Arts and Cultural Management: Sense and Sensibilities in the State of the Field opens a conversation that is much needed for anyone identifying arts management or cultural management as primary areas of research, teaching, or practice. In the evolution of any field arises the need for scrutiny, reflection, and critique, as well as to display the advancements and diversity in approaches and thinking that contribute to a discipline’s forward progression. While no one volume could encompass all that a discipline is or should be, a representational snapshot serves as a valuable benchmark.
This book is addressed to those who operate as researchers, scholars, and practitioners of arts and cultural management. Driven by concerns about quality of life, globalization, development of economies, education of youth, the increasing mobility of cultural groups, and many other significant issues of the twenty-first century, governments and individuals have increasingly turned to arts and culture as means of mitigating or resolving tough policy issues. For their growth, arts and culture sectors depend on people in positions of leadership and management who play a significant role in the creation, production, exhibition, dissemination, interpretation, and evaluation of arts and culture experiences for publics and policies. Less than a century old as a formal field of inquiry, however, arts and cultural management has been in flux since its inception. What is arts and cultural management? remains an open question. A comprehensive literature on the discipline, as an object of study, is still developing. This State of the Discipline offers a benchmark for those interested in the evolution and development of arts and cultural management as a branch of knowledge alongside more established disciplines of research and scholarship.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Arts and Cultural Management. Exploring the Field 1. Cultural Management as a Field 2. Arts and Cultural Management 3. Towards a Sociology of Arts Managers 4. Situating Cultural Management 5. Death of the Arts Manager Section 2: The State of Arts and Cultural Management Research 6. Cultural Management Research 7. The Orthodoxy of Cultural Management Research and Possible Paths Beyond it 8. Why are Evaluations in the Field of Cultural Policy (Almost Always) Contested? 9. Arts Marketing (Patrick Germain-Thomas) 10. The Reality of Cultural Work Section 3: Arts and Cultural Management Discourses 11. Cultural Management and its Discontents 12. Silence in Cultural Management 13. Managing Utopias 14. Toward a Practical Theory of Managing the Arts
Constance DeVereaux is Director of the MFA Program in Art Leadership and Cultural Management at University of Connecticut, USA.
'A contribution of immense value for the field of cultural management.'
Jonathan Paquette, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society
'The book’s contribution is not only to present the latest arts and cultural management discourse or to simply denote the state of the discipline and expand existing scholarship. It offers a platform for dialogue and food for thought ... A conversation that is necessary to contest boundaries and shape the field’s future directions.'
'DeVereaux has done a great service in putting this collection of articles. Altogether, that the book should appeal to students and academics.'
Olga Kolokytha, Cultural Trends
Arts Management Network
'The anthology provides a good picture of the emergence of new multidisciplinary practices and also interesting reflections on cultural and cultural policy differences in when and why there is a need for the term "arts management". DeVereaux makes a great contribution by writing an introductory article for each of the three parts, which provides a breadth, a deep and philosophical reflection on how it is possible to think of a research relationship in the position of art and culture in society.'
Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy