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Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her blog and other writings may be downloaded from her Web site: www.arlenegoldbard.com. She was born in New York and grew up near San Francisco. Her 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, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and author of Clarity, a novel.
Her essays have been published in Art in America, Theatre, Tikkun, Teaching Artist Journal, and many other publications. She has addressed many 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, the Independent Television Service, Appalshop, WomenArts, the Center for Digital Storytelling, and dozens of others. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center.
The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future was published simultaneously with a companion work of fiction, The Wave.
I really enjoyed this book. It challenges conventional wisdom and carefully explores the ways that art and artists can contribute greatly to solving the problems we are currently facing in our world. Read this if you want to think more deeply about how to facilitate a culture change in your community.
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There are few people alive who write about the arts with such insight as Arlene Goldbard. Her brilliant and creativity-infused approach to the very fiber of the American socio/political strata makes the case for being present in a whole new way.