Trustees of Culture
Power, Wealth, and Status on Elite Arts Boards
Her new study demonstrates that members of elite arts boards walk a fine line between maintaining their status and serving the needs of the large-scale organizations they oversee. As class members whose status depends in part on the prestige of the boards on which they serve, trustees seek to perpetuate arts boards as exclusive elite enclaves. But in response to pressures to increase and diversify the audiences for arts institutions, elite board members act in a surprisingly open manner in terms of organizational accessibility and operations.
Written with clarity and grace, Trustees of Culture will contribute significantly to our understanding of organizational governance; the politics of fundraising; elite arts participation and philanthropy; as well as the consequences of wider social policies that continue to emphasize private financial support. Ostrower's study will prove to be indispensable reading for not just sociologists of culture, but anyone interested in how the arts are financially and institutionally supported.
1. Elite Trustees: A Profile
2. A Dual Approach: Openness and Exclusivity on the Elite Board
3. Diversity and the Elite Board: Race, Ethnicity, and Class
4. Fundraising and the Role of the Elite Board
5. Status and Governance: A Delicate Balance