Cultural Policy & Advocacy in the US
Arts and culture managers operate in complex environments with public policies that influence operations and artistic creations that are produced, disseminated, marketed, preserved, and funded. What are these policies? Who makes, implements, and enforces them, and on what authority? How are new policies developed and why and how can they be changed? What is the role of the citizen in these matters? This course will provide students with the foundation, research, and tools to understand the context of cultural policy in the United States and how advocacy efforts can influence policy change. Students will examine a number of topic areas in this course including: a brief history of arts and cultural policy; federal, state, and local funding for arts and culture; the role of cultural diplomacy and exchange in building and defining national identity; artistic freedom and censorship matters in the arts; the role of cultural policy in placemaking, education, and job creation; and current issues of equity, public value, and cultural rights. Students will develop capacities to understand, articulate, evaluate, and advocate for cultural policies with an aim to benefit all.