Arts and Culture Policy: The American Case

September, 2011

I.  Introduction: The landscape of arts and culture in the U.S

II. Objectives of cultural policy

III. The Not-For-Profit model: Leadership and Governance.  Building a base for the arts and culture over the long term 

IV. The not-for-profit model– is it time for an alternative organizational structure?

V. American Culture: 1875 to the present. Genesis of the arts infrastructure. How are the arts consumed and supported: an historical perspective

VI. America’s evolving demographic profile: what role will data and research play in developing culture-related policies for the 21st Century?

VII. The high/low conflict: how do we test the hypothesis that public tastes no longer falls into separate and distinct categories?  

VIII. Participants, Patrons, Observers.  Arts education, and the arts in education: Who is responsible for creating the next generation of arts practitioners and arts audiences? 

IX. Arts Education II: The Participatory Arts and the Pro/Am Dilemma

X. Innovation in the digital era: in what ways can new technologies be deployed to engage new audiences?

XI: The arts as engines of economic development: can the arts be valued quantitatively, and if so, is something lost in the process?

XII. Capital investment and building physical infrastructure:  are there more new buildings and facilities than the arts sector can support?

XIII. Cultural diplomacy: what are the measurable impacts of cultural exchange and should taxpayer dollars be used to support it?

XIV. Preservation of Cultural Heritage

XV. Intellectual Property 

XVI. Hypothetical future(s) – What would a robust arts and culture policy look like if adopted in the United States? 

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