Mobile public arts spaces and social capital building: A Hong Kong perspective

Samuel LEONG, Josephine Kitty DO, Yang HE

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Public space and community development are vital to the building of social capital. The creation of networks and connections between community members from different backgrounds is facilitated by the creation of public spaces that provide opportunities for social interactions. Hence a key to developing social capital is the creation of more public spaces. But what can be done in crowded cities with limited spaces such as Hong Kong? This paper posits the close connection between public spaces, social capital, and community development, and examines a Hong Kong community-based project that demonstrates an alternative approach to the creation of public spaces. This project’s mobile public arts spaces highlight the potential for adding the element of mobility to public spaces as well as the importance of artistic events in building social capital. These spaces also constitute a form of community-based education. Copyright © 2016 the Education University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


public space
social capital
Hong Kong
community development


Leong, S., Do, J., & He, Y. (2016). Mobile public arts spaces and social capital building: A Hong Kong perspective. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 15(1), 1-21.


  • Mobile arts space
  • Public space
  • Community development
  • Social capital