Culture is at the heart of society. The Center analyzes the role of culture in the development of the community, combating extension, revitalizing rural neighborhoods and urban centers, improving the quality of life and the benefits of social capital.
Through historical preservation, cultural tourism and civic participation, culture plays a key role in economic revitalization, in the revitalization of neighborhoods and in the development of society. In addition to economic importance, culture affects the quality of life. Social capital, shared values and important community bonds are promoted through participation in cultural activities. The critical elements in the promotion of ethnic and economic diversity, art and culture can also lead to divergent points of view.
In addition, the definitions of society and culture change in the new century when virtual neighborhoods and networks operate on the Internet within a common geographic area and throughout the world.
The Center for Art and Culture tracks public policies at the federal, state and local levels that directly affect the quality of life and economic health of the communities.
The Center also promotes cultural policy activity at the local level through its cultural policy in the Grassroots initiative.
In June 2002, education and arts leaders met at Pennington College in Vermont to discuss the challenges facing arts education today. The collaboration between the College, the J. Paul Getty Trust Seminar, Art, Artists and Teaching was designed to explore new ways of inspiring creative motivations for art and teaching information artists in the United States, as well as new teaching models and learning. .
Paradoxically, the business community struggles with creative people, who are seen as the competitive key to innovation in the globalized world, but the educational system continues to place greater emphasis on mathematics, science and other “hard” disciplines, which are considered more “tools”. The arts help to strengthen the creative capacities and cultural literacy that are fundamental for the development of fully engaged citizens in the global community.
– From the report of art, artists and teaching
The Pennington College of Arts – an institution that focuses on a comprehensive and individual development experience – presented its curriculum first, and then all the participants joined in a discussion about the implications of research, policies and practices.
To speak of the role of the artist in teaching is to speak of pedagogy that fosters realization, assistance, problem solving, responsibility and experience, concepts that are not revolutionary per se, but perhaps revolutionary in the formation of the state of education. artistic as essential -even critical- in development A postindustrial and healthy industrial society.