Tag Archives: Culture and democracy

Shifting Sands

Happy New Year!  I started Creative Infrastructure one year ago yesterday to enter an ongoing conversation about the infrastructure for art, the arts, artistic creativity, and arts education.  Public policy is one element of that infrastructure, and an area of … Continue reading

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Prague reflections

It’s been almost a month since I landed in Prague to see the sites and attend the Prague Quadrennial, the international exhibit of scenography founded by Josef Svoboda in the 1960s now known as “the PQ.”  International pavilions filled several … Continue reading

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Good news, good news, bad news?

Yesterday was a bad news day for the arts in South Carolina when governor Niki Haley used her line item veto to cut the state’s art commission.  But, by the end of today, arts advocates and the democratic process won … Continue reading

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Waxing Theoretical Part 6: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

This is the sixth and final installment in my blog series on the theories that underly arguments against — and in today’s installment for – government funding for the arts.  I look today with some skepticism at the creative industries … Continue reading

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Waxing Theoretical Part 5: Neoliberalism and the market

This is the fifth post in my series on the theoretical bases for arguments against – and in the next section for – government funding for the arts.  In this installment I look at neoliberalism, that branch of market-loving political … Continue reading

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Power plays

I’m taking a break from my (not particularly popular) series on the theoretical underpinnings of arguments opposed to government funding for the arts to comment on the recent line-item veto by Kansas Governor Brownback of funding for that state’s arts … Continue reading

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Waxing Theoretical Part 4: The neocons

This is the fourth in my series exploring the roots of arguments that oppose government funding for the arts.  It is excerpted from a longer exploratory essay on the topic and is essentially a thought exercise.  My goal is to … Continue reading

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