Unlike most countries, the United States provides little direct government support, i.e., a ministry of cultural or cabinet level department, for one of the most highly developed and dynamic arts and culture sectors in the world. Rather than the result of a single national cultural policy, the arts in America have developed for the most part as a private sector enterprise supported by a variety of government policies largely conceived for other public purposes. This course will provide undergraduate students with an introduction to the history and development of public decision making about the arts and the important role played by the arts creative industries in a post-industrial world of rapid technological, social, political, and economic change.
While the course will focus on U.S. non profit issues, the arts and culture sector is broadly defined to include relevant for profit and commercial arts as well as international comparisons. Class meetings will include guest lecturers and field trips