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The Future of the Arts & Society: A Guide for Public Discussion

The Interactivity Foundation has just produced a guide authored by fellow Natalie Hopkinson titled “The Future of the Arts & Society: A guide for public discussion.”

FutureOfTheArtsNatalie worked with a diverse group of people–sculptors and poets, curators and film scholars, rapper, playwright/actor, a waitress, graduate student, economist, an attorney–to generate these possibilities about the arts. They spent many months talking about the public decisions that we will have to make as the role of art in our communities continues to evolve.

They considered basic questions such as, “What is art for anyway?” (Please see the illustration above, for some of the ideas we batted around, rendered by the artist Calida Rawles.) They spent a lot of time talking about how financial support for the arts can and must change when it is harder and harder to control the flow of ideas and make a living on creative work. And they looked at arts education, cultural diplomacy and censorship.

The group came up with 7 policy possibilities it thought would be useful to frame discussions about the future of the arts.

This FREE download and printed copies are available as a tool for community organizations, churches, schools interested in having discussions about the arts and society from a variety of perspectives. The Interactivity Foundation is organizing a discussion series using the guide, starting West Palm Beach, Florida on August 21, 2013. Email arts@interactivityfoundation.org if you are interested in using the report and are seeking support.

Resource Link: www.interactivityfoundation.org/discussions/the-future-of-the-arts-society/

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