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A collection of key works in the emerging field of cultural policy. The culture wars of the early 1990s obscured broader challenges facing America's cultural life in the next century. Artists, scholars, and policymakers from many disciplines and across the political spectrum have recognized the need to move beyond debates over government funding for the arts and humanities and toward an array of issues regarding culture's role in society. What should be the ideology underlying federal arts funding? What innovative ways can be found to improve the financial stability of arts organizations? How can new talent be encouraged? What are the differing impacts of private, governmental, and nonprofit support for the arts? What might be learned from a better understanding of international models of cultural policy? How will policy be affected by global transformations and the challenges of cyberspace? The Politics of Culture brings together the most important recent thinking on these questions and provides a compelling agenda for the future of American cultural policy.

Contributors include:
Carol Becker-Dean, Art Institute of Chicago
William Bennett-former Chair of NEH
Robert Brustein-American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Mass.
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean, NYU Tish School of the Arts
Milton C Cummings, Jr.-Johns Hopkins University
Paul DiMaggio-Princeton University
Michael Kammen-Cornell University
Samuel Lipman-late founder of New Criterion
Margaret J. Wyszomirski-Ohio State University
Michael Gary is a program officer at the Howard Gilman Foundation in New York City. Glenn Wallach has taught History and American Studies at Yale and Georgetown universities and is Deputy Director of the Center for Arts and Culture. The Center for Arts and Culture, a new organization based in Washington, D.C., is an independent, non-partisan institution exploring new policy directions in American artistic and cultural life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565845725
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 950,547
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
A Note from the Editors xiii
Introduction 1
Part I Defining Culture and Cultural Policy
Introduction 11
The Sphere of Culture
Culture Is Ordinary 16
Invoking Culture: The Messy Side of "Cultural Politics" 20
Social Structure, Institutions, and Cultural Goods: The Case of the United States 38
Perspectives on Cultural Policy
The Arts and the Public Purpose 64
Creative America: A Report to the President 71
Designing a Cultural Policy 79
Policy Communities and Policy Influence: Securing a Government Role in Cultural Policy for the Twenty-First Century 94
Part II: Supporting Culture
Introduction 109
Frames for Support
Culture and the State in America 114
A New Mission for the NEA 141
Leverage Lost: Evolution in the Nonprofit Arts Ecosystem 147
Institutions Under Pressure
The Age of Audience 170
Pictures at an Exhibition: Conflicting Pressures in Museums and the Display of Art 178
Making Change: Museums and Public Life 208
Coercive Philanthropy 218
Artists, Humanists, and Public Life
The Humanities, the Universities, and Public Policy 226
The Artist As Public Intellectual 236
Commencement Address: The Gift of Good Work 247
Part III Culture and Policy from the Local to the Global
Introduction 253
Impacts of Culture on Communities
Judy Baca: sparc -- The Social and Public Arts Resource Center 258
Arts Impact Studies: A Fashionable Excess 266
Re-presenting the City: Arts, Culture, and Diversity in Philadelphia 286
New Policy Frontiers
Cultural Policy Options in the Context of Globalization 302
The Policy Landscape 327
The New Study and Curation of Culture 338
For Further Reading 357
About the Contributors 363
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