Get your hopes up:
change the story to change the world.

Life through a cultural lens, viewed from the intersection of art, spirituality, and politics. Read Arlene’s books, essays, articles and blogs.
Words that are “stirring, informative, passionate, smart.” “A true leader…with a generous presence and intelligent voice.” Sample talks, media, and workshops.
Dare to see your project as a work of art. Make planning an adventure in group imagination. Learn about a culture of possibility for an organization that shines.
Chief Policy wonk of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, President of the Shalom Center. Strategic thinking in the service of justice and love. Learn more →

Arlene’s Latest Books

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The Culture of Possibility:
Art, Artists & The Future

“By showing us that culture is the crucible in which we forge our laws and our government as well as our values and families, Arlene Goldbard restores our power as individuals and creative communities. This book encourages us to take back our power through creativity.”
             —Gloria Steinem
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The Wave

“If we’re going to end this fiscal madness and start rebuilding America, we’re going to have to get creative! We need a tsunami of music, film, poetry and art. The Wave is about changing the story to change the world. Buy it, read it, share it!”
             —Van Jones
                Rebuild The Dream

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Worth Exploring:

Once a year, the President delivers the State of the Union address, a broadcast from one to many. But what if we could all speak and listen to each other? What if We the People reflected in our own communities on the condition of our culture and the state of our union? The People’s State of the Union is an invitation to do just that. Learn more →
barrys blog
Read Part 1 of and part 2 of a great interview by Barry Hessenius: “I loved both of these books and I strongly urge everyone who cares not just about the arts and culture, but the future of our country, to buy them and read them, and better yet, give them as gifts to people they know.”
USDAC Call: Creativity for Equity and Justice
“The people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture calls on all artists and creative activists to join in the movement to demilitarize the police and bring justice to victims of publicly funded racism.” Learn more →