Civic Engagement and the Arts

Document Type

Presentation

Date

6-2008

Abstract

In this essay, historian Mark Stern uses the metaphor of “the tragedy of the commons” to reflect on the rewards and frustrations of conducting research on the social and community impacts of the arts. He suggests that thinking about community culture as a “field”—rather than as a collection of individual programs—might prevent the logic of the commons from killing the many benefits the arts and culture can bring to communities and their residents.

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Mark Stern, SIAP co-founder and principal investigator since 1994, delivered this talk at the Americans for the Arts conference in Philadelphia in June 2008.

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Date Posted: 08 May 2017