Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
The role of art in community building, creative placemaking, and economic growth in the Western world has been fully examined and realized. However, in Saudi Arabia public art is just beginning to be accepted and the impact is interesting to consider. This BBC article, Art in Saudi Arabia: Appetite fuels public displays, examines the evolution of public art in Jeddah, a city sacred to Islam and a Saudi Arabian cultural center. Most notably this city-wide acceptance of public art opens opportunities to empower women in preserving their history, aiding in female autonomy, providing outlets for female artists, and correlating with major infrastructure and development expansions.