Episode 004

Funding for Community Arts









Arlene Goldbard

Francois Matarasso



April 16, 2021


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In the fourth episode of A Culture of Possibility, Arlene Goldbard and Francois Matarasso compare U.S. and European funding systems for community arts. In this discussion they are not interested in who gets funding and whether that funding is deserved. Nor are they concerned with where funding goes. Instead they focus on the underlying bases for making funding decisions in the first place.

They find that both the American and European systems are way too focused on the wrong questions, with results that are politically, ethically, and culturally problematic.

How did this happen? What would be better?

Francois and Arlene have both written a great deal about questions of cultural policy and cultural funding over many years. This discussion can only scratch the surface of their thinking. If you are interested in what they have to say then you should check their websites for articles and links.