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Author Schwartz, Lowell, author.

Title Artists and the Arab uprisings / Lowell H. Schwartz, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jeffrey Martini.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (xix, 79 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary After decades of authoritarianism, a wave of political change and unrest began to sweep across the Middle East and North Africa in early 2011. Successful democratic transitions will not be easy and will require change in multiple spheres. This report focuses on one sphere whose power and importance is often underestimated: the artistic arena. Regional artists have the potential to positively contribute to democratic transition by shaping public debate in ways that support tolerance and nonviolence. But Arab artists are often squeezed between the bounds of acceptable discourse, set by rulers who fear freedom of expression and conservative societal groups that seek to control acceptable behavior. Although the Arab uprisings lifted some previous barriers to artistic expression, new limitations and challenges have emerged. Moreover, artists continue to lack sound funding models to support their work and face limited markets and distribution mechanisms. This research explores the challenges posed by both the state and society in the region, as well as the policy shifts that may be necessary to better support regional artists. It also suggests new strategies in which regional actors and nongovernmental organizations take leading roles in supporting these artists and their work.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 10, 2013).
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Preface; Contents; Summary; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Chapter One: Introduction; The Cultural Dimension During the Cold War; Recent Shifts in U.S. Middle East Policy; Organization of This Report; Chapter Two: Impact of the Arab Uprisings on Artistic Freedom: Egypt as a Case Study; Legal Framework for Censorship; Crowding Out Independent Voices; Self-Censorship and Economic Incentives; Early Signals from Egypt's New Authorities; Egypt's Artist Community; Portability of Egypt to Other Arab Countries; Conclusion.
Chapter Three: U.S. Government Efforts to Support Artists in the Arab WorldCultural Diplomacy.; Direct Support to Arab Artists; U.S. Efforts to Highlight the Suppression of Artistic Freedom; Conclusion; Chapter Four: Nongovernmental Efforts to Engage and Support Artists in the Arab World; Programs to Cultivate Artistic Talent and Build Regional Skills; Mentor Programs and Artist Exchanges; Regional Film Schools, Training, and Film Festivals; Initiatives to Promote Arab Artists in the United States and Intercultural Understanding; Regionally Themed Filmmaking for Global Audiences.
Private-Sector Models Designed to Help Fund Regional ArtistsOngoing Challenges to Regional Artists; Chapter Five: Conclusion: New Strategies for Supporting Regional Artists; Recommendations for U.S. Government Efforts; Recommendations for Nongovernmental Efforts; A New Model to Support the Arts in the Middle East: A "Regional Endowment for Arab Arts"?; Bibliography.
Subject Arab Spring (2010- ) (OCoLC)fst01896290
Arts -- Political aspects -- Arab countries -- History -- 21st century.
Arts and society -- Arab countries -- History -- 21st century.
Arab Spring, 2010-
Art patronage -- Arab countries -- History -- 21st century.
Government aid to the arts -- Arab countries -- History -- 21st century.
Arts -- Political aspects -- Arab countries -- History -- 20th century.
Arts and society -- Arab countries -- History -- 20th century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
ART -- Performance.
ART -- Reference.
Art patronage. (OCoLC)fst00815756
Arts and society. (OCoLC)fst00817856
Arts -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00817791
Government aid to the arts. (OCoLC)fst00945173
Arab countries. (OCoLC)fst01240128
Chronological Term 2000 - 2099
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Kaye, Dalia Dassa, author.
Martini, Jeffrey, author.
Other Form: Print version: Schwartz, Lowell, author. Artists and the Arab uprisings. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013 9780833080363 (DLC) 2013019795
ISBN 9780833080424 (electronic bk.)
0833080423 (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/RR-271-SRF
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