My Publication in the Tafter Journal: “Is Cultural Diversity Good or Bad for the Arts and Creative Economies?”

Arts Diplomacy Network

I have a piece in the latest issue of the Tafter Journal, an Italian online journal dealing with cultural policy, heritage, architecture, urban planning, and the use of new technologies in the cultural policy field. My article, “Is Cultural Diversity Good or Bad for the Arts and Creative Economies?” began as an examination of the intersections of cultural diversity, democracy and cultural policy. In reviewing the relevant academic and policy literature, one of my conclusions is that the more culturally diverse a society is, the more difficult it is to assign cultural (aesthetic) value to a work of art. In a climate of limited public funding (which affects many parts of Europe more than it does the US, due to their robust public support of the arts–see the news about the UK Arts Council cutting 21% of its workforce this week), the absence of clearly defined cultural value leads…

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