Creating Local Arts Together 2.0: Building an Online Community through the Global Ethnodoxology Network


The process for encouraging creativity to reach specific goals chosen by a community typically requires direct participation in the field. An arts advocate cannot rally for the use of the arts from afar, and intimate knowledge of a local community is critical for a successful outcome. However, with the onset of the virtual world as the new normal, unique online groups are forming over shared interests and identities. These groups fall under the definition of “community,” and as such, become possible venues where art consultants can encourage the use of the arts for people to thrive. An attempt to apply the Creating Local Arts Together approach to an online community is described here, highlighting each step of the process and detailing issues and concerns associated with bringing it online. With mostly positive results, we hope that our experience and insights gained will encourage subsequent exploration of doing creative, collaborative work in cyberspace.

Author Biographies

Anya Ezhevskaya, Dallas International University
Anya Ezhevskaya completed her studies in Linguistics and Religious Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and earned a MA in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. For the past ten years, she has been working as a translator and interpreter primarily for NASA's International Space Station program, and, recently, studying at at Dallas International University. She makes her home with her husband and two children in Houston, Texas.
Juan Arvelo, Dallas International University
Juan Arvelo received his bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. He also has a Master degree in Quality Systems Management from Universidad Central de Venezuela. He is currently enrolled in the Master in World Arts program at Dallas International University. He has been working with WEC International for eleven years and he is currently serving among the Basque People in Spain with his pregnant wife and two children.