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A Closer Look at Museum Studies Programs
While an increasing number of post-secondary institutions have begun to offer museum studies programs, many current graduates, however, are faced with dwindling job prospects due to a shortage of opportunities in the profession. Nancy Villa Bryk, an Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University, suggests that program administrators should consider implementing a system akin to that of American Bar Association, which requires accredited law schools to follow post-graduate placement, and make the information available to prospective students. Addressing these caveats publicly, she says, may enable prospective students to make more informed university choices.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Professor Colin Mercer on 4 July 2013. He was the United Kingdoms first Professor of Cultural Policy and Director of the Cultural Policy and Planning Research Unit at The Nottingham Trent University from 1999-2003.
From 'Culture 2007-2013' to 'Creative Europe': new sectors, new focus, new mechanisms

With the last calls for Culture 2007-2013 closed, cultural and creative industry organisations are eagerly awaiting the launch the new framework programme for culture: 'Creative Europe'. This article gives an overview of this new programme, describes its funding priorities, and gives some pointers for organisations that already want to prepare for the next call.
The overall topic of this issue, Music A Public Affair?! allowed the EMC to include a wide range of approaches. This resulted in a broad spectrum of topics covered in the articles from the EMC's member organisations which reflect the diversity of the areas of activity they are engaged in. An introductory note by Doris Pack (Chair of the Culture Committee of the EU Parliament) as well as an interview with representatives of the EU Commission give a political viewpoint on the topic Music A Public Affair?!.
Are you an employer looking for skilled and creative workers? Are you a talented artist or cultural worker looking for a job? CultureWorks is a new job board for the cultural sector administered by The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC). CHRCs mandate is to strengthen Canadas cultural workforce through leadership, support, representation and involvement. CultureWorks represents our commitment to those of you working in Canadas cultural community.
Among those responsible for bringing these new awards, "The Operas", to life were John Allison, editor of the renowned "Opera" magazine and British businessman Harry Hyman, Managing Director of the worldwide Nexus Group. Hyman is also a knowledgeable and passionate opera fan: "Opera hides its light all too often under a bushel, so we hope our awards will help bring the genre to a wider audience." Hyman also works hard helping to support young talented artitsts and encouraging people and companies to sponsor the arts in general. In November John Allison announced in Opera Magazine that he would welcome nominations for the awards. They received more than 1.500 replies from music specialists and opera lovers from 41 countries. Short lists were drawn up in 23 categories by a jury chaired by John Allison. Members of the jury included journalists Hugh Canning, Rupert Christiansen and Andrew Clements, soprano (and Bayreuth Brünnhilde) Dame Anne Evans, intendants Peter Alward (Salzburg Easter Festival), David Gockley (San Francisco Opera), Joan Matabosch (the Liceu in Barcelona) and Guus Mostart (Reisopera Enschede) and the Director of Opera Europa, Nicholas Payne. They were joined in the final round by Kathryn Harries, Director of the National Opera Studio in London, and the writer Barry Millington.
Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development is a new publication based on a series of papers commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts to stimulate more rigorous research on the arts and economic development.
The publication stems from a first-ever collaboration between the NEA and the Brookings Institution. The two organizations co-hosted the May 2012 symposium titled "The Arts, New Growth Theory, and Economic Development, where leading economists explored theories and empirical findings about the role of arts and culture in the U.S. economy. Archived video of the symposium is available at the Brookings website.
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the European Festivals Association (EFA), and LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore are delighted to announce the launch of Serving Artists Serves the Public: Programming Arts Festivals in Asia and Europe.
This e-publication talks about the opportunities and challenges of programming arts festivals in Asia and Europe, through a compilation of 13 articles written by renowned contributors. They include Ms Robyn ARCHER, the multi-faceted Australian artist; Mr Hugo DE GREEF, theatre director and Advisor to the Minister of Culture for the Flemish Community; Ms Kathrin DEVENTER, Secretary General of EFA; Ms Katelijn VERSTRAETE, Director, Arts & Creative Industries (East Asia), British Council; and Ms Audrey WONG, Singapores first Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) for its arts community. Their articles are a useful reflection on the social role of local and international festivals, as well as the need for capacity building among young festival managers.
