Access and Equity

People access culture in many ways: by going to museums, libraries and performances; through educational exchange; through print, radio, television and film; and through the world wide web and one-to-many e-mail communication. No matter the system of distribution, policies that foster access to the cultural infrastructure are critical to citizens' creative potential.

Well-crafted policies that lower barriers to access and to the creation of art and cultural information -- geography, economics, literacy, disability and the shape of the infrastructure itself -- are crucial to the vitality of the cultural sector and are fundamental to a democratic society.

The Center for Arts and Culture tracks public policies that make cultural information accessible and that equip people to create culturally relevant art and information for themselves and their communities.