focus of interest.