The Arts and the Public Purpose

1997. The American Assembly

This 1997 Assembly centered on the role of the arts in American public life. The meeting explored how the arts help define what it is to be an American, contribute to quality of life and economic growth, and help to form an educated and aware citizenry.  Participants also concluded that improved education in the arts, preservation of artistic heritage, improved data analysis in arts policy, and improved collaboration within the sector were essential to expanding the role of the arts in public life.

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