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The Museums Associations 2012 survey into cuts to museum services has laid bare the devastating impact that budget reductions are continuing to have across the UK. Out of 114 museum services and individual institutions that responded, 51% reported a cut to their budgets and almost a quarter have been forced to reduce public access by closing whole sites or parts of sites permanently or temporarily. 11% have closed whole sites permanently. 42% of respondents said there have been cuts to staff, with almost a fifth saying staffing levels were down 25% or more. Of the respondents that have experienced cuts in 2011 and 2012, over a third have seen a cumulative reduction of more than 35%.
2012-08-05
Manuel Scheidegger and Janosch Asen are Berlin-based entrepreneurs who have developed a revolutionary technique that is changing the way people browse the web. Their recently developed tool allows people to creatively mix various web-sources into a single stream of animated content, which can then be shared with others to sit back and enjoy or actively browse. Viewers, for the first time, have the choice of leaning back and watching web-content mixed together like a movie, or they can dive inside and browse whatever catches their eye with a simple mouse-click. The two call this process "Creative Browsing". Their idea stems from a bold vision: a web rebuilt by people, where you dont surf with tabs or boring blue links, but through creative projects catered to your interests.
2012-08-04
Like most museums, only a small part of the Powerhouse Museum collection in Sydney is exhibited at any one time. About 50,000 objects are stored at Castle Hill. Castle Hill is the Powerhouse Museums off-site collection storage facility. A new museum visitor experience model and program to increase public access to the Powerhouses Collection is being developed to officially open at the Castle Hill site in March 2007.
The nature of the site as a storage facility and the behind the scenes appeal of the visitor offering require a different approach to the traditional museum visitor experience that captures the rawness, directness and uniqueness of the visitors engagement with the site, the Collection and the objects.
2012-07-30
DALLAS (SMU) HEC Montréal, SDA Bocconi School of Management and SMUs Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship program will finalize an agreement on May 30 to launch a new 12-month International Arts Management Master of Management Degree (M.M.). Beginning in fall 2013, the new M.M. degree will be the first to focus on issues unique to international arts management and to approach arts management from a global perspective. The program includes one semester at each of the three partner universities and will prepare students to manage and lead international arts and cultural organizations.
"As arts and cultural industries grow increasingly interconnected and global in scope, our new M.M. degree responds to the heightened demand for a graduate program specializing in international arts management," said Zannie Voss, professor of Arts Management in the Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business, and chair of the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at Meadows.
2012-07-25
From intimate children's theatre, to abstract dance performed against a bare mountain backdrop - by way of cutting-edge immersive theatre - Made in Scotland is a programme which finds the best Scottish theatre and dance, shows it off at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then helps it to travel the world.
The Made in Scotland programme is a neat solution to twin problems at the Fringe. It allows international bookers to find quality touring material in the sprawling event, while it gives Scottish theatre and dance companies a place to be seen. Jointly, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Creative Scotland have successfully developed Made in Scotland as an annual project since 2009.
A curated strand of the Fringe, supported by the Scottish Governments Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, the showcase is put together by a international panel of theatre and dance experts - under the impartial chairmanship of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's chief executive.
2012-07-25
Singapores newest, much-anticipated The Star Performing Arts Centre, featuring a 5,000 seat theatre will officially open in November 2012 with international concerts and exciting events!
Setting the stage as Singapores latest host for international calibre concerts, the venue will celebrate its official opening with a 3-day Opening Festival that will include concerts of HITMAN David Foster and Friends. Following last-years sold out shows, the 16-time Grammy Award winner will return with a star-studded line-up of Friends including Babyface, Chaka Khan and Hayley Westenra. Alongside the concerts, the Festival will commence with a Red Carpet and Gala Dinner with invited guests. There will also be a Family Open Day featuring appearances by Nickelodeon characters, local dance groups and diverse music acts to engage with the local community and reinforce the role that the new centre will play as a fundamental feature of Singapores burgeoning arts and entertainment markets.
