Pankratz, Morris, and their contributors reflect this forward-looking spirit. They document how policy forums, foundation support, and research centers have built an arts policy community in the United States. They also show how renewed stress on the public purposes of the arts, a broadened definition of the arts sector, and technological, demographic, cultural, and social trends have presented the research community with new roles for informing policymakers. The book's provocative chapters, prepared by distinguished leaders in arts research and policy, bring fresh perspectives on how policy-sensitive knowledge can prepare artists, administrators, and policymakers to wisely meet the inevitable challenges of the arts in a new millenium. Important reading for arts administration educators and those involved with arts administration/public arts policy, arts reseachers and scholars in cultural policy, grantmakers in the arts, directors of public arts agencies at all levels, and directors of arts service organizations.
This volume brings together nontechnical essays on these issues by economists associated with the NBER and personal statements by leaders of America's major national art museums and related foundations. It can be read not only by economists but also by museum officials and trustees. Museum directors generally come to their responsibilities with a background in art history and curatorial work but without experience in thinking about the management and public policy aspects of museum administration. Trustees who serve on museum boards generally have a background in business or law but have not previously tried to apply their experience to the unusual economic problems of museums. The background papers, the panelists' remarks, and the summary of the discussion will help them to approach their responsibilities with a better understanding of the problems and possibilities of the museum.