There is much about art that’s lost when it’s defined by its social benefit or economic impact for the purposes of public funding. But some of the new avenues of research opened by arts managers’ responses to the current financial crisis can also be used to assess cultural diplomacy’s outcomes. Evaluating social benefits and economic impact of cultural diplomacy efforts would better communicate the value of these programs to stakeholders at home and abroad.
In 2009, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation published the U.S. Public and Cultural Diplomacy Timeline containing highlights and developments in public and cultural diplomacy (political events, legislation, partnerships and publications) since 1999. Compiled by Aimee R. Fullman, a consultant working in arts and cultural policy, the timeline was most recently updated in January 2010. I’ve found […]