2012-07-20
Thirty four organisations across England set to get a £162 million funding boost.
In the first round of funding from the Catalyst: Endowment programme, 34 organisations are set to receive a share of £56 million to support their endowments. Boosting private giving for culture is key to putting arts and heritage organisations on the path to long-term financial stability, said Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
It is very gratifying to see that so many have already been successful in attracting match-funding and I am grateful to all those companies and individuals who so generously support our arts and heritage bodies.
2012-07-20
The City of Flows is connected to global networks. What does this mean for todays cities? How do global networks manifest themselves in everyday life? And how are limited analog spaces reflected in the potentially unlimited realm of the virtual?
Just as industrial society demolished medieval city walls, the information society is transcending geographical limitations. Binary code can create virtual realities, and with them free spaces which stand in contrast to the socio-spatial limits of physical locations. Fewer and fewer specific places are required to fulfil specific functions or provide services. At the same time, life for most city dwellers remains determined by infrastructure and the qualities and barriers of the physical.
With its global economy, the information society will encroach deep into our cities (Manuel Castells)
2012-07-13
The National Endowment for the Arts Research & Analysis staff would like to share with you Research Note #106, An Average Day in the Arts: State Participation Patterns from the American Time Use Survey for 2006-2010.
Using data from the U.S. Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey (ATUS), this Note examines state-level arts participation on an average day. Although the ATUS methodology generally bars the patent ranking of states by arts participation rates, certain state patterns emerge.
For example, Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania place highly in performing arts attendanceon an average day, 1 percent of residents in each of these states attend performing arts events. Museum attendance is comparatively high in Massachusetts and Maryland, along with Michigan, Virginia, and New York. On any given day, 18,000 Massachusetts residents visit museums.
2012-07-05
A growing body of evidence highlights the effectiveness of arts projects in engaging communities and increasing local skills and resources, while at the same time creating new and exciting art works.
A brand new unit offered through Deakin University provides the knowledge and skills needed for you or your staff member to design and successfully deliver effective community based arts projects.
Managing Arts in Community Settings looks at how successful art projects enable collaborative and participatory processes. Topics include: the design of community based arts projects; the role of artists and facilitators; venues and facilities; arts based social enterprises; and evaluating community art projects. The unit examines this work from the context of arts organisations, government and the community sector.
2012-06-06
Fifteen years ago this spring, CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers published its first article in a new innovative online journal. Since 1997, CultureWork has filled a significant role, inspiring and familiarizing arts and cultural sector leaders, learners, educators, and policy makers on current social, economic, political, technical, and ethical contexts in which the arts flourish. As we continue looking towards the future, we seek to strengthen CultureWorks role as a publication forum for fruitful dialogue and current professional development within the field of arts management. In collaboration with academics and professional authors CultureWork will continue supporting meaningful conversations and opportunities for exploring contemporary arts management praxis.
2012-06-06
In the context of the preparations for the future Creative Europe Programme, which is due to replace the European Commissions current Culture Programme (2007-2013) in the next EU financial period (2014-20), the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) was asked to prepare a report exploring the role of audience building.
This document aims to present relevant trends and examples in different cultural sectors, provide recommendations to European institutions on how to foster audience building on a European level, and identify gaps in existing information. The study has involved the analysis of 28 case studies from 12 different member states, representing a diverse sample of approaches, organisations, degree of formalisation, geographic locations and target publics, among others.
2012-06-06
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded $831,900 through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative (PCMI) to eight arts and culture organizations in the Philadelphia area.

PCMI grants provide valuable resources for organizations from a wide variety of fields to achieve greater organizational dynamism and adaptability. The 2012 funded projects demonstrate creative thinking from a range of institutionsmany of which currently find themselves at critical junctures in their organizational development.
