What a delight it is, after decades doing cultural policy research, to discover a compendium of readings about topics which one was in woeful ignorance. The twenty-six essays gathered in this volume range over a wide variety of topics that show one great commonality: none of them are very much concerned with the traditional discussion of arts subvention or cultural policies that typically are the dominant concerns of researchers. Rather, this collection introduces us to lesser known, but remarkably innovative, arts activities.

A large number of the essays are concerned with arts therapy, that is, the use of aesthetic activities in amplifying the physical well-being of the physically ill as well as with facing challenges requiring rehabilitative support.
There are also a number of essays addressing unconventional artistic expressions. These include the pictures of groups from throughout the cultural mainstream, as well as arts activities that provide unconventional insight into the human condition.

A number of essays discuss various resources that are available to support artists in their creative work. These include international exchanges, residency programs, and less recognized modes of aesthetic vision that inspire creative innovation.  In sum, these twenty-five essays constitute a welcome addition to our knowledge of the varieties of arts activities, aesthetic inspirations, and artist support. This collection deserves to be considered by all who seek to understand the full range of culture in society.  

Kevin V. Mulcahy 
Louisiana State University