Art and Social Work: History and Collaborative Possibilities for Interdisciplinary Synergy
This article was prepared for the Islandwood Meeting on Social Work in the Arts, supported by the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, held on Bainbridge Island, Washington, June 19–21, 2017.
Research on Social Work Practice
This article will stretch the boundaries of the interdisciplinary lens to consider the history of and current potential for the arts to enhance, advance, and amplify individual, family, and community social change goals of the social work profession. To begin, consider the following questions: What would inspire artists and social workers to intentionally work together to reveal new strengths, energy, and capacity in the areas we care about? What do the arts have to teach the profession of social work and vice versa? How have the arts already played a role in the profession, and what has impaired social work’s ability to make greater use of the strengths associated with the arts? How have other professions (public health, psychology, education, and others) incorporated partnerships with the arts? This article concludes with a call to action to advance the potential of the arts in coordination with social work and related disciplines.
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Nissen, L. B. (2019). Art and Social Work: History and Collaborative Possibilities for Interdisciplinary Synergy. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(6), 698–707. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731517733804