Synopses & Reviews
Arlene Goldbard is one the most respected authors on community cultural development, known for speaking truth to power and for her visionary and graceful prose. Her seminal books and essays are widely read in the United States and other English-speaking countries--among them, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture; Community, Culture and Globalization
and this book's antecedent, Creative Community
"My hat's off to Arlene Goldbard for mapping the territory where art and democracy meet. She connects the practices, principles, theory and history of community cultural development and makes a powerful case that it is the most significant work in the arts today. No one has done this before. New Creative Community is an important book with the legs to last a long time."
--Nick Rabkin, Executive Director, Center for Arts Policy, Columbia College Chicago
"Goldbard has written a book that is vast without being superficial. Her incisive understanding of how politics, history, and culture interact and her deep appreciation of what community-minded artists contribute to society combine to produce an utterly readable book with great heart, mind, and spirit. Dazzling."
--Jan Cohen-Cruz, associate professor of drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; Author of Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States
"A powerful description of how community-driven art can transform and improve American society. Important eye-opening reading for funders, civic leaders, artists and social entrepreneurs."
--Thomas Sander, Executive Director of The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America Project, Harvard University
"Arlene Goldbard's book is an inspirational breakthrough for community cultural development, starting with the term she chooses to describe the field itself. Bursting with useful examples from across the United States and beyond... This brilliant book gave me insights and, especially, hope for the future of the arts in this country."
--Bill Rauch, Founding Artistic Director, Cornerstone Theater Company, Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine, and Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
"It is an impressive feat that Goldbard achieves in this book, giving the reader such an appreciation and understanding of this concept that one is left wondering why community cultural development isnt something that is an essential part of all our lives. Goldbard equates it with with universal education and the provision of emergency health care. After reading the passionate and convincing arguments laid out by Goldbard, it is hard to disagree."
Leszek Apouchtine, re:place magazine
"Arlene Goldbard is one of those writers who not only writes about cultureshe lives culture. She manages both to persuade us about her research but also convince us about the importance of community cultural development, which is why her latest book should be read not only by those interested in community cultural development but moreover by those who still need to learn and understand why is it so important."
"Goldbard gathers [remarkable stories] to show how arts projects can restore the spirit and animate the hopes of struggling communities. But more than just inspiring us, she offers a wealth of details about how this work is conceived and carried out, which is invaluable to anyone wanting to see something similar happen in their own town or neighborhood."
Jay Walljasper, PUBLIC ART REVIEW, VOL. 19 NO. 2, ISSUE 38
"At first glance, Alene Goldbard's book, New Creative CommunityThe Art of Cultural Development, seems tangential to mainstream community development, but that's far from the case as this work is based on strong values and principles... values and principles that are harmonious with community development."
Bernie Jones and Maryo Gard Ewell, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society
An inspiring, foundational book that defines the burgeoning field of community cultural development. Through personal stories, rousing accounts, detailed observation and histories, Arlene Goldbard describes how communities express and develop themselves via the creative arts. This comprehensive, photographically-illustrated book, which covers community-based arts such as theater grounded in oral history and murals celebrating cultural heritage, will appeal to the curious non-specialist reader as well as the practitioner and student.
Author Arlene Goldbard is one of the best-known authors on community cultural development. Her seminal books and essays are widely read in the US and other English-speaking countries -- among them, Community, Culture and Globalization and this book's antecedent, Creative Community.
A foundational textbook about how communities develop themselves and affect social change through the creative arts. This comprehensive, photographically illustrated treatise on the field of community-based arts, which range from political theater on the street to murals celebrating cultural heritage, will appeal to the curious non-specialist reader, as well as the practitioner and student.
An essential textbook about how communities develop themselves through collaborative creative arts.
About the Author
One of the best-known writers on community cultural development, Arlene Goldbard's books and essays have been widely published in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries, She has consulted with most of the leading practitioners and funders in the field, working on cultural policy, artistic production and distribution, and project planning and evaluation.