The Arts and Society: Making New Worlds
Kendall Hunt Publishing – 516 pages (2016) ISBN: 978-1-4652-8873-8
The Arts and Society: Making New Worlds, by Jeffrey Hoover, describes the evolving world of the arts and how it impacts our lives. This book was written to help one enter into a significant dialogue about the arts while leveraging ideas and values communicated by this mirror of society.
Both fundamentals and more advanced concepts are presented for the visual arts, music, theater, poetry, dance, architecture, and film. This book considers not only the product but also the process: how work is created, presented, the resources required, and how society is ultimately served. Technical aspects of making art are discussed as well as society’s shaping forces.
Through both contemporary and historic perspectives, as well as discussion of significant works (including numerous American works), this book expands understanding of the roles of the arts. In addition to the artworks and primary source material, there are analyses, case studies, and commentary by active practitioners.
As a spokesperson and advocate for the arts, Jeffrey Hoover possesses three decades of experience as an arts educator, administrator and presenter, and musician. His compositions have been performed nationally and internationally and have been recognized through the prestigious Trieste prize, the Russolo Competition, awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, the Lancaster Fine Arts Festival, grants, publications, fellowships and more than twenty commissions. One aspect of his creative work is the combination of his music with his own paintings. His Ph.D. in Fine Arts is from Texas Tech University (music composition and interdisciplinary arts), with his M.M. in Composition and Musicology and Bch.Sc. in Education from Ball State University. He serves as Associate Professor and Director of the Integrated Arts Program at the University of Baltimore.