Creating Cultural Capital

Cultural Entrepreneurship in Theory, Pedagogy and Practice

  • Paul Bonin-Rodriguez University of Texas at Austin

Abstract

This ambitious volume eloquently frames cultural entrepreneurship as a “critical paradigm” for artistic creators, scholars, students, and policymakers to ethically engage the communities where they work. Among the book’s important contributions are its conceptual framework and its exemplary models of cultural entrepreneurship efforts on the ground. However, at nearly 400 pages with contributions from 50 scholars worldwide, Creating Cultural Capital’s most significant offering is undoubtedly its precedence as a benchmark for the study of praxis globally. The book’s diverse cultural perspectives pay particular attention to place, distinct economic circumstances, and the interdisciplinary and hybrid approaches shaping artistic and cultural practices worldwide.

Author Biography

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez is a writer-performer and dancer from San Antonio who has toured extensively throughout the United States. His book, Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave, 2014), assesses how research and development initiatives since the late 1990s have radically reshaped artistic practices nationwide. Chronicling both historical, paradigm-setting moments and contemporary artist-driven initiatives, Performing Policy demonstrates how "creatives" regularly negotiate market-based and value-based concerns and shows how they may more effectively and ethically pursue opportunities in communities where they work.

His articles appear in Artivate: a Journal of Entrepeneurship in the Arts, Theatre Topics and a forthcoming anthology on New WORLD Theater. His plays have been published in The Color of Theatre: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance (Continuum, 2002), Jump-Start Playworks (Wings Press, 2004) and Text and Performance Quarterly.

Currently, he serves as the head of Undergraduate Studies in Theatre and Dance, as well as the director of the Minor in Arts Management and Administration for the College of Fine Arts.

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Published
2016-01-04
Section
Book Reviews