The Institute for Cultural Democracy (ICD) is a nonprofit organization established in 1987 to help promote public education and understanding of cultural policy and cultural development practice. Its incorporated purposes are as follows:
Since its incorporation, ICD has maintained extensive archives on cultural policies and development programs around the world. Webster's World of Cultural Democracy was launched in 1995 as the Institute's primary public program, when the Institute took on responsibility for publishing the final results of a national demonstration project in community arts work, the Mendocino People's Portrait (MPP).
Underwriting to launch Webster's World was derived from generous grants to the Mendocino People's Portrait, principally from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Materials written by Don Adams and Arlene Goldbard for the MPP's final publication form the core of Webster's World.
Initial funding from the Mendocino People's Portrait project ran out in September 1995, and Webster's World is currently being operated on a voluntary basis, thanks to professional time contributed by the cultural development consulting firm of Adams & Goldbard while project fundraising continues. Internet access is being provided by Adams & Goldbard in cooperation with Pacific Internet, a local commercial Internet node located in Ukiah, California.
Funding is currently being sought to underwrite the operation of Webster's World. Tax-deductible contributions may be directed to the Institute at the address below. Send e-mail if you would like to receive additional information about the Institute prior to making a charitable contribution, or if you have suggestions of potential donors.
Webster 's World was conceived and undertaken by The Institute for Cultural Democracy in 1995 with five main goals in mind:
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