An essay by Big hART CEO Scott Rankin, as part of Currency House’s Platform Papers: Quarterly Essays on the Performing Arts
What are cultural rights and why do we need them? In the author’s words “Everyone, everywhere has the right to thrive”. It is an issue of justice, an essential service like education, health. Rankin argues that culture is not benign – it is a powerful narrative contagion that binds us together. We need to pay attention to it and be vigilant, not for the few but the whole. This paper draws from Rankin’s 28 years experience driving Big hART. he reflects on the lessons learnt from Big HART’s successes and failures – and places their body of work in an international context of alternative company practice.