Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world and most people connect it to its former status as a tax haven when they think about this small speck of earth in Europe. We spoke with Professor Dr. Rainer Vollkommer, the director of the Liechtenstein State Museum about what it is like to direct a cultural institution with a regional focus in a country that many regard as provincial.
The ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers) Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management will be granted for the 3rd time to a recently published PhD thesis exploring, through comparative and cross-cultural research, issues at stake and taking a step from evaluative (descriptive) to comparative applied research, or to a PhD thesis that informs policymaking and benefit practitioners active in the broad field of culture. Granted each year, the ENCATC Award consists of the translation of the winning PhD thesis into English or French and its publication in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Book Series specialised in topics related to cultural management and cultural policy headed by ENCATC. Application deadline is June 30th.
The IAMA – International Artists Management Association - meetings twice a year are a firm date in many artist manager’s diaries. The first one of this year took place in Utrecht, Holland April 7-9, 2016, and attracted over 400 delegates with the motto “Shake it off”. This could be interpreted in various ways – shake off the depressive mood that has become so prevalent when talking about classical music or shake off the old ways of doing business and take active steps in new directions. Both interpretations were equally valid within the context of the discussions.
The 7th Annual ENCATC Research Session will be held on October 6-7 during the 24th ENCATC Annual Conference in Spain, in the city of Valencia. Proposals from any relevant discipline will be considered, provided that they make an original academic contribution to the study of arts management and cultural policy. Deadline is 20 June 2016.
"The Placeholder" is a year-long, Europe-wide review of innovative, plug-in financial tactics that many cultural organisations develop in order to stretch their resources. The project is funded by Tandem Europe and was initiated by two small cultural organisations in different parts of the Europe that both have felt the pressure of dwindling funds, and realised that there is need for immediate practical skillshare between organisations in similar situations. "The Placeholder" is interested in non-institutional, unusual, informal methods from users' point of view, and as a peer-to-peer outcome will compile an archive of the tested, annotated tactics that will be accessible to all. Deadline for participation is 31 May 2016.
Introducing the EMPHOS Project on Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum and Heritage Organization Professionals
In many European countries, the arts, heritage and cultural sector is supported by or partially subsidized by government. However, due to the economic crisis and cuts in budget, the amount of funds for direct subsidies is decreasing. Some cultural heritage organisations and museums do not have enough funds to sustain themselves. Starting from this assumption, the project “Empowering Museum Professionals and Heritage Organizations Staff by cultural entrepreneurship training and research” (EMPHOS) has the objective to develop the entrepreneurial skills and attitude of museum professionals and cultural heritage organization’s staff, using research, training, networking and exploitation activities.
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. The Museum Next team continues to do so with the next conference taking place in New York on November 14 – 15 2016 and is inviting proposals on the theme of transformation. Deadline is Friday 30 June 2016.
Life-long learning is evident for today’s leaders and designers. If leaders would approach emerging problems like designers, many products, services and procedures would become more functional, and would be able to create long lasting values for the organisation and society. Such an approach has to be learned and steadily trained. The act of authentic learning takes place by only leaving one’s comfort zone. For that reason we present a novel integrative education concept, the DIS.CO EXPERT leadership program. It is built on the interaction of different disciplines and the collaboration of different professions, and places business professionals into designer and artist roles, while designers and representatives of the creative disciplines are enforced to become leaders.
CfP: International Symposium on Cultural Trajectories. Cultural Governance, Global Mobility and Actions
The annual conference "Cultural Trajectories" is to be held at the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at National Taiwan University of Arts from November 4th to 6th 2016 and is supported by the strategic partners ENCATC - The European Network on Cultural Management and Policy, and ANCER - Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research Date. The 2016 issue on "Cultural Governance, Global Mobility and Actions" is adressing engagements of agents in cultural public sphere that are shaping central concerns of cultural governance study today. Paper submission deadline is June 1st, 2016.
Ecologies are not Biotopes. Conference Report on the 23rd Annual ENCTAC Annual Conference, Lecce 2015
The 23rd ENCATC conference on the issue of “The Ecology of Culture: Community Engagement, Co-Creation, Cross-Fertilization” took place in the city of Lecce in South Italy in October 2015. It brought together international researchers, policy makers, culture professionals and students in what turned out to be a very fruitful, lively and by no means exclusively European discussion forum. Academics, however, still dominated the event, with only few artist and cultural entrepreneurs present. It is certainly a matter of communication and cultural as well as political infrastructures to encourage them to get more involved, rather than staying the passive object of research.
Figure: Entrance of the conference venue Palazzo Turrisi Palumbo. © Jelena Loeckner