About the book
It has been twenty-five years from the first printing of The Community Arts Council Movement: History, Opinions and Issues. So, what has changed? What is similar?
Reviewing recent summaries of anniversaries and activities, one is struck by the resonance of the original concerns and the progress made: recognizing and keeping community arts issues a priority; enabling the partnership among federal, state and local partners; developing a voice for effective advocacy.
Research for the book includes written materials from various councils; about 150 discussions with specialists and practitioners from urban councils and regional, county and rural organizations; and questionnaires completed by movement founders, community arts administrator trainers, and local and national political figures who have promoted community arts to their peers.
The cover picture for the second printing of this book is of “Parade the Circle,” an annual community arts event in Cleveland Ohio. It is one event now eligible for public funding thanks to the concerted effort of arts organizations and non-profit agencies over the course of 8 years.
“This book should be required reading in order to understand the historical context of our own efforts as we map the future of the arts in our communities.”
- Peggy Spaeth, Director of Heights Arts
“From arts administrators and arts educators, to government officials and interested citizens, this book has played a key role in illuminating the work of the nonprofit arts in America.”
- Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts