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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

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 Applications: Actors of Urban Change 2017-2019

Actors of Urban Change is a program by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with MitOst e.V. It aims to achieve sustainable and participatory urban development through cultural activities and by using specific potentials of culture as driver and enabler of positive change. This is carried out by strengthening the competencies for cross-sector collaboration among actors from the cultural, public and private sectors. Through local projects, an international qualification program, Europe-wide exchange and individual coaching, the participants put those skills into practice. After two stages (2013-15 and 2015-17) of the program, the third program round takes place from autumn 2017 to summer 2019. Deadline for submissions is 22 September 2017.

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jul 27, 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

Where good connections are more important than artistic quality. The cultural sector in Mexico

In a new series, our correspondent Lisa Harborth will introduce forward-looking projects, talk to visionary arts leaders and deliver insights into the status quo of the arts sector and cultural management in Central America. For this first interview she talked to Aaron Hernandez Farfan, a Mexican actor and cultural manager. Together with his company Agua Quemada Creatividad he visualizes problems affecting the Mexican society, such as violence and injustice. With Lisa, he talked about the cultural system in Mexico, how politics influence it and which challenges affect the work as an artist in Mexico. 

Picture: Portrait of Aaron Hernandez Farfan © Lisa Harborth

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on May 30, 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

Research on the situation of workplace bullying in the cultural sector

Anne-Marie Quigg, author of Bullying in the Arts and The Handbook of Dealing with Workplace Bullying, and her co-author Piers Jackson are asking for feedback from people who have experienced workplace bullying in the cultural sector, how it has affected them and how, if at all, they managed to deal with it. To their knowledge there has been no further research on the subject in the sector since the publication of Anne-Marie's first book in 2011. It thus would be helpful to get an update on what may, or may not, have changed.

Management Topic: Job & Training
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on May 15, 2017

CfP: Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2017

Cultural mobility is integral to the practice and career of artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe. However, securing funding to finance international travel remains a major challenge, particularly in the Asia-Asia and Asia-Europe contexts. It is in this context that the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is launching Mobility First!, a new fund to support the travel of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals between Asia and Europe. Deadline for applications is 15 September 2017.

Management Topic: Job & Training
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on May 10, 2017