Next spring, I will be teaching a short one-credit course for grad students “Readings in Arts Policy.” The format is such that over the course of 7 ½ weeks we will read and discuss arts and cultural policy (in the U.S.) via some of the literature of the field. My training in policy studies comes from the public administration tradition and my practical experience in the arts is in the trenches of the nonprofit theatre sector rather than as a policy actor. Thus, I find myself pulled in several directions as I search for the center of this course; policy process, advocacy, economics, are but three of the possible foci. And so, I turn to you, dear readers, for suggestions. Some of you are policy actors, some of your are artists, some of you are graduate students, some are faculty colleagues – most are probably some combination of two or more. If you were to take or teach such a class, what would be on YOUR “must read” list.
I have some ideas, of course, but welcome you input. Please share your suggestions by posting a comment here. Thanks!