The purpose of this paper is to identify the value of the arts play in public spaces in replicating a contemporary commons.
The study is an exploratory investigation which uses a case study of cultural events in public parks – the Vancouver Parks Board’s fieldhouse residency program (2012-2015). The study uses content analysis of the social media sites created for these projects to identify how the sites and the cultural events were valued by stakeholders and participants.
The paper finds that, in combination, the park events and the social media discussion of them function as a form of the commons, in which new urban communities are formed or defined around specific common social interests.
The paper finds that, in combination, the park events and the reflective engagement prompted by the social media discussion of them function as a form of the commons, in which new urban communities are formed or defined around specific common social interests.
It is anticipated that cultural programs will increasingly interact with common public places.
The study supports the increased use of and recognition of public places as culturally significant.
The study aims to encourage the expansion of arts and cultural policy and programs to incorporate common public places.
Johanson, K. (2015), "Wild and banal: the value of the arts as commons", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 111-121. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-12-2014-0027
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