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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.
The 115th edition of our Arts Management Newsletter is published while we are in Berlin at the 7th Federal Congress for Cultural Policy in Germany. The last congress two years ago covered the importance of digitalization for the arts sector - from copyright issues via archival storage of cultural heritage to the huge communication and marketing opportunities possible with media and web 2.0. However, the upraise of the German cultural policy 2011 in the digital age seems to be already weak again. There is no living online debate with the community, although the topic of this year - cultural planning - fits to invite arts professionals and other people to discuss about. Perhaps the community have totally different preferences and priorities, what they like to support more or less. We were somehow impressed about a comment by Bill Flood yesterday, who answered our question about his experience with cultural planning in Portland. He said, culture at all has a creative power to support communication in a community. So it is necessary at all to make communication possible including those among the arts professionals and cultural policy makers themselves. Enjoy the interview with Bill Flood on page 2.
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.
Ticket Summit®, the leading conference and trade show for the live entertainment and ticketing industry, was recently named a finalist in the annual E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards, hosted by EXPO Magazine. Ticket Summit® is a finalist in the category of Best Website/Microsite for the website promoting the 2012 summer conference.
According to EXPO Magazine, the 2nd annual E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards "shine a spotlight on the best aspects of a show: the venue, the quality of marketing, the freshness of the event concept, the on- site experience, the business and consumer value, the ROI, and more." Other nominees include trade shows put on by the American Dental Association and the American Payroll Association, the New York International Auto Show, World Travel Market, and more.
The Spring 2013 issue of CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers offers two case studies focusing on notions of place and community connections.
Nan Yang addresses a specific study about the ways in which the Songzhuang, China Culture and Creative Industry Cluster ­management strategies affect local cultural policy and artistic community connections. Emily Hope Dobkin examines the personalization of local cultural spaces found within a coloring book project based in the city of Eugene, Oregon.
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.
Jazz musicians are often regarded as chronic loners, as individualists who fully concentrate on their art and work in ever-changing formations. However, to make that possible they need a fully functional, and in the best case, an internationally organized artistic network. In our latest newsletter, we exclusively publish a case study by Prof. Martin Lücke from Munich, which offers insight into how a European-wide partnership can look in practice.
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?
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.
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%.
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.
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.