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Using the Creative Arts for Transformational Learning
by Tessa Mendel

Grounded in a theoretical and practical exploration of critical approaches to personal and social change, Using the Creative Arts for Transformational Learning offers educators, artists, and community workers an innovative approach to using the creative arts in their work. This comprehensive resource develops an original learning model for using the creative arts to understand and address fundamental issues in our lives and in our society. Specific examples of creative activities and entire workshops show how the creative arts can be used in a transformational learning and change-oriented process when working with groups.

“Weaving together theory, personal experience and a deep knowledge of the power of Art to transform individuals and communities, Mendel has written a comprehensive and accessible book that fills the meaning and how-to gap skirted by much of the current discourse around arts for social engagement and community arts. Read this book! Its pages will inspire and guide artists, adult educators, and activists to create meaningful arts-based opportunities for personal and social change.” —Terri Whetstone, Artist and Executive Director, 4Cs Foundation, Nova Scotia “Using the Creative Arts for Transformational Learning is a welcome new resource for all of us working in community-engaged arts. It expresses the difficulties and desires concerning the combination of personal and social/political creative expression with a refreshing mix of subtle thought, personal experience and hands-on advice. Tessa Mendel responds to matters at the heart of our work – boldly asking a question that often gets side-stepped: how exactly does art-making cause change? In responding to this question, she succeeds in the delicate task of offering a coherent analysis and approach that illuminates theory and assists practice without being prescriptive. I know that I will be referring to, citing and recommending this book for years to come, and I’m proud that Jumblies is able to help publish and promote it.” —Ruth Howard, Artistic Director, Jumblies Theatre, Toronto “Part memoir, part work-book, part-theory, part exercise-guide, this is a must-read and must-use book for any arts practitioner interested in personal and social change. As a visual arts university instructor, as an individual practicing visual artist, and as a community arts facilitator, I will be guided by the principles and deepening learning I found in this book.” —Rose Adams, Artist and Educator, Foundation Faculty, NSCAD University

Tessa Mendel is a theatre director, community-based theatre facilitator and educator who has worked throughout much of Canada and internationally (Ethiopia, Jamaica). She has taught in theatre programs at Memorial University in Newfoundland and at Acadia, Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent Universities in Nova Scotia and has directed over thirty productions at theatre and universities in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Tessa was the founding director of a company that worked with youth to create plays about social issues in Toronto’s public housing communities. In 1995 she founded the Women’s Theatre and Creativity Centre of Nova Scotia with a mandate of connecting women and community, creativity and social change. Tessa is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Halifax Theatre for Young People. She received a Nova Scotia Established Artist Recognition Award in 2014. For information about workshops and speaking engagements please visit the website or contact the author at


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