I’m thunderstruck! Arlene Goldbard’s new love-bomb-of-a-book — In the Camp of Angels of Freedom! What if, instead of spending all your time fighting off demons, you open up the doors to your angels? What if, instead of regretting all you shoulda, you acknowledge the overflowing sources of love in the education that is your very own life? What if you now take flight with these angels, free at last to envision a New Everything? All of which is grounded in your own experiences, your own life? Here is the path – fly! 

—Bob Holman, poet, spoken word performer, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, filmmaker and host of Language Matters

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 Emeritus of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, Former President of the Shalom Center. Strategic thinking in the service of justice and love. Learn more.


We Burn 2019
(oil on panel, 24″x24″)



In 2018 I began painting and drawing again after a hiatus of more than two decades. I knew from earliest childhood that I was an artist, and until I was 30 or so, I made my living painting and doing illustration and graphic design. The reasons I stopped were more political than personal. You can read all about them in What Was I Thinking?“an essay I published in January 2019. See my recent portraits here.


I attended The Jewish Artists and Writers Retreat in Santa Fe, NM in December, 2017. I was excited to attend, and must say that my experience far exceeded any expectations I had for a content rich, personally meaningful experience. Our group of 9 did amazing personal work together, and through Arlene’s leadership became committed to continuing this work collectively as well as individually. Arlene led us masterfully through envisioning sessions that were intended to help each of us “see” what we truly want in our creative lives, and how our creativity intersects with and is inflected by our personal relationships to being Jewish. As a result of the group process and techniques she used to facilitate this personal work, we became bonded with each other in lasting ways. Journaling and participating in group art projects throughout the 3-1/2 days of the retreat was a great way to insure that we each came away with a record of our thoughts, feelings, and the techniques Arlene used to guide us toward our personal and collective hopes, dreams, and creative vision.

Terri Cohn, Fine Art Consultant & Appraiser, Writer, Curator, Art Historian

The Jewish Artists Retreat is an immersive, invigorating, uplifting multi-day experience open to any artist—visual, performing, literary, multimedia, or your own definition—who identifies as Jewish, regardless of personal spiritual practice or level of Jewish knowledge. The approach is pleasure and purpose aligned: fun, stimulating, mind-opening, and meaningful at once. Each retreat features discussion and dialogue; lively, interactive group study; hands-on art-making; opportunities to connect and collaborate; and deep exploration of participants’ concerns and aspirations. The retreat is an opportunity to discard constricting ideas about art, Judaism, or oneself, to emerge with greater clarity about aims, intentions, and identity. For more information–>.

Arlene’s Other 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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