In Engaged Passions Peter Renshaw researches the question of how arts practitioners determine what is quality in their work with cross-arts projects in different community contexts. Collaborative partners often don’t share the same definitions of quality and have different expectations of the outcome of projects. In Engaged Passions Peter Renshaw analyses what the meaning is of ‘quality’ is in the context of community engagement. For this he interviewed 20 musicians, artists, theatre practitioners, arts managers and educationalists from five countries. Based on the information they provided him with, he defined a number of criteria for assessing ‘quality’ in cross-arts and cross-sector contexts. The stories the professionals shared provide a rich source of inspirational ideas and information. Their experiences range from work in schools, prisons, community neighbourhoods, arts centres, youth opera, dementia care and more. What stands out in all of their stories is their passion for people and for their art.
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