Performing Policy

How Contemporary Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-First Century

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez. 2015, 208 pages, Palgrave Macmillan; Houndmills

Writing from an engaging first-person perspective, Bonin-Rodriguez shares the modern history of arts and cultural policies and presents a progression of local- to national-level programs and initiatives, including Austin New Works Theatre Community, LINC, and ArtPlace America, as examples of how artists and groups have designed or are key players in the practice of cultural policy in the communities. The author investigates how policy questions have been formed, who forms them, and how these questions inform and influence artists and society-at-large. This salient book would well serve students of US arts and cultural policies.