2012-06-05
The European Festivals Association (EFA) celebrated its 60th anniversary with a Jubilee Gala from 23-25 May 2012 in Bergen, Norway. Debate was shaped by 180 participants from 46 countries and regions in the world, by delegates from sister festival networks from Africa, Asia and the Arab region, by Alumni of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, and by politicians of EU, national and local levels.
Topics such as innovation, business and audience participation in digital times are feeding into the Bergen Agenda which is to characterise EFAs work in the years to come. Furthermore, the Association released its Jubilee publication and first film entitled 60 Years On: Festivals and the World and admitted five new members. The gathering saw many festive highlights including an artistic closing moment with Carte Blanche.
2012-06-01
How to strategically use the EU support programmes, including Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional and national development and the spill-over effects on the wider economy? The objective of the Policy Handbook is to better sensitize local, regional and national authorities as well as the cultural community of the potential of cultural and creative industries in boosting regional and local development. The Handbook intends to help them in formulating local, regional and national strategies for cultural and creative industries. It also aims to serve as a tool for the planning and implementation of a strategic use of the EU support programmes, including the Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional, national development and the spill-over effects on the wider economy.
2012-05-29
At this years European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) Ceremony, which took place at the Penafiel Municipal Museum in Portugal on 19 May, the EMYA Judging Panel was delighted to announce the Museo de Madinat al-Zahra in Cordoba in Spain as the European Museum of the Year 2012 for its outstanding achievements for public quality and excellence.

The Museum represents a visual memory of the mixed and diverse past of Andalucia aiming to build a bridge between different cultures in contemporary Europe. Together with the partially recovered and restored archaeological site it represents a magnificent, complex city, its supporting infrastructure, buildings and gardens, as well as the social organisation and everyday life of its 10,000 inhabitants.
2012-05-25
KUHNYA has introduced the participants of the course Cultural Entrepreneurship' in Tomsk to several cultural entrepreneurs in Siberia. They offered their know-how to the younger generation with cultural initiatives in Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Tomsk.
When you enter Tomsk the first thing that strikes you is an enormous billboard right opposite the building of the City Administration on Lenin Prospekt. No political slogans but Tom Waits. It is the street advertising of "Underground" a jazz café, restaurant and music store opened by Oleg Usenko in 2004. This nice piece of informal culture has of course provoked a new name for Tomsk : Tomsk Waitsk. Since inviting jazz musicians to Siberia is too expensive for one private night club, Oleg and his partners arrange Siberian tours of famous jazz bands to Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk. They have toured Mark Terner, Igor Bril, Daniel Kramer and Vladimir Chekassin.

2012-05-25
The National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Audience Impact Study Literature Review.While there is ample qualitative and anecdotal data on how people and communities are transformed by the arts, there is little research that quantifies the emotional impact of the arts.It's a challenge to analyze this subtle topic. How do you define the way that art affects people? By the happiness they express? By the rewards they derive? By their physiological response?Furthermore, how do you measure this emotional impact? This review looks at dozens of existing studies that attempt to answer these elusive questions. Ultimately, this review will help inform the design of a survey that will capture reliable data on this seemingly indefinable subject.
2012-05-25
Today one hears a great deal about the so-called knowledge- based economy. Yet in economic theory such an economy is a contradiction in terms - an oxymoron. Knowledge is a public good, a good for which a natural market does not and cannot exist. A contrast with a private good is in order.
A private good is excludable and rivalrous in consumption. If one owns a car one has lock and key to exclude others from using it. And when one drives the car no one else can drive it, that is, driving is rivalrous. A gross example is an apple. I buy it excluding you from that particular apple and you cannot eat it after I have - rivalrous.
2012-05-25
In 2012, ENCATC celebrates the 20th anniversary of its foundation with a broad range of activities and events. Throughout the whole year 2012, ENCATC will join forces with its members and main partners to celebrate, debate and reflect on Creative Industries, Cultural diplomacy and networks.
2012-05-11