I am delighted to share that Creative Infrastructures: Artists, Money, and Entrepreneurial Action has been favorably reviewed by Wen Guo in Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts.* Here are a few excerpts:
“…a remarkable book that, over 196 pages, thoughtfully discusses and demystifies the key issues that make frequent appearances in the burgeoning discourse of arts entrepreneurship as both a scholarly field and creative praxis.”
“Essig integrates her dramaturgical lens and training in stakeholder theory to analyze both contextual and behavioral constructs of arts entrepreneurship phenomenon through the following questions: What is the economic, social, and cultural context for arts entrepreneurship? Who are stakeholders of arts entrepreneurship, and what role do they play in both the phenomenon and discourse of arts entrepreneurship? How are artists and other stakeholders situated and motivated to take action? How can the arts sector and the late-capitalist world be transformed for and through arts entrepreneurship? Most importantly, how do the power dynamics shape the narrative of arts entrepreneurship and the transforming arts sector?”
and my favorite: “I found this book an intellectual delight for scholars, teachers, and artists who want to develop a systemic and comprehensive understanding of arts entrepreneurship as an academic field; a social, economic, and cultural phenomenon; or simply a term full of controversies and possibilities.”
You can secure an e-book of Creative Infrastructures from Intellect Books, or hardcopy from University of Chicago Press or from your local bookseller.
*full disclosure: I am on the editorial board of Artivate but did not participate in any way in the solicitation or editing of this review or any other articles or reviews in the current issue.