Journal of Art for Life

The Journal of Art for Life (JAfL) is an international, refereed journal focused on art education, museum education, art therapy, and arts administration in authentic, real-world contexts toward the goal of social progress through the arts.  The journal is based on the instrumentalist premise that art has the power and potential to reflect and enhance the conditions of human experience. Through scholarly articles, the journal is an instrument for communicating the avenues by which the various forms of art intertwine and impact society and social justice.

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Call for Proposals


Art & Design Education for Social Justice Symposium

January 27 & 28, 2018

Florida State University

Tallahassee FL

This call for papers invites scholars, practitioners and artists to share their work in the 9th Art and Design Education for Social Justice Symposium. Social justice is a broad objective that inspires an interdisciplinary approach and of interest is how art and design can support such initiatives. The goal of this symposium is to share the methodologies and results of practices that strive to have a direct public impact. The encounter will focus on the guiding question: How are art and design inspiring, affecting, and promoting social change?

Important Dates

Submission deadline: October 15th, 2017

Notification of acceptance: November 20th, 2017

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Vol 8

“Simply put, ‘creative placemaking’ is the ways in which communities use the arts to help shape their social, physical, and economic characters – cities and towns literally change when you bring artists to the center of them.”  -Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

With the retirement of Dr. Tom Anderson, JAfL created a special issue dedicated to the far-reaching impact of his scholarship.  Dr. Anderson has spent his career engaged in the practice of creative placemaking.  His work with art criticism focuses on how we creatively craft spaces for aesthetic engagement, while his interest in the social foundations of art and education centers around creative movement within education places. Likewise, his concern with social justices issues encourages us to carefully and creatively navigate the social places we inhabit, and his inspiring work with environmental sustainability supports an awareness of the physical places we live in. Most recently, his socially conscious selfie project playfully explores the development of a sense of place and community through the collective documentation of self in the environments that most move you.   

Table of Contents

Artist Feature

Nicole Weedo

Special Call - Creative Placemaking - 2016

Kira Hegeman
Gillian Furniss
Kimberly Ann Baker, Ruth Beer
Luca Tiszai
Geraldine Maschio, Geraldine Maschio
Laura Sapiega Trujillo, Lisa Kinch Waxman
Michael W. Barrett
Samantha Stevenson
Christopher Lee Kennedy, George Scheer

Special Call - Creative Placemaking - 2017

Ruth Smith
Mary Stokrocki