Tag Archives: Culture and democracy

The Culture of Possibility

I am an optimist.  Not a “glass is half full” kind of optimist, but a “glass is always 100% full” optimist (see illustration for an explanation). It’s all in the way you look at the glass. Arlene Goldbard is an … Continue reading

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State owned facilities turned into artist live/work spaces. Pedestrian friendly streets with cafes and shops. Open studios where you can drop in and see sculptors and painters at work.  Street art that is street art and not gang tags.  It … Continue reading

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An Alphabet of Culture and Community

As part of the third biennial Pave symposium: Entrepreneurship, the Arts, and Creative Placemaking held April 12-13, the Phoenix chapter of Emerging Arts Leaders facilitated a workshop on connecting arts to communities in the Phoenix metro area (or “The Valley” … Continue reading

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From Reformation to Aggregation

Two years ago, when Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation delivered the keynote address at the Second Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts, and in his Ted talk of 2010, he spoke of the arts being … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama’s Bully Pulpit

“every day through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imaginations to dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.” The numbers aren’t in yet, but it is estimated that a … Continue reading

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Diversity, Equality, Bus Lanes, and Arts

I had the opportunity to hear urban theorist and former mayor of Bogotá Enrique Peñalosa speak this week about his vision for more sustainable and egalitarian cities.  He is a public transportation and urban greenspace evangelist.  One of the basic … Continue reading

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A Loss for Words

I have been at a loss for words.  At first, my blogosphere silence was caused by wrapping up a semester of teaching, research, and service. I figured I would just wait until December 31 and write an anniversary post (Creative … Continue reading

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