Call for Submissions: The Journal of Arts for Life

The Role of the Arts in the Learning Organization: 
Schools. Museums. and Communities Using Systems Thinking Theory
Popularized by business models like Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (2006), systems thinking theory has been applied widely across organizations from corporate to social sectors including the arts and education. Systems thinking theory as a world view, or lens, sees organizations as places of co-learning, where collaboration and interconnected approaches to leadership and productivity are favored over top-down, or hierarchical, power structures and working in isolation (Capra, 1996; Meadows, 2008; Senge, 2006). The organizational tone is inclusive and embraces interdepartmental work, community partnership and context, and looks at the organization and community as a culture or ecosystem.
Recently, systems thinking approaches have been applied to art education and art museums (Broome, Marshall, Smilan, Jung, Eudy, Love, & Villeneuve, 2015; Jung, 2011). This new theoretical world view is changing our practices in art education, arts administration, museum education, and art therapy. More collaborative, community-oriented power structures are changing how we view ourselves and our work as educators, administrators, and therapists. Marginalized voices are included in planning, implementing, researching, and reporting to the broader community in new and exciting ways (Stephens 2013).
Never before have our art classrooms, our schools, our museums, our arts organizations, our health and therapy settings been more inclusive and more globally connected.
As such, the purpose of this special issue is to share our stories and research that articulate how we are engaging in co-learning, sharing authority, embracing new inclusive power structures -- all leading to greater collaborative organizations.
The Journal of Art for Life is interested in receiving manuscripts topics including but not limited to the following:
·       Leadership that embraces interdepartmental collaboration, including community partners or marginalized voices
·       Shared authority in exhibition development, arts productions, community engagement, or art therapy planning
·       Student/audience/client engagement as equal partners in planning and implementation of learning experiences with co-constructed outcomes and goals
·       Collaboration leading to social or environmental change through the arts
Submitted manuscripts should be between 4,000-5,000 words (although instructional resources or arts based representations may be fewer). Please submit manuscripts at - select this special call in the manuscript type.
·       Articles due: October 1, 2017
·       Expected peer review period: October and November, 2016
·       Expected authors notified of acceptance/revision/rejection: January, 2017
·       Expected revisions for manuscripts due: February, 2017
·       Expected publication: April, 2017

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