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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

Call for Applications: Tandem Fryslan on open communities in the arts

Tandem is a cultural collaboration programme that strengthens communities and civil society in Europe. Tandem Fryslân has been developed around Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 (LF2018), European Capital of Culture. With open community as a central theme, LF2018 focuses on cultural interventions that encourage new approaches to the challenges faced by this rural region of the Netherlands. Tandem Fryslân will facilitate the exchange of similar experiences across wider Europe. The programme stimulates the search for innovative solutions, by building long-term collaborations between cultural actors working in Fryslân and other regions in wider Europe. Deadline for applications is Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Management Topic: Miscellaneous
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 13, 2017

On a one-way street. The relationship between the national and the international art market in Guatemala

For this interview, our correspondent Lisa Harborth talked to Alexis Rojas, a self-taught Guatemalan artist with an academic background in philosophy that he also transfers to his paintings, for example by using quotes from literary texts. Lisa and Alexis spoke about the arts sector in Guatemala and its mutual relationship with politics and society, the influence of the international art market on local artists and the personal purposes of his art. 

Picture © Alexis Rojas

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 11, 2017

Call for Proposals: Classical:NEXT 2018

The leading classical music meeting and worldwide innovators' network Classical:NEXT has opened its annual call for proposals. All classical music professionals from around the globe can submit their suggestions for showcase artists, project pitches and conference sessions to be hosted at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, 16-19 May 2018. Therefore, the conference organisers are calling for outstanding “NEXT” artists, projects, future-oriented topics and interactive conference formats from all corners of the classical music world whether that be early, contemporary, traditional or experimental. Deadline for submissions is 29 September 2017.

Management Topic: Organisation & Leadership
Cultural Area: Music+Concert
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Aug 16, 2017

Reflections on the Workshop “Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Higher Education”

On July 6 and 7 2017, I attended the third seminar of the network “Brokering Intercultural Exchange” taking place in Zürich, Switzerland. Participating in this seminar was very special to me because it was the best gathering of Arts/Cultural Management academics, practitioners, and students I have have ever attended. To this appraisement, I have identified eight qualities that continue to come up in conversations like a leitmotiv from a Wagnerian opera. These include the call for proposals, host, location, intimate gathering, brilliant colleagues, no egos, subject matter, and future collaborations.

By Antonio C. Cuyler

Picture © MadGeographer/ Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Aug 10, 2017

Making Sustainability in the Arts a Priority

I was in Scotland presenting at the Association of Arts Administration Educators conference with colleagues from two other countries on Sustainability and the Arts when Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accords. The conference became a reminder that not only is it incumbent upon all of us to step up and save the planet. We have to lead. My online course Greening Your Arts Nonprofit Organization shows you how.

By Dee Boyle-Clapp

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Advertiser
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Aug 07, 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

Call for Proposals : Doctoral Colloquium - 11th Annual Conference of the Association for Arts Management

The Young Academics Working Group of the Association of Cultural Management in the German-speaking countries would like to invite PhD and doctorate students as well as advanced students in Arts and Cultural Management to submit proposals for its doctoral colloquium. It is part of the 11th Annual Conference of the Association for Arts Management (Fachverband Kulturmanagement for Germany, Austria & Switzerland) which takes place in Hamburg, Germany from 17 to 20 January 2018. Deadline for submitting proposals is 15 October 2017.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jul 20, 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
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