Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age is written for people in the arts and cultural field, as well as all those concerned about the state of the world today and prospects for the future. A case is made in the book that we have been living in an economic age for more than two centuries. While this age has produced countless benefits, it is not capable of coming to grips with the problems confronting humanity at present, especially devastation…See More
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The Arts and Peacebuilding Group is for any individual and/or group interested in the role of the arts in peacebuilding. This encompasses working with children and youth in conflict and post-conflict settings. Conflict is defined broadly.
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Culture, cultures, cultural development, cultural policy, arts development, arts policy, international relations, the world system
About Me And My Work
I have worked in the cultural field for more than four decades as an educator, advisor, administrator, and author. I was Assistant Director of the Ontario Arts Council from 1967 to 1970, a founder and Director of York University's Programme in Arts and Media Administration from 1970 to 1974, Coordinator of the Cooperative Programme in Arts Administration and the Cooperative Programme in International Development at the University of Toronto from 1984 to 1990, and founder of the World Culture Project in 1989. I have taught arts administration and cultural policy at York University and the University of Toronto, executed a number of projects for Canada's Department of External Affairs, and undertaken several advisory missions for UNESCO to different parts of the world. I was originally trained as an economist, and taught economics at Dalhousie University and Acadia University in Canada, specializing in international development, principles of economics, and the history of economic thought, before entering the arts and cultural field in 1966.
I am deeply committed to making the case that culture and cultures in general, and the arts in particular, have a central rather than marginal role to play in global development and human affairs. This case has been developed in detail in two books of mine that have been published in English and Chinese in recent years. The books are Culture - Beacon of the Future and Revoloution or Rennaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age. Information on these books is available in the Publications section of the World Culture Project website at: www3.sympatico.ca/dpaulschafer
I am the author of many books and articles on culture and the arts in general and Canadian culture and the arts in Canada in particular, including Culture - Beacon of the Future (Greenwood Publishing), Aspects of Canadian Cultural Policy (UNESCO), Culture and Politics in Canada: Towards a Culture for All Canadians (World Culture Project), A New System of Politics: Government, Governance, and Political Decision-making in the Twenty-first Century (World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution), Culture and Customs of Canada (Greenwood Publishing Group, World Cultures Today Online), and Arguments for the Arts (Arts Scarborough). A number of my articles and publications on culture and the arts are available for downloading free of charge in the Hot Topics section of the World Culture Project website at: www3.sympatico.ca/dpaulschafer
I have just completed a book on Canadian creativity and am presently working on a book of the role and importance of the arts in society and the world.
Artistic Experiences I Have Had On My Travels
I have travelled extensively throughout the world as a result of personal travel and advisory missions for UNESCO, and have enjoyed many artistic activities and experiences during these travels.
Places I Would Like To Visit
Art Forms And Cultures I Would Like To Engage With
All art forms and all cultures.
My Creative Influences & Favorite Artists
I was exposed to many different aspects of the arts as a child. One of my fondest memories was singing in a choir and listening to classical music with my father when I was young. Over the last ten years, I have enjoyed Chinese brush painting and playing the piano, which I studied when I was young and have returned to later in life.
I enjoy the work of many artists in Canada and other parts of the world.
My Artistic Affiliations
CULTURELINK, ConectCP, Canadian Conference of the Arts, Chinese Opera Group of Toronto, and others
Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age is written for people in the arts and cultural field, as well as all those concerned about the state of the world today and prospects for the future. …
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