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“There are no universal formulas.” How intercontinental experiences can enrich the profession of arts management

Emilio Piñango studied dance, arts management and arts education at universities in Venezuela and Spain. He worked as performing arts manager for the Ministry of Culture Venezuela and just started a PhD program in Arts at the Sorbonne University, France. Based on this manifold background, we talked to him about cultural policies and audience development for the performing arts. And as this interview is part of our series on cultural managers in Central and South America, he shared with us his experiences on the differences of studying arts management in Venezuela and Europe, and how the respective knowledge can be transferred to another region of the world.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Theatre+Dance
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 25, 2017

New Places + Spaces + Faces. A review of the first American Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Conference on European ground

The 36th Annual AAAE conference was hosted by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh between May 31st and June 2nd 2017 and was therefore a new place for the Association that met outside the USA for the first time. The fact, that the conference took place in Europe, surely resulted in several new faces. One third of the participants were so-called first timers (assumedly several of them Europeans who took advantage of not having to travel that far).

By Raphaela Henze

Picture: Edinburgh @ Andrei-Daniel Nicolae/ flickr.com - CC BY 2.0

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Aug 02, 2017

How Globalization affects Arts Managers

This research seeks to develop greater understanding of the impacts of globalization, digitalization, and (im)migration on the work of arts managers and arts management researchers. Different from studies that focus specifically on those who work exclusively in international contexts, this paper aims to present current research based on an international empirical study of arts managers who do not necessarily cross borders for their work and who would in most cases not even consider their work international as such. The findings are a brief excerpt of the results of an online survey in October and November 2015 among 352 arts managers in 46 countries. It dealt inter alia with the question how globalization affects the day-to-day work of arts managers and how they deal with the challenges globalization imposes on them. 

By Raphaela Henze

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jul 11, 2017

Arts management courses to empower local artists in Mexico-City

For this interview, our correspondent Lisa Harborth talked to Marcela Jiménez López, the Subdirector of Mexico City’s program Small Cultural Enterprises. It was started ten years ago to support local artists in building up their own enterprises. The program teaches general knowledge in arts management and supports artists in building up their own enterprises. Small Cultural Enterprises thereby compensates the lack of management education during artistic studies in university. In 2016 alone, over 250 artists participated in the program. 

Picture: Street art in Mexico City © Lisa Harborth

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jun 12, 2017

CfP: Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Practice

This seminar, taking place 16th – 17th of November 2017 at Goldsmiths, University of London and organized by network Brokering Intercultural Exchange, will explore how historical, institutional and social assumptions and traditions of arts and cultural management are exchanged and reproduced through the intercultural exchanges that take place in arts and cultural management practice. The deadline for submission ends on August 26, 2017.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jun 07, 2017

Research Results on the Work Routines of Arts/ Cultural Managers in International Contexts

This article presents the results of a research on the opinions of arts/ cultural managers around the world regarding their profession, working conditions, current challenges, required competencies, and training opportunities. From a Western perspective it seems like cultural management is well established as a profession and as an academic discipline with a profound body of knowledge and strategies that seem to be similar all over the world. Moreover, due to an increasing amount of cultural cooperation beyond borders, working practises in arts and cultural management seem to become universal. But is cultural management getting harmonized due to cultural globalization? Or are concepts and practices of cultural management more influenced by the specific national or regional conditions?

by Birgit Mandel

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on May 23, 2017

Are arts managers their own enemy when it comes to intercultural development? Insights from the #interculturalmanagers workshop

This first workshop of the new network “Cultural Managers as Intercultural Brokers” took place 15-17 January 2017 at Heilbronn University, Germany. Its highly renowned international participants examined the role that arts and cultural managers can play in handling the challenges of globalisation. And they discussed the question how arts management is influenced by certain worldviews and how this in turn influences the fulfilment of its tasks in international contexts, and thereby shed light on the sometimes self-inflicted barriers for fostering intercultural understanding.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Feb 27, 2017

Book preview: Introduction to International Arts Management by Raphaela Henze

"Introduction to International Arts Management", the first book published on this topic in German, deals with the reactions of arts managers in more than 45 countries around the world to globalization and illustrates how arts organizations strive to internationalize not only to increase competitiveness, but also to reach out to an increasingly diverse audience and bring the potential and talent that is inherent in this diversity to the forefront. "Introduction to International Arts Management" strongly advocates for more international transfer and for interdisciplinary networks of academics and practitioners to foster critical discourse about arts management practice and to develop sustainable strategies to deal with increasingly diverse societies. 

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 14, 2016

CfP: MuseumNext Europe 2017

For the last seven years MuseumNext conferences have focused on the future of museums and how the sector is forging ahead,  showcasing innovative ideas and delivering thought-provoking insight. MuseumNext is a catalyst for innovation, transformation and collaboration in museums, galleries and heritage sites. The European version of MuseumNext will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from June 26th to 28th 2017. The deadline for submission is Friday 6 January 2017.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 26, 2016

CfP: 9th Midterm Conference of the RN-Sociology of the Arts - Arts Management Studies Research Stream

The 9th Midterm Conference of the Research Network Sociology of the Arts and Creativity on "Working on Identity and Differences" will take place September 8th-10th 2016 it the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, Portugal. Co-organizers are the European Sociological Association and the Thematic Section Art, Culture and Communication of the Portuguese Association of Sociology. The ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological contexts for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven aspects which characterize the art worlds in societies nowadays. The general topic of this Conference "Art and Creativity – Working on Identity and Difference" questions the processes through which in an increasingly global, open, different and multicultural world artistic creativity is (re)defined, fostered, evaluated and asserted. The Arts Management Studies Research Stream workshops will support the conference theme by focusing on how arts management can support identity and difference as expressed in art and through creative expression. It will do this through a day of workshops centered on this theme. The Arts Management Studies Research Stream aims to provide a forum for interrogating and investigating the role of arts management as an academic discipline, area of research, and a field of practice. It will therefore, consider the theme of identity and difference as a concern for arts management and ask researchers to explore and question the role that arts managers have in nurturing and encouraging, identity and difference, in audiences, artistic practise and programming choices. Proposals can be submitted until February 15th, 2016.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jan 18, 2016