Special Topics: Current Issues in International Cultural Policy
Summer 2010

This course is intended for arts managers, arts funders and policy makers, artists, researchers, teachers, sympathizers, and thinkers. It is designed to provide a deeper understanding of some of the most pressing issues affecting the arts in the United States and around the world. It also seeks to examine the implications for the cultural sector of the rapidly changing political, economic and social context in which policies affecting cultural provision are formed and executed

Below you will find some video clips of this course.

The objective of cultural policy
Speaker: Adrian Ellis,
This class addresses the issue of the ultimate 'ends' or rationales of cultural policy, both instrumental and intrinsic.

Causal models underpinning cultural policy
Speakers: Adrian Ellis, Diane Ragsdale
Cultural policy is premised on assumptions about causal relationships between expenditure, legislation, exhortation and other levers of power and influence and specific outcome.

The arts and the creative industries
Speaker: Adrian Ellis
The synergies between the commercial, the unincorporated and non-profit cultural sectors and the extent of movement of individuals and intellectual property between them.

Globalization, democratization, recession
Speaker: Adrian Ellis
Many trends in cultural creation and consumption have been and continue to be profoundly influenced by globalization. As we enter another chapter in the evolution of world economy, what trends are likely to dominate and how are they likely to affect cultural provision?

Leisure time and technology
Speakers: Adrian Ellis, Michael Fricklas
Mapping the impact and the grounds for predicting how changes in the leisure market and in technology are going to affect further the composition and structure of cultural sector.

Philanthropy, cultural markets, the 501(c)(3) form of organization and its alternatives
Speakers: Adrian Ellis, Ben Cameron
The 501(c)(3) model is critically dependent upon a capital market that is philanthropic rather than commercial in character, highly circumscribed in its operation, and in which investment decisions are not informed by the 'rational self-interest' of neo-classical economics.

The building boom and its implications for the ecology of culture
Speaker: Adrian Ellis
What has driven the level of investment in physical assets? How has it been financed? What are the long-term implications for the vitality of cultural sector?

Cultural Diplomacy
Speakers: Adrian Ellis, Zarin Mehta

A vibrant cultural ecology and its place in contemporary life
Speakers: Adrian Ellis, Alan Brown
This session reviews briefly the arguments and conclusions of the proceeding classes and seek to address the question: what constitutes a vibrant ecology; what contribution can and should government make to support that ecology; and why?