arts, inc.

How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights

Bill Ivey

2008, 328 pages. Published by University of California Press

In this book, Bill Ivey, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, assesses the current state of the arts in America and finds cause for alarm. The expanding footprint of copyright, an unconstrained arts industry marketplace, and a government unwilling to engage culture as a serious arena for public policy have come together to undermine art, artistry, and cultural heritage. Proposing a coordinated plan for art, culture, and expression in American life, Ivey articulates a new vision that seeks to enhance the life of our nation and its citizens.