This project is a follow-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers held in May 2011 in Singapore.
May 12 18, 2013 | Palea Epidavros | Greece
Strategies of Cultural Management for Representation and Cooperation of Art Institutions and Artists across Europe
Cultural activities are one of the best opportunities for countries to create a strong identity within the process of globalization. On the other hand we can observe that the focus on a monocultural understanding of national cultural identity is no longer a contemporary approach to developing the diversity of artistic innovations in different European countries. Especially the massive changes within the processes of migration and international artistic transfers make this perspective very relevant. Many cities and regions all over Europe are currently looking in the context of cultural tourism for a cultural profile which attracts not only the inhabitants of a single country but also a wider audience. How can we avoid the gaps of monocultural national approaches in the field of cultural actions?
Kim Inseon has been working for more than 15 years now in the Korean Art Scene and is specialized in Visual Arts. Inseon Kim worked for LOOP, an alternative art space after studying art history in New York. She got her experience from working in many galleries and curating the Busan Biennale, previously called PICAF Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival. Here Inseon Kim intended to present contemporary art in a more accessible way to the general public. Before opening her own alternative space and working as an art consultant for collectors, private companies and the Korean government, Inseon Kim worked in the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, which is to promote excellence and achievement in the artistic community of the Seoul City area.
More than a year now, that Inseon Kim is directing her own space which provides a field for young artists and their development. She wants to allow the shift of the artist´s focus from commercial driven activities to purely experimental ones. In her opinion especially emerging artists strike to set high prices on their works and exhibit in commercial galleries to become attractive to collectors. However, at the same time young artists fear the commercialization of their art work as well as the limitation the art market sets them. Willing n Dealing therefore does not only offer consultancy but also a space to experiment with art and develop artistic careers.
Sydney Theatre Companys Greening the Wharf Project is a showcase project with regard to environmental measures in a theatre.

When taking over as artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), a not-for-profit organisation, in 2008, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton committed to plan and put into practice large-scale environmental measures for the theatre. Thus, the sustainability approach of the STC, that had comprised social and economic measures, was to be completed.
Contemporary music is characterized by a quest to meet its audience in new ways. The music frequently incorporates other art forms such as performance, dance or lighting design. It is played not only in traditional concert halls, often the musicians goes in direct dialogue with the audience, and sometimes the concert form is as much a work of art as the scores performed.
NewAud is a project on strengthening such experiments with new concert forms on the international level. The goal of NewAud is to test and demonstrate the future concert forms of contemporary music in a direct cooperation between music ensembles in 17 countries.
Music China, Asia Pacifics leading music event, ended on a positive note with the recording breaking number of participants reaffirming the fairs position as the professional choice for reaching the burgeoning Asian market. The show was held from 11 14 October at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai China. Filling 86,500 sqm of exhibition space were 1,606 suppliers of musical instruments and related products from 30 countries and regions, including 11 pavilions representing Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Commenting on the largest ever visitor numbers, Mr Evan Sha, General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd said: "This year we attracted 60,172 visitors from around the world who can depend on Music Chinas offerings of high quality products and unique networking opportunities to further their business objectives. They also had the chance to learn more about the industry through our comprehensive fringe programmes, as well as being entertained by live demonstrations and indoor and outdoor concerts."
VIVA | Performance Lab Cosenza is a contemporary art project supported by European network Trans Europe Halles. Through a festival (8th to 9th of December 2012) and capacity building workshops involving international artists and experts, and the local community, this project aims at developing the cultural offer of the city, its attractiveness for tourism and to professionalise the cultural actors and artists working in the city.
From the 8th to the 9th of December, some of the main exponents of the contemporary performance scene are invited to a two days festival to be held in the city centre. This festival, curated by Tania Bruguera and Cristiana Perrella, will be preceded by an intensive workshop involving emerging artists: during seven days, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their current work and develop an individual performance which will be presented during the festival.
The fifth Atelier for Young Festival Managers (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14-21 October 2012), initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA) and hosted by the Ljubljana Festival, brought together 32 participants from 21 countries and seven renowned festival managers from all over the world. The Atelier LJUBLJANA 2012 was kicked off with an inspiring keynote speech by Australian festival director Robyn Archer and a greeting by Zoran Jankovi, Mayor of the City of Ljubljana; it was concluded with an exclusive lecture by festival icon Gerard Mortier and a welcome address by Dr. Danilo Trk, President of the Republic of Slovenia. Throughout the 7-day training programme, a diversity of working formats allowed for thought-provoking exchanges and establishing sustainable ties for the future.
In his address at the Atelier closing ceremony at the Ljubljana City Hall on 20 October, President Dr. Danilo Trk the first Head of State to participate in the Ateliers history underlined his support of the Atelier and the importance of such an international initiative both for the Slovenian capital and the entire country.
Despite, or maybe because of global economic challenges, with greater implications in Europe and North America, the 2012 International Fundraising Congress held in the Netherlands this October was the most successful ever. First timers and old hands left the NH Leeuwenhorst Hotel with much to think about. With so many non-profits trying to do more and better with less money, many sessions were oversubscribed and the general feeling was overwhelmingly positive about the quality of the presentations.
Social media was not only a popular subject at the Congress, but many delegates were also tweeting from sessions, commenting and sharing their thoughts and the lessons they were learning. The knowledge sharing tradition in the non-profit sector has been taken one step further.
Kevin De Coninck, the Policy and Development Officer for the Dutch Language Union commented: I'm here for the first time at the IFC and it was really interesting to see the concrete fundraising tips. All in all it was reassuring that we're doing the right thing and it was nice to hear all the stories of the other participants.
This study draws on the experiential approach and has two main goals: to explore the different dimensions of the museum experience regardless of whether it is mediated by mediation devices (e.g., audio guides, interactive terminals, SmartPhones, tablets, augmented reality), and to identify the impact of such devices on visitors behavioural intentions. The authors conduct a qualitative and exploratory investigation to address the following questions: Does the development of such devices affect both experience dimensions and the audiences behavioural intentions? Which components of a museum visit are concerned?
In 2012/13, the Bavarian State Opera will be the first international opera house to present, with STAATSOPER.TV, a season with live streams online free of charge.
Opera and ballet lovers from all over the world will be able to enjoy a total of seven opera performances and two ballet evenings in full and live online from Munich. The first of these will be the audiovisual transmission on 3 November 2012 of Jörg Widmann's new opera Babylon (musical director: K. Nagano, stage production: Carlus Padrissa - La Fura dels Baus; with C. McFadden, A. Prohaska, W. White, G. Schnaut).
The questionnaire deals with issues such as the process of creation of learning facilites & spaces and their integration into the museum, appropriate tools of interpretation and types of innovative learning elements, maintenance of learning spaces, evaluation, reasons for changes... Deadline is September the 21st.
Focus on innovative learning elements including examples of creating special learning facilities within exhibitions, as well as interactive learning spaces as separate spatial units, which should be collected and made available for museum staff all over Europe. Every innovative approach which contains the active involvement of museum visitors is of interest for this project.
Ten years ago Ted Cantle founded the idea of community cohesion and this concept began to transform the way we think about race and diversity in the UK and has been copied and adopted by many other countries, especially through the idea of intercultural dialogue. Despite the growth of the Far Right and continual opposition to migration, 85% of people in England now say that they now get on well with people from other backgrounds testimony to the great work done on cohesion at the community level.
But the ghost of multiculturalism hangs over progressive debates. And the new phase of super diversity created by globalisation and the transnational movement of people and communications on a new scale, demands a new approach. All modern societies are now multicultural and destined to become more so yet the ideology of multiculturalism cannot mediate the changes which people both enjoy and fear. In his new book, Ted Cantle expounds the idea of interculturalism which recognises the interdependence of people and their countries and suggests that different forms of integration are now necessary to foster an inter-connectedness in which race will no longer play a significant part and be eclipsed by broader ideas about difference and otherness.