Catalog Course Description: The importance of the role of advocacy for the arts, issues of censorship, public funding, arts education, and artists’ advocacy through the arts.
When Co-Vid 19 shut down economies all over the world, arts advocates sprang into action to make sure independent artists and arts organizations didn’t get left out of relief efforts. Thanks to their efforts the US expanded unemployment benefits to freelance workers, England put together a $2 billion relief package to help theatre and museums re-open, and Japan funded streaming services and cable programs to provide an alternative venue for live performance.
Arts advocates have been working to make art accessible and relevant to people from all walks of life, all over the world for hundreds of years. They have worked to turn palaces into museums, rebuild abandoned, industrial neighborhoods into thriving arts hubs, organized rallies and protests in the face of censorship, and fought to bring arts education into disenfranchised school systems. In times of crisis advocates always take the spotlight. It is my hope that this class inspires you to go out and try to make a difference yourselves.[Note to CSU Students: This course meets the All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) criteria for Social and Behavioral Sciences by teaching about governmental and non-governmental institutions that have an impact on daily life through policies and laws relating to arts, culture, and education.]
Field WorkCountry: Israel
Date: January 23, 2022