Thinking about Local Cultural Policy in America: Navigating the Theoretical Confusion

By Eleonora Redaelli.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Over the last ten years, American local governments produced several reports studying the status of culture in their area. Even though these reports are raising the awareness for the importance of the cultural sector at local level, they present a theoretical confusion. The purpose of this paper is to navigate this confusion, utilizing academic research to categorize the different approaches. Three main domains are identified: cultural industries, cultural institutions, and cultural districts. Each domain has its own theoretical framework characterized by specific (1) foundational concepts, (2) economic functions, and (3) interaction mechanisms. In this paper, each of these elements is analyzed in detail. Overall, this theoretical analysis suggests directions for future actions.

Keywords: American Local Cultural Policy, Cultural Industries, Cultural Districts, Cultural Institutions

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.55-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 556.442KB).

Eleonora Redaelli

PHD student, Art Education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Eleonora Redaelli is a PhD candidate at The Ohio State University. Her research has a multidisciplinary focus, aiming to understand the relationship between cultural production and urban policymaking in American cities. Her academic background is in in Philosophy and Music Composition. She also worked in the field for several years. First, as public servant, in charge of organizing cultural events; after, as a manager in a private foundation, in charge of coordinating staff and special events. Her interests revolve around cultural studies, sociology, geography, public policy, and management.


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