Understanding the Arts and Creative Sector in the United States

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The arts and creative sector is one of the nation's broadest, most important, and least understood social and economic assets. It encompasses nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, for-profit creative companies such as advertising agencies, film producers, commercial publishers, and community-based artistic activities. The thirteen essays in this timely book demonstrate why interest in the arts and creative sector has accelerated in recent years, the many ways that the arts are crucial to the social and national agenda, and the critical issues and policies that relate to their practice. Leading experts in the field show, for example, how arts and cultural policies are used to enhance urban revitalization, to encourage civic engagement, to foster new forms of historic preservation, to define national identity, to advance economic development, and to regulate international trade in cultural goods and services.

Reflecting the rapid growth of the field of arts and cultural policy, this book will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more and understand the intricacies of the cultural policy field.

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The collective insights provide an excellent picture of the role the creative sector plays in the US and, indeed, add global implications. A valuable reference for those seriously concerned with the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813543079
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Rutgers Series: The Public Life of the Arts
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joni Maya Cherbo is an independent arts and cultural policy scholar and consultant.

Ruth Ann Stewart is a clinical professor of public policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Margaret Jane Wyszomirski is the director of the graduate program in arts policy and administration at Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Joni Maya Cherbo Cherbo, Joni Maya 1

Pt. I Defining the Arts and Creative Sector

1 Toward an Arts and Creative Sector Joni Maya Cherbo Cherbo, Joni Maya Harold L. Vogel Vogel, Harold L. Margaret Jane Wyszomirski Wyszomirski, Margaret Jane 9

2 Interrelations in the Arts and Creative Sector Chris N. Burgess Burgess, Chris N. David B. Pankratz Pankratz, David B. 28

3 Field Building: The Road to Cultural Policy Studies in the United States Margaret Jane Wyszomirski Wyszomirski, Margaret Jane 39

Pt. II Field Issues

4 The Universality of the Arts in Human Life Ellen Dissanayake Dissanayake, Ellen 61

5 About Artists Joni Maya Cherbo Cherbo, Joni Maya 75

6 Art and Cultural Participation at the Heart of Community Life Maria Rosario Jackson Jackson, Maria Rosario 92

7 The Arts and Artist in Urban Revitalization Ruth Ann Stewart Stewart, Ruth Ann 105

8 The Evolution of Arts and Cultural Districts Ann M. Galligan Galligan, Ann M. 129

9 Capital, Commerce, and the Creative Industries Harold L. Vogel Vogel, Harold L. 143

10 Internet as Medium: Art, Law, and the Digital Environment Phu Nguyen Nguyen, Phu 155

11 Historic Preservation in the United States Antoinette J. Lee Lee, Antoinette J. 171

12 Between Cooperation and Conflict: International Trade in Cultural Goods and Services J. P. Singh Singh, J. P. 177

13 Identity and Cultural Policy Kevin V. Mulcahy Mulcahy, Kevin V. 197

Notes on Contributors 213

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