This probably should have been my first post, but I have been doing a little shifting around of blog spaces which has led me to transplant some old blogs onto this new site. The whole point of this blog is to explore the intersection of the arts and culture. For those of us not immersed within the world of art everyday the definition of culture might be synonymous with art. When we talk about being cultured many times the arts are what is being referred to. As an anthropologist my definition of culture is a little different (but this is simply because I spent 4 years of undergrad studying the foundations and applications of what culture means). I recently attended a conference on Public and Cultural Diplomacy in which the definition of culture seemed to be directly linked to the arts and art initiatives. For the purposes of this blog I will define culture as a system of learned and shared beliefs, values, institutions, and practices among a community of individuals. There are hundreds of definitions for culture, but this is the simplest for our purposes.
What I hope to accomplish with this blog is the create a forum for discourse on the issues facing the arts, culture, diplomacy, and policy. Sometimes the post will be well researched studies on current or past issues, other times they will simply be my thoughts on issues, specific art pieces, and many more topics, of that I am sure.
I hope that those who follow will participate in discussions whether you agree with me or not. Mainly I hope to use this as a space for my own exploration of the topics facing the field today.
Thank You All