Cultural Democracy: The Arts, Community, and the Public by James Bau Graves

By James Bau Graves

Cultural Democracy explores the main issue of our nationwide cultural power, as entry to the humanities turns into more and more mediated by means of a handful of firms and the slender tastes of rich elites. Graves deals the concept that of cultural democracy as corrective - an concept with very important historical and modern validation, and an alternate pathway towards moral cultural improvement that's a part of a world shift in values. Drawing upon a number of scholarship and illustrative anecdotes from his personal stories with cultural courses in ethnically assorted groups, Graves explains in convincing aspect the dynamics of the way conventional and grassroots cultures might live to tell the tale and thrive - or no longer - and what we will do to supply them possibilities equivalent to these of mainstream, Eurocentric tradition.

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Every community has a core group of participators whose level of dedication is extremely high. They are the motivators who sustain community over the long haul. But they always depend on a somewhat larger group that is less compelled to participate, will not likely lead in any substantial manner, and whose participation is inconsistent. Most of these people consider themselves to be community members in good standing; they’ve just got other priorities that sometimes divert their attention. Then there is a group of infrequent or lapsed participators, people who hover on the edges of community identity.

For true democracy to flourish, however, there must be citizens. ”26 Democracy is a sham unless everyone has an equal opportunity to be heard, and the contributions of many are needed to find democratic solutions. Early in the twentieth century, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wen- Introduction / 17 dell Holmes, who had fought in the Civil War and knew firsthand the results of failed democracy, found, “We do not permit the free expression of ideas because some individual may have the right one. No individual alone can have the right one.

Turns out to be a much larger question than I once imagined. The process of finding its answers holds portents and promises for every local community, and for the global community. 1 They are all of African descent, I figured, so they must share some common cultural roots. Surely, the African Americans will have an interest in probing a piece of their own heritage; and the Africans, I imagined, would have a compulsion to connect with their American cousins. We convened a planning meeting in the basement of the local AME Zion Church, inviting everybody we knew in both communities.

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