The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & the Future

Arlene Goldbard. 2013, 185 pages, Waterlight Press

The Wave

Arlene Goldbard. 2013, 129 pages, Waterlight Press

In these companion books, a nonfiction and fiction pair, Arlene Goldbard argues that we must greatly enlarge our understanding of the public interest in art. We know ourselves and each other through music, images, movement, and stories. Many thousands of years ago, art aided our survival as a species. Culture is the laboratory in which we nurture compassion and discover how to improvise a livable future. Artists are both the stem cells of the body politic, generating myriad forms of beauty and meaning, and the indicator species for social well-being.