Culture: how do you value yours?
by John Holden
Back in December we published Capturing Cultural Value and ever since a debate has been going on about what cultural value means in practice.
How can you measure/describe/articulate/characterise a greater public involvement and democratisation of culture? How can the cultural world be responsive to people's needs, whilst preserving the integrity of artists and the professionalism of funders? How should we square the wishes of today's public with the interests of future generations?
Part of the thesis is that answers come not from us, but from practitioners. Every institution needs to find its own way (that's part of the process that creates value) and not every institution will have the same set of answers.
We're talking to cultural sector funders, local authorities and institutions about this at the moment, but if you want to join the debate then read the pamphlet, drop me an email or get commenting.