EXPLORE CULTURAL POLICY
A policy is a pledge that guides future action. Join us in holding agencies and institutions accountable to cultural democracy.
We offer this platform to amplify ideas that can advance social healing and bring us closer to a future that countless Citizen Artists have told us they wish to inhabit: cultural democracy grounded in equity and engagement; full cultural citizenship, belonging without barrier; and deep respect for the right to culture—expression, participation, recognition—underpinning any just and caring society.
We the people have the power to enshrine the #RightToBelong as public and private policy. A policy is a kind of pledge to guide future action. When an agency or institution adopts a policy, they are saying, “Hold us accountable to this.”
We collaborate with public and private entities to research, design, implement, and disseminate projects that enact our aims and values. We seek opportunities to share our creative cultural development expertise, deep knowledge of civic engagement, and transformative storytelling with partners in experimentation.
The right to culture is meaningless unless the value of human culture is recognized and protected. Your neighborhood, city, county, state, nation—any public body authorized to make decisions about things like zoning and development—can support cultural rights by adopting a Cultural Impact Study (CIS) requirement for every project with potential negative cultural impact, designating each project as approved, in need of mitigation to avoid cultural harm, or disapproved.
An Act of Collective Imagination: The USDAC’s First Two Years of Action Research is the first publication to summarize the USDAC’s work to date, along with the lessons we’ve learned about translating community members’ visions into powerful ideas and action.
In November 2016—at CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 in St. Louis, just a few days after the presidential election—we launched “Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Platform,” ten points of intervention to help bring about cultural democracy, to nurture a social order of equity, justice, creativity, and belonging.
Policy proposals like these are just ideas until people start putting them into action. Our “Prototyping Cultural Democracy” series documents seven projects that received small grants through USDAC Lab to implement aspects of the Platform at the local level. Read about each project below.