The Artist as Citizen featured in the Juilliard Journal
Joseph Polisi author of The Artist as Citizen and the sixth president of the Juilliard School has written about his updated book in the Juilliard Journal. He discusses why he decided to write The Artist as Citizen and also talks about the revisions that were made in the book. Read an excerpt below!
The first edition of my book The Artist as Citizen was published by Amadeus Press in 2005. I had decided to write it because Juilliard was celebrating its centennial, and the essays and speeches within reflected my thoughts about the school since I began my tenure in 1984.
In 2015, while my colleagues and I were deeply involved with the creation of The Tianjin Juilliard School, I learned that an edition in Chinese might be of interest to the many thousands of Chinese music students and professionals who were looking towards a new way of addressing the music profession in their vibrant country. With the assistance of Hong Mautz, our China advisor, who translated the book into Chinese, I proceeded to have a revised edition published by Beijing Normal University Press. For this edition, I decided to add several new essays and speeches and to completely update the edition to reflect my thoughts as of 2016. For clarity of translation purposes, the title was changed to The Artist as Leader. When Amadeus Press learned of this China venture, they asked if I would develop a revised edition in English, which was ultimately released in late April.
Aside from a considerable update in the book’s final chapter, Planning for the Twenty-First Century, which brings many aspects of the Juilliard experience to the present day, the two new elements that are addressed in the book’s revision are discussions of the aspirations of a global Juilliard and the importance of entrepreneurial elements in all areas of the school’s curriculum.
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