Wait, wait! Are we done already?
BIll returns to the role of nonprofits in advancing the idea of expressive life. I agree: one thing this dialog has made abundantly clear is that for the idea to gain traction with policy makers, the first responsibility lies with us, who operate within the professional culture sector, to respect not only the idea of the cultural right to an expressive life, but also the individuals who pursue that right and the activities attendant upon that right. For the time being, anyway, the media and other purveyors of commercial culture will acknowledge those individuals to the degree that they are, or can be converted to being, consumers. It is the nonprofit cultural sector that has the already recognized responsibility to serve the public interest. and as such I believe that it is nonprofit cultural organizations that can and should be on the front lines of welcoming all kinds of creative individuals into the center of their missions and activities. The organizations who are thinking and acting most innovatively are already moving toward embracing this role.
PS to Jim: I expect there is always a tension between voice and heritage; indeed, exploring such tensions is exactly what narrative is good at doing.
I hope we can continue this conversation in other venues, it's a privilege to be in all your company.
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