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 →

This retreat led by Arlene Goldbard is limited to 20 artists of all disciplines—visual, performing, literary, multimedia, or your own definition—who identify as Jewish. The artists who’ve signed up already—writers, musicians, visual artists, and others—are inspiring. Featuring discussions; lively, interactive group study; hands-on workshops using many art forms; opportunities to collaborate; studio/solo time; and sessions focusing on participants’ own concerns and aspirations. The approach is pleasure and purpose aligned: fun, stimulating, mind-opening, and meaningful at once. Information/registration: or write to Arlene.

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:

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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.”

Honored as one of the 2016 YBCA 100.  See the YBCA 100 List→

Honored as 2015 Purpose Prize Fellow, Recognizing Social Innovators Over 60.

In recognition of her work as Chief Policy Wonk for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.