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Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, social activist, and consultant who works for justice, compassion and honor in every sphere, from the interpersonal to the transnational. She is known for her provocative, independent voice and her ability to inspire and activate.

Arlene's essays have appeared in such journals as Art in America, The Independent, Theatre, High Performance and Tikkun. Her books include Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture; New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development; Community, Culture and Globalization; and her novel Clarity.

Arlene has helped dozens of organizations to make plans and solve problems. They include nonprofits such as the Independent Television Service, the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art; foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media; a score of state arts agencies; and many others.

She is President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and Tsofah/President of Congregation Eitz Or in Seattle. She co-founded such activist groups as the San Francisco Artworkers' Coalition, the California Visual Artists Alliance, Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts and Draft Help.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2017
Machiavelli Nailed It! The 16th Century writer Niccolo Machiavelli can shed light on the actions of the newest president, especially Chapter 19, entitled, "That One Should Avoid Being Despised And Hated."
USDAC Cultural Policy Launch Plenary, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Love and Power: Standing for Cultural Democracy U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Chief Policy Wonk Arlene Goldbard's remarks at the CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 plenary launching "Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC's Policy and Action Platform."
Bill Clinton Playing with Balloons at DNC Will Make You Smile ..., From GoogleImages
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 31, 2016
Are You Adding to The Empathy Deficit? Whatever else is going on, voting for Hillary is a simple act of empathy for those who would bear the brunt of a Trump regime. Just do it. How you feel about it is your problem.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 9, 2016
Serve and Protect Who? A Thought Experiment Those who've benefited from this system at the expense of Black people and others targeted by the police have a simple choice right now. Separate yourself from white supremacy word and deed. Or wait and see how well it protects you when the violence festering at every level of American society--from street-level policing to Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric--explodes.
Image from Twitter User BasedFlacco, From TwitterPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 23, 2016
#WeveSeenThisBefore Donald Trump didn't invent the vicious racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, misogyny, and triumphalist worship of white supremacy that his statements have unleashed. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible." Trump is guilty, and should be made accountable for, his spewings and their impact. And we are responsible to ensure that is done.
We stand with Orlando - An activist at London's vigil in memory of the victims of Orlando's gay nightclub terror attack., From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 16, 2016
Scapegoats Coming Home to Roost In the aftermath of Orlando, it's clearer than ever: Singling out one facet of identity to blame for whatever the scapegoater detests is always vicious, untrue, and damaging.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 23, 2016
The Game of Ones "The Game of Ones." The Guggenheim's is just one example. Exalting individuals at the expense of communities, neglecting the long history of collective creation, cultural resistance and restoration, self-knowledge and communal knowledge to which so many community artists have dedicated their lives.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 16, 2016
On Burning Out, Burning In There's been a big discussion about "burnout" among activists lately, meaning many different things: physical maladies of overwork; depression, a sense of futility--or at least a pervading doubt that one's efforts matter. Exhaustion, emotional and intellectual. There's a wise woman in my head who likes to disrupt the magic thinking festival that goes on there. Advice to myself
James Booker, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 2, 2016
Let Them Talk: The Piano Prince If I asked you to name a prodigiously talented, extravagantly flamboyant, African American, sexually fluid musician with a body like an exclamation point and a taste for the rococo whose premature death left the world a little grayer, of course you'd say "Prince," and you'd be right. Or half-right. Then there's James Booker.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 8, 2016
You're Drafted: What Now? Nothing characterizes the difference between the sixties and our era as much as the Vietnam-era draft, making political decisions intensely personal. The Boys Who Said NO! a film-in-progress and why it matters.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 7, 2016
USA: MIA (Again) on Cultural Rights and Cultural Development Why didn't one single U.S. city apply to be recognized for cultural policy aiding sustainable development? It's a long sad story....
Bernie Sanders, candidate for President, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 10, 2016
On Race, Religion, and Human Complexity Bernie Sanders gaffe in the debate on Sunday reminds us that it is incumbent on us to do justice to the truth in all its complexity and contradiction. No one can be fairly summed up by the big clumpy identity categories we've come to rely on.
Winona LaDuke, From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 7, 2016
The Antidote to Absurdity: Winona LaDuke and Mililani Trask Winona LaDuke and Mililani Trask: Two women who provide the antidote to absurdity in a sense of the sacred in action, and who recognize that we have been asking permission from people who have no right to grant it.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tell Your Story Now! Discussion easily turns into argument and friends into foes. But when we share actual stories instead of opinions, things change. Share your story as part of the People's State of the Union 2016.
Donald Reagan, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 24, 2016
Reagan and Trump: Tragedy and Farce I'm having late-70s flashbacks, remembering when Reagan seemed like an unelectable joke. I don't want the joke to be on us.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 30, 2015
World So Undivided: John Trudell An homage to the late John Trudell, knew how to hold the incredible gift of being alive and the surrendering of our power to heal that breaks the world's heart every day.
Javier Cardona showing visitors his garden, Espacio Vital, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Normalizing The Extraordinary in Medellin, Part Two A city releases itself from terror and remakes social fabric through art, culture--and gardening. Plus a song from Carlos Vives.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Clay Feet Abounding: The Presumption of Progressive Virtue On the FitzGibbon scandal: The first step to addressing abuses of power is always the same: let go of the illusion that people whose politics you find virtuous are going to be more ethical, compassionate, or just in their behavior than people whose politics you find objectionable. People are people, full stop.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Normalizing The Extraordinary in Medell-n, Part One Medell-n, Colombia releases itself from terror and remakes social fabric through art and culture.
Artwork by Joel Bergner and Ali Kiwan with the participation of Syrian youth in the Za'atari Refugee Camp in partnership with aptART, ACTED, UNICEF and ECHO., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2015
USDAC Statement on Syrian Refugee Crisis U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Statement on Syrian Refugee Crisis. Opposing fear & isolation, sending love, creativity & compassion to those needing refuge.

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