By M.A. in Cultural Sustainability Director Amy Skillman
The MACS program is excited to announce that author and activist Arlene Goldbard will serve as the 2016 Final Judge for the Rory Turner Prize in Cultural Sustainability. Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Find her blog, talks, and writings at www.arlenegoldbard.com.
Her two newest books on art’s public purpose—The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future were published in spring 2013. Prior books include New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, Community, Culture and Globalization, an anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been widely published. She has addressed academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe and provided advice to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers.
She serves as Chief Policy Wonk of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center. She was named a 2015 Purpose Prize Fellow for her work with the USDAC.
Students read Goldbard’s work in the MACS program so this is an exciting opportunity to connect her expertise with their visions for the world.
The Rory Turner Prize
The Rory Turner Prize is given in honor of Dr. Rory Turner, founder of the Master of Arts program in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College. The intent of the award is to recognize leadership and vision demonstrated by MACS students through their final capstone work. The award is granted to students on the basis of both the quality of their research, professional application, and writing, as well as the courage, integrity and creativity demonstrated in carrying out the work.
Past judges have been Dr. Robert Leopold, Deputy Director, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution and Jon Hawkes, cultural activist in Australia and author of The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability.
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Goucher's Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability is a completely unique new program. We teach our students how to work closely with individuals and communities to identify, protect, and enhance their important traditions, their ways of life, their cherished spaces, and their vital relationships to each other and the world.