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Art in the Public Interest (API) is a nonprofit organization that supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, and that community-based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists. We represent the following projects.

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The Community Arts Network (CAN) project promoted information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based arts, that is, art made as a voice and a force within a specific community of place, spirit or tradition. The CAN project was active from July 1999 through April of 2010. The CAN website is now archived on Archive-It courtesy of Indiana University. You can view it here. CAN maintains an active Facebook page here.

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APInews was our monthly newsletter covering the field of community-based art. Back issues are available on the archived CAN website.

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High Performance magazine was a quarterly magazine published by API and edited by API codirectors Burnham and Durland from 1978 until it folded in 1997. We maintain an archival High Performance Web site where you can find a complete list of issues and contents from the magazine's 20-year history.

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Citizen Artist book coverThe Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena: An Anthology from High Performance Magazine 1978-1998

This anthology of High Performance was edited by API codirectors Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland and published by Critical Press in 1998. Stories were selected for this anthology specifically to illustrate the development of socially engaged art as it appeared in the magazine over that 20-year span.

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