CFP: Arts Patronage in Modern America (Oxford, 26-28 Jun 19)

Arts Patronage in Modern America

Rothermere American Institute
University of Oxford, UK
Deadline: Jan 4, 2019

The founding of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965 was a celebrated occasion for many artists and cultural patrons in the United States, but it failed to put to rest the decades old public debate over whether or not art and culture ought to be supported by the federal government. From the Reagan era in particular onwards, straight through to the Trump administration, Culture Wars debates have centred on whether the federal government should fund art, if so, how much, and if not, who should? From the New Deal federal arts projects of the 1930s to the cultural Cold War and beyond, the story of the growth of American arts patronage has often been told through the lens of the federal government, with philanthropies, corporations, state and local governments playing supporting roles to leading federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Information Agency, and the State Department, amongst others. Continue reading “CFP: Arts Patronage in Modern America (Oxford, 26-28 Jun 19)”