Community Creativity under Austerity

Arlene Goldbard & François Matarasso discuss the difficult conditions community-based artists & groups must work under as austerity bites.

Episode 039     April 19, 2024
Contributors    Arlene Goldbard     |   François Matarasso    

In Culture of Possibility #39, Arlene Goldbard and François Matarasso talk about the difficult conditions community-based artists and groups must work under as austerity measures, encroaching authoritarianism, and challenging world problems increase.

They talk about artists’ strengths in building community for such times, and the importance of uncertainty in nurturing a culture of possibility. They encourage listeners to approach the future from the perspective of readiness: what will be needed to face challenges and opportunities, and how can you develop it?

This month we would love everyone listening to offer their own perspectives and ideas by writing a response to Arlene and François in the form of an email to Every response we receive will feature in a future discussion.

And of course, if we ever find ourselves running Marvel Comics in 1965, we will add that everyone who sends an email will receive a special Miaaw No-Prize!