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.
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.
Peter Gelb is General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world’s largest and most complex arts organizations. Since his inauguration in 2006, he launched a number of new ventures for the Met, capitalizing on new media, theatrical broadcast, and a higher rate of new productions per year. Focusing on new and younger audiences, he brought grand opera to an audience of millions and opened a new revenue stream. But the debts are still growing and as the Met is „the most lavish privately financed opera house in the world“, the opinion of the wealth and patronaging older opera lovers play an important role when it comes to management decisions. The „fight at the opera“, that began when Gelb decided to combine the financial and general management with that of the overall creative director, is described by James B. Stewart in The New Yorker. It is comparable to the recent discussions about Chris Dercon, museum curator and director of the Tate Gallery, about his appointment as the new director of the Berlin Volksbuehne theatre. James Abruzzo has looked at the critique and the skills needed to lead an arts institution.
"The most precious things in life are not those you get for money," said Albert Einstein. Cultural managers, artists, and cultural policymakers are well aware that the personal and social value of culture cannot simply be measured through funding. Nevertheless, policy often tries to convey the rehabilitation of its budgets through funding cuts in the cultural sector while cultural institutions and initiatives complain about the lack of money – not just since the economic crisis. In this context, the ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers) placed the question "Is it all about money?" at the center of its annual conference 2014.
How are companies earning trust through cultural engagement? Money for “publicity”: this over-simplistic marketing principle that underlies any sponsorship agreement is increasingly losing its attractiveness for corporate communications. Here’s the thing: today, entrepreneurial cultural engagement is less about image or about customer loyalty than it is about the central asset of trust. Hence, the idea of corporate cultural engagement has to be rethought. Business logicians of capital have to learn to think in culturally relevant terms and the artists have to see the economic externalities of their actions as a means of securing subsistence.
The 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Cultural Management in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will take place from 14 – 16 January 2016 at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Management and Law, Winterthur, Switzerland and is addressing the multiple challenges in the evaluation of arts and other cultural projects, programs, organizations, and cultural policy. Debates concerning the development of frameworks for the assessment and evaluation of culture and the arts play a prominent role in arts management research.
Cultural Political Economy (CPE) is an emerging and still developing trans-disciplinary approach oriented to post-disciplinary horizons. It is concerned with making ‘cultural turns’ in the study of political economy to enhance its interpretive and explanatory power. The two-day post-disciplinary conference will take place from 1 - 2 September 2015 in Lancaster University. It will give researchers and post-graduate students an opportunity to examine and debate the philosophical and methodological foundations of CPE and to explore its substantive implications for research. It invites discussion at the interface of ‘cultural turns’, critical realism, critical discourse analysis and political economy. Specifically, it focuses on the cultural (and semiotic) dimensions of political economy considered both as a field of inquiry and as an ensemble of social relations. In the light of multiple crises at many sites and scales in the global economic, political, and social order, the organizers invite papers that address theoretical or substantive aspects of the changing nature and dynamic of contemporary social formations and identities.
In the second half of the 20th century, movements of heritage conservation and political democratization made strong impacts on state cultural policies. Going through dialectic currents of cultural hegemony/counter-hegemony, elitism/pluralism, and the pursuit of civil and social rights, citizens around the world are drawing their attentions to the fulfillment of cultural rights. Agents’ positions on, and engagements in, cultural affairs are shaping the central concerns of cultural governance study today. Paper submissions are invited for the “2015 International Symposium on Cultural Trajectories: Cultural Governance, What’s Next?”, which is to be held at the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at National Taiwan University of Arts from November 13th to 15th 2015.
On 28-31 October 2015, Aarhus University is hosting a conference on sustainability and culture's role in sustainable futures. The conference aims at facilitating new dialogues between academics and practitioners in which knowledge-sharing, learning and development is at the center. As much as presenting answers and worked-through solutions, the conference aims at asking questions and stimulating discussion and reflection.