Why Arts? Making the Case

June 21, 2012 by admin

He sat less than two feet away, with just the bare table between us. Everything seemed to be going well. We were talking about the value of creativity and innovation in education, commerce, and culture, and how incorporating creativity principles into curriculum development would improve school culture across his district. There were fervent nods of agreement, as we seemed unified in our conviction of the importance of creativity in developing twenty-first-century learning skills.

February 19, 2012 by admin
This play was commissioned by Americans for  the Arts and was first performed as part of the conference session, Too Progressive, Too Elite: Public Value and the Paradox of the Arts, at the Grantmakers in the Arts 2011 conference on October 11, 2011. The cast consisted of  Elise Hunt, Britney Frazier, and Sean San José. You can watch a video of this performance at the GIA YouTube channel.


January 3, 2012 by admin

December 2011, 38 pages. National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20506, (202) 682-5400, www.ars.gov


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August 9, 2011 by admin

2011, 416 pages, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL

Is a major shift in worldview taking place across the globe today? If so, what role can artists, arts organizations, and cultural creatives play in imagining and sustaining a future with more equitable lifeways?

August 8, 2011 by admin

May 28, 2011

Today more than ever, states that want to be competitive need a policy agenda that supports and nurtures the creativity and economic productivity of their citizens. With his veto of funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, Governor Sam Brownback has now declared his opinion that Kansas is too poor for that. The real poverty expressed in this action is not of the pocketbook; state arts agencies yield excellent return on investment in jobs and tax revenues.

April 15, 2011 by admin

Activities that are good in themselves are good for the economy, and activities that are bad in themselves are bad for the economy. The only intelligible meaning of "benefit to the economy" is the contribution — direct or indirect — the activity makes to the welfare of ordinary citizens.

October 26, 2010 by admin

All things in nature have a shape, that is to say, a form, an outward semblance, that tells us what they are, that distinguishes them from ourselves and from each other.

March 9, 2010 by Abigail

2009, 12 pages. WolfBrown, 808A Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-796-3060, www.wolfbrown.com

“Creative capital is the network of understandings, values, activities, and relationships that individuals, organizations, and communities develop when they share what earlier generations have imagined and when they, in turn, generate and pass on what they imagine.”

February 26, 2010 by Abigail

April 2010, 224 pages, ISBN 978-0-9815593-5-3. New Village Press, PO Box 3049, Oakland, CA, 94609, 510-420-1361, www.newvillagepress.net