ARThinkSouthAsia, a program in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, is addressed to today’s cultural practitioners. ARThinkSouthAsia is an initiative of the South Asian network of Goethe Institutes - the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and The British Council - The United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and held in cooperation with Khoj International Artists’ Association.
Nesta and CCI: Taking the Creative Economy Seriously. How to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force
While prepairing our next AMN newsletter about new developments and research in Cultural Entrepreneurship, we came across this article by Hasan Bakhish, who is founding member of the British government’s Creative Industries Council, director for Creative Economy in Policy & Research at Nesta's, deviser of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England, Scotland and Wales and much more. In 2013, he wrote a contribution for us about "Nesta and CCI: Taking the Creative Economy Seriously. How to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force" that hasn't lost any of it's relevance and can be transferred to a lot of countries at least in the western world. At Nesta's, he has also been one of the three makers of the Nesta/CCI study „A Dynamic Mapping of the UK's Creative Industries“. His "Manifesto for the Creative Industries" proposes ten system recommendations for a fresh policy that establishes the creative industries as a serious economic force throughout Europe and beyond.
It has once again come to that time of year where Classical:NEXT begins its hunt for the best and brightest in art music. To offer an exceptional programme in Rotterdam on May 25-28 2016, Classical:NEXT assembles a handpicked selection of artists, speakers and projects each year. The organizers are calling for outstanding “NEXT” artists and classical music projects as well as future-oriented topics and interactive conference formats. Propose your Showcase, Conference Session or Project Pitch for the jury-selected programme of the next edition. The deadline to apply is Friday, 25 September 2015.
Cultural managers have an urgent need for advanced trainings to face the changes in society and politics concerning the arts. But what competences does that include? Lorraine Lim, lecturer in arts management at Birkbeck, stated in the Guardian that according to a study among her students, the important skills nowadays are not only how to run an arts institution, but to manage different kinds of projects as portfolio work and to create a career out of short-term employments. With regard to globalization and the differentiation of the cultural sector, this includes often neglected aspects like dealing with failure, intercultural communication and - since glocalization is coming along with globalization - insights in international cultural infrastructures, and social and political circumstances.
Without doubt, we live in an age of oversharing, much aided by the on- slaught of technology. Yet still, information gaps exist. For instance, rele- vant, up-to-date and publicly accessible online information on arts and cul- ture and their professional management can still prove hard to find for some regions and countries. Anupama Sekhar presented culture360.asef.org, an online portal on arts and culture focusing on Asia and Europe to address this knowledge gap, at the ENCATC Annual Conference 2014 and in our Arts Management Newsletter about the conference.
Cultural managers in different parts of the world with diverse, often difficult political, social or financial circumstances need specialized and adequate trainings and further education. They are the topic of our next Arts Management Newsletter. In the issue December 2014 about Arts and Culture in the Near East Stefan Winkler, Franziska Faltin and Imke Grimmer presented the Goethe Institut's cultural management programme for Egypt and other Arab countries. Egypt, like a lot of Near Eastern states, has a vibrant, internationally inspired independent scene with dedicated employees. In contrast there is the traditional culture is financially shabbily treated and reglemented by the state. In the light of censorship, centralization and a lack of professionalism in cultural management the cultural sector could hardly make any impact on its content.
Cultural managers in different parts of the world with diverse, often difficult political, social or financial circumstances need specialized and adequate trainings and further education. They are the topic of our next Arts Management Newsletter. In the issue December 2014 about Arts and Culture in the Near East we talked with Hella Mewis about Theater in Iraq, where cultural managers are needed to ensure that the cultural sector can grow again and fulfill its tasks in the aftermath of the war, during the development of a new governmental system and against the terrorism of the fundamentalist Islamic State. Culture in Iraq contributes to the development of education, community values, and openness more actively than it is often the case in the Western world.
Picture: Criticism of the terrorist practices of the IS is particularly evi- dent in this scene from the play "Interview". © Mohamed Oda
Are you working in the cultural sphere (non-profit), public administration (public body & institutions) or the private sector (for-profit)? Do you have project ideas on how to contribute to the development of your city, together with partners from other sectors, and in a participatory and sustainable way? Are you looking for inspiration, knowledge-transfer and international exchange? If so, feel invited to apply to the program “Actors of Urban Change. Urban Development through Cultural Activities and Cross-Sector Collaboration in Europe”! It aims to achieve sustainable and participatory urban development through cultural activities. Participants are given an opportunity to strengthen their competencies in cross-sector collaboration. Through local projects, process-related consulting, and Europe-wide exchange, the program participants put their skills into practice.
Extended deadlines: CfP for the Research Session and the Research Award during the ENCATC Annual Conference 2015
The ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers) awaits proposals for the 6th Annual ENCATC Research Session. It will held during the 23rd ENCATC Annual Conference about “The Ecology of Culture: Community Engagement, Co-creation, Cross Fertilization” in Lecce, Italy, on 21-23 October 2015. Subsmission from any relevant discipline will be considered, provided that they make an original academic contribution to the study of arts management and cultural policy.
Engaging Effectively with Broad Segments of the Population. Impressions from the Arts Administration Programs in the USA and the AAAE conference 2015
Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel, president of the Association for Cultural Management at Universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and director of cultural management studies at Hildesheim University, visited two arts management programs in the USA and attended the main conference of AAAE, the Association for Arts Administration Educators at Universities and Colleges, that took place April 16-18, 2015, in Portland. There, she realized several aspects of managing arts that contradict the European presumption of the arts sector in the US.