ERIC Number: ED142453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Fun Bus: An Experiment in Nonformal Education through the Arts.
A community development project employed the performing arts to focus community consciousness on local issues and problems in five towns in western Massachusetts. Performing artists and community development personnel organized town residents to hold workshops and, ultimately, theatrical productions to explore town issues. The team spent two weeks in each town. Concerns of program design included staff characteristics, training, and implementation procedures that depended on quick establishment of high quality relationships with townspeople. The area of western Massachusetts is described as rural but becoming populated by professional city workers who seek a quieter residence. Friction between natives and these newer residents was common. The fun bus program involved an advance team which visited each town several weeks before the arrival of the fun bus. The team made use of existing town communications channels to announce the bus' objectives, to gain support of a local organization and one local "academic humanist," and to arrange lodging. When the bus arrived, initial workshops were held to facilitate communication among townspeople and to identify important issues. Subsequent sessions focused on theatrical training for the program's culmination, the "town show." A review of problems cites a need to spend more time in each town, an internal fun bus staff facilitator, and a provision for follow-up discussion after each culminating town show. (AV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Development, Community Problems, Community Programs, Educational Innovation, Local Issues, Municipalities, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Theater Arts
Center for International Education, Hills House South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 ($1.75 paperbound)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Center for International Education.