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A new report, released on January 13, 2003, examines national and provincial trends in performing arts attendance in Canada. The report - the first in a series of publications on the arts by Hill Strategies - shows that over 9.1 million Canadians 15 years of age or older, or 37.6% of Canadians in this age range, attended a live, professional performing arts event in the survey year. Theatre is the most popular live performing arts activity, followed by popular forms of music, classical music and dance.

The contents of this publication are results from the action-research program INCLUDE carried out in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The INCLUDE Project was designed by the Interarts Foundation in the framework of the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme (Formerly DG XXI: Education and Youth), financed by the European Commission. The main objectives of the INCLUDE project have been to analyse and evaluate cultural policies, projects, programmes and methodologies concerning employment creation within the cultural sector in order to propose a curriculum design for cultural managers as local development agents. The project was carried out in three phases.
The first phase was devoted to the analysis of European local and regional cultural policies through the study of the data gathered and collated in the FACTUS data base. The second phase included the expansion of this action-research through the study of the conclusion of the INCLUDE Survey in collaboration with 13 European cultural training and education centres. The third phase aimed at raising new interest within the training communities to observe whether the objectives had been accomplished, to examine the obtained results and to explore some future perspectives in their field of competence. One of the main objectives of the INCLUDE Project was to provide a curriculum design built specifically for the cultural management training in order to recognize the role of the Cultural Manager as key agent for local development.
The curriculum design introduced in this edition is one of the first of its kind and has been already successfully implemented in training.
The most successful nonprofit arts organizations are continually seeking creative ways to advance their missions while increasing revenue. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, long-term partnerships with large companies have facilitated the growth of several nonprofits that benefit children and young people.
FILM INDUSTRY BROADBAND RESOURCES ENTERPRISE (FIBRE) was formed in November 2000 by a number of key players in the post production industry, following a First past the Post forum in Sydney and Melbourne, hosted by the Minister for Communication, Information, