Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life / Edition 1by Steven J. Tepper
Pub. Date: 11/08/2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Engaging Art explores what it means to participate in the arts in contemporary society – from museum attendance to music downloading. Drawing on the perspectives of experts from diverse fields (including Princeton scholars Robert Wuthnow and Paul DiMaggio; Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice; and MIT scholars Henry Jenkins and Mark/b>/b>… See more details below
Engaging Art explores what it means to participate in the arts in contemporary society – from museum attendance to music downloading. Drawing on the perspectives of experts from diverse fields (including Princeton scholars Robert Wuthnow and Paul DiMaggio; Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice; and MIT scholars Henry Jenkins and Mark Schuster), this volume analyzes key trends involving technology, audience demographics, religion, and the rise of "do-it-yourself" participatory culture. Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and independently carried out by the Curb Center at Vanderbilt University, Engaging Art offers a new framework for understanding the momentous changes impacting America’s cultural life over the past fifty years.
This volume offers suggestive glimpses into the character and consequence of a new engagement with old-fashioned participation in the arts. The authors in this volume hint at a bright future for art and citizen art making. They argue that if we center a new commitment to arts participation in everyday art making, creativity, and quality of life, we will not only restore the lifelong pleasure of homemade art, but will likely seed a new generation of enthusiasts who will support America’s signature nonprofit cultural institutions well into the future.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments. Introduction: The Question of Participation, Bill Ivey Section 1: Conceptualizing and Studying Cultural Participation 1.Engaging Art: What Counts? Steven J. Tepper and Yang Gao 2. Comparing Participation in the Arts and Culture, J. Mark Schuster 3. Multiple Motives, Multiple Experiences: The Diversity of Cultural Participation, Francie Ostrower, Ph.D. 4. In and Out of the Dark: A Theory about Audience Behavior from Sophocles to Spoken Word, Lynne Conner Section Two: Getting off the Beaten Path: Investigating Non-Traditional Audiences, Places and Art Forms 5. Faithful Audiences: The Intersection of Art and Religion, Robert Wuthnow 6. Immigrant Arts Participation: A Pilot Study of Nashville Artists, Jennifer C. Lena and Daniel B. Cornfield 7. Artistic Expression in the Age of Participatory Culture: How and Why Young People Create, Henry Jenkins and Vanessa Bertozzi Section Three: New Technology and Cultural Change 8. Music, Mavens, and Technology, Steven Tepper, Eszter Hargittai, and David Touve 9. Audiences for the Arts in the Age of Electronics, Joel L. Swerdlow 10. Can There Ever Be Too Many Flowers Blooming? Barry Schwartz 11. Numbers: Lessons from Radio, Gabriel Rossman Section Four: Revisiting Cultural Participation and Cultural Capital, 12. Arts Participation as Cultural Capital in the United States, 1982—2002: Signs of decline? Paul DiMaggio and Toqir Mukhtar 13.Changing Arts Audiences: Capitalizing on Omnivorousness, Richard A. Peterson and Gabriel Rossman 14. The Crisis in Culture and Inequality, Bonnie H. Erickson Conclusion The Next Great Transformation: Leveraging Policy and Research to Advance Cultural Vitality, Steven J. Tepper
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