CultureWork ; Vol. 17, No. 03
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Nearly fifty years ago, Robert E. Gard, Wisconsin community arts pioneer, challenged Americans to ensure our arts were for everyone, in every part of the country. The past two to three decades have seen great strides in diverse community-building, but it is still an unfinished conversation. How diverse are our art makers, leaders, audiences, funders, educators, and students? How equitable is funding for arts and culture? How accessible are the arts for every person living in the United States? Where are we succeeding, and where are our deepest challenges? As America indeed changes at a rapid pace, now is the time for communities nationwide to intentionally and thoughtfully investigate, evaluate, and set forth action agendas around the ideas of access and equity.