This conference report provides analyses and perspectives from national public broadcasting and communications professionals who convened at a two-day conference hosted by the CPC.
Within the universe of cultural organizations in the U.S., the subject of ethnic, racial, generational and socio-economic 'diversity' remains a confusing, frustrating, and sometimes contentious topic. Misunderstandings and disagreements about diversity are especially common in conversations about how governing boards and staff are selected and how they work together, how audiences are served, and how choices about art programming are made. Although the word itself has become a commonplace in the arts, honest discussion about diversity presents opportunities for creating unrealistic expectations and for giving or taking offense.
This conference united a nationally renowned selection of public television executives, program producers, media critics, and academics for a unique and candid discussion about the current state of America's public broadcasting institutions.
Lasting Effects Conference Summary and Edited Transcript (PDF) — Edited for clarity as well as concision, this document highlights the major themes of this conference. It provides a clear and brief introduction to current thinking about economic impact analyses. This document also contains a very informative introduction by Jonathan Katz and a glossary of economic terms.
The conference, held at the University of Washington, was a public discussion of "Mapping State Cultural Policy: The State of Washington," a research study published by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. The project was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.