Creative Communities 32.4-5

Published: October 2006

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Editorial: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Launching street festivals. Planting watermelon. Doling out fake traffic tickets. If you’re wondering what these have in common, read on. They’re ingenious ways of handling issues, prying open the box.

That’s what Alternatives delivers in this Creative Communities issue: fresh approaches to entrenched social problems – poverty, waste, addiction, environmental degradation – through creative engagement. And if you’re tired of the buzzword “engagement,” you might have to live with it until a better one comes along, because community engagement has arrived. ...

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Acting Inside Out - Jen Cressey
Headlines Theatre sets the stage for community expression.

Agitating Art - Evan Webber
Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable creates ecoactivists in an afternoon.

Party Tricks - Rhiannon Coppin
People’s Republic of East Van protests with flair and innovation. Gateway Project = More Cars.

On Gottingen Street - Sue Carter Flinn
LOVE and art take on poverty and racism.

Paint Your Passion - Leah Burns
Mural making transforms citizen energy into food security.

Two Rivers Run Through It - Alex Goss
Mexican mural tradition illustrates the inseparable nature of culture and environment.

Behind the Green Screen - Taarini Chopra & Erin Elliott
Planet in Focus film festival provokes audiences and creates space for discussion.

Once Upon a Land-Use Conflict - Karen Gallant, J. Ball & W. Caldwell
Huron County guses storytelling to mend fences.

Letters to the Editor

News & Notes

Science Desk - Steve Stockton
Sex, climate change and shifting behaviour in migratory birds.

Letter from Kabul - Stephan Fuller
Planning for peace includes ecorestoration in Afghanistan.

Solastalgia - Glenn Albrecht
Environmental damage has made it possible to be homesick without leaving home.

Crisis in Cochabamba - Juan Carlos Alurralde
A highly inclusive process draws out community solutions to a decades long water conflict.

Publication of this issue was made possible by The Gosling Foundation; The Salamander Foundation; and the support from our many subscribers. We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (; EJLB Foundation; Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; The McLean Foundation; Ontario Media Development Corporation; Ontario Trillium Foundation; Ontario Work Study Plan. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage toward our project costs. The support of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Environmental Studies Endowment Foundation is appreciated.'

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Creative Communities 32.4-5
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Moviegoers are no longer content with films focused on portrayals of excessive consumption by the rich and famous. The time for eco-flicks has arrived.
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Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art, curated by Stephanie Smith, Chicago and New York: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and Independent Curators International, 2005.
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