The Social Impact of the Arts Project began as a summer project in 1994. Thanks to a grant from the dean of the Penn School of Social Work, Mark Stern, professor of social welfare and history, was able to organize a research team of graduate and undergraduate students to scan for theories and methods about how the arts impact society. The students focused on reviewing the literature on social impact and conducting fieldwork at several mural sites in Philadelphia neighborhoods. The resulting working paper explored the value that community members attached to the murals.
Submissions from 1994
The Embeddedness of Community Cultural Institutions: Wall Art in Social Context, Mark J. Stern, Laura Amrofel, Gina Dyer, and Alison Wolk