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A New Creative Community and Cultural Recovery

If you follow the field of community arts, you would be hard pressed not to have encountered Arlene Goldbard, who has been engaged in cultural development in its various forms since 1978 as a painter, graphic designer, art director, nonprofit manager, and consultant. Her most recent book New Creative Community provides a valuable, in-depth, and accessible introduction to the field of community cultural development. It offers both a description of the field and a powerful rationale for its value, resonance, and importance in our contemporary world. One of her projects that has particular power at this moment is called Cultural Recovery, an important and ambitious attempt to build coalitions of artists and cultural organizations, as well as such domains as education and social action. Its first initiative would be “… a campaign to create a substantial, sustained public-sector investment in community service programs employing artists and cultural organizations as part of national recovery.”

There is much richness here. Her blog, with entries going back to 2003, provides provocative food for thought. And follow this link to download the discussion paper on Cultural Recovery, well worth a review.

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