SWAN Day Video – Arlene Goldbard

Recorded on March 22, 2010 at Cherry Lane Theatre
Total Running Time: 16 minutes

Please Note: This speech was uploaded to YouTube in 2 parts. When you finish Part 1 (7 1/2 minutes), be sure to scroll down the page to watch Part 2 (9 minutes).
You can also, read or download the text of Arlene’s speech>>

Towards a New WPA – Part 1 (7 1/2 minutes)

Towards a New WPA – Part 2 (9 minutes)

In this special video for SWAN Day 2010, artist and activist Arlene Goldbard talks about why jobs for artists should be included in President Obama’s economic stimulus plans.

About Arlene Goldbard

A provocative independent voice for our times, Arlene Goldbard is a writer, social activist, and consultant who works for justice, compassion and honor in every sphere, from the interpersonal to the transnational.

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.

Born in New York, Arlene grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she now lives.

For more information, please visit www.ArleneGoldbard.com.

Video Credits – Cinematographer:  Beth Cloutier