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Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Cultural Recovery" by Arlene Goldbard

"Cultural Recovery"
A talk by Arlene Goldbard

Tuesday, April 21st
Lawrence Arts Center (gallery)

940 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS

Discussion will follow, and Arlene's latest book New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, will be available for purchase.

Arlene's topic is "Cultural Recovery." She says: "Most policy-makers seem to have given little or no serious consideration to culture's role as a crucible for supporting resilience and recovery. It appears we may have reached an end-point for the old 'support the arts' arguments (which haven't been working for a long time). As more and more organizations face funding cuts, we need to stimulate a new understanding that sustainable recovery demands cultural recovery." Her approach to the topic includes suggesting ways for artists and organizations to respond to the crisis, facing the challenges of bringing about a real shift in thinking about the arts and public purpose, and finding ways to be integral to national recovery. The actions needed now, she says, must be equally and simultaneously powerful as art, as political action and as spiritual practice.

Arlene Goldbard
is a writer and consultant whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her blog and other writings may be downloaded from her Web site She was born in New York and grew up near San Francisco. She now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Her most recent book, New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development was published by New Village Press in November 2006. She is also co-author of Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation and Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been published in In Motion Magazine, Art in America, Theatre, Tikkun, and many other journals. She has addressed countless academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe, on topics ranging from the ethics of community arts practice to the development of integral organizations. She has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers including the Rockefeller Foundation, Global Kids, the Independent Television Service, Appalshop and dozens of others. She is currently focusing on three projects: a book about artists working to heal the prison-industrial complex; a film about Rabbi Arthur Waskow; and a campaign to create a “new WPA” for artists. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center.

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