April 3rd, 2012 // 4:55 pm @ cloud
Michel Foucault’s conceives an intellectual who reaches into the family, the hospital, the university, the church at the precise juncture where his or her conditions of work or life situate them. Likewise, “Walk into Your Season” (2013) conceives the Principles of a Cultural Worker as a template others (leaders, organizers, groups, and organizations) might follow to impose order and constancy in their efforts and settings. The principles are a framework that encapsulates the characteristics of a cultural worker so that the cultural worker can then proceed with cultural work that applies common principles in diverse communities. The principles synthesize common characteristics of the cultural worker, empowering settings, and cultural work. They are a tool by which to gauge, identify, and assess existing empowering settings in order to facilitate outcomes and in addition serve as a structure to identify those settings, which are yet to be defined. Culture, discursive communities, free spaces, creativity, tacit knowledge, and reflective practice are all ingredients of cultural work. These ingredients radiate their possibilities through The Principles of a Cultural Worker.