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Cultural Democracy: The Arts, Community and the Public Purpose

reviewed by William Charland - 2006

coverTitle: Cultural Democracy: The Arts, Community and the Public Purpose
Author(s): James Bau Graves
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign
ISBN: 0252029658, Pages: 256, Year: 2005
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The idea that a society's most powerful members define its cultural record is a widely acknowledged reality. Unfortunately, it is too often the case that only members of the dominant society have access to the resources necessary to promote cultural expression. Fortunately, James Bau Graves’ Cultural Democracy: The Arts, Community & the Public Purpose provides object lessons in cultural facilitation. Ranging comfortably between scholarly, didactic, and conversational tones, as an author, musician, musicologist, and cultural facilitator, Graves provides a primer on the role and responsibilities of democracy in a diverse society. Drawing from his own extensive background of successes and (bravely) failures, the author skillfully weaves theoretical and practical knowledge together to reveal the complex, sometimes contradictory, world of cultural work. His chapter titles, “Tradition and Innovation,” “Conservation and Commercialization,” “Donation and Deduction,” and “Globalization and Localization,” allude to the thorny nature of the issues faced by cultural workers and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 899-902
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12181, Date Accessed: 10/31/2020 8:54:30 PM

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  • William Charland
    Michigan State University
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    WILLIAM CHARLAND, artist and educator, directs the Michigan State University Art Education Program, and directs Saturday Morning Art (SMArt), a community-based lab school that has served the Lansing community for 35 years. Dr. Charland’s research looks at the identity development process, art aspirations and art practices of ethnic minority youth. His most recent article, The Youth Arts Apprenticeship Movement: A New Twist on an Historical Practice, was published in the September edition of the periodical Art Education. The recipient of a number of competitive Federal grants, Dr. Charland works with teachers in the Lansing Schools to embed visual art into the core curriculum.
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