Issue 337: Cultural democracy: who controls culture?

  • Cultural democracy: who controls culture?

    Rampak Genteng
    10 Sep 2020

    With the creativity of communities finally becoming a policy priority, arts organisations could be handing more control over to their communities. Adam Pushkin explains why – and how – that could work.

    Arts Council England’s new strategy, Let’s Create, sets out a new direction for the arts and a challenge to most of the sector. Building on the initiatives like Creative People and Places, Fun Palaces and others, it implies a radical shift in perceptions and a blurring of the lines between artist, audience and community. 

    Now, as we start to imagine a post-pandemic cultural sector, there’s a chorus of voices urging us to ‘build back better’, calling for institutions to genuinely value... more


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