Table of Contents

About the Project

About Jane

Gallery of Works

The Book

News & Events

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News & Events

Jane Wilburn Sapp in Residence
April 13 - 25
More details to come. Please check back soon.

Support the Project!


Int'l Visiting Research Scholar Public Talk

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
May 6
, 8:00-10:00pm

View a video
"Composing Our Lives
Together" song-writing
workshop with Jane Sapp

"Seeking Lives of Purpose"
'DEIS Impact Event Series
with Jane Sapp, Don West
February 1-10

Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African American Musical Tradition

January 29

Blog post: Five Misconceptions about the Field of Community Cultural Development

Reflection from a national meeting

Meeting about new independent study/ internship opportunity:

Cultural Work and Social Transformation

January 15

View videos from “I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table:” Resilience, Cultural Work and Development in the African-American Community
November 2013

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The Book

A Way Out of No Way:
Jane Sapp, Cultural Work and Social Transformation
By Jane Sapp with Cynthia Cohen

Currently being written, the book documents and analyses the over 40-year career of Jane Wilburn Sapp, a musician, educator, organizer, folklorist and cultural worker. It will include a nuanced autobiography, explorations of the themes that animate Ms. Sapp's practice, and an analysis of the core principles of cultural work.  The book is unique in that it will focus on the cultural dimensions of community organizing and social justice work, an area not often explored in other treatments of social transformation.

  • Foreword, Preface, Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - “I Sing Because I'm Free”: Jane Sapp's Story.
  • Chapter 2 - “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”:  Community as the Core of Cultural Work Practice.
  • Chapter 3 - “Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Then Why Not Every Man?”: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice
  • Chapter 4 - “I Feel Like Going On”: Cultural Work and Resilience in the Face of Social and Political Assaults
  • Chapter 5 - “All of God's Children Got Shoes”: Work Within and Between Communities
  • Chapter 6 - Elements of cultural work practice.
  • Chapter 7 - Contexts of cultural work.
  • Afterword
  • Appendices -
    • Music scores
    • Bibliography
    • Discography
  • Enclosure - Disc of performances of music referenced in the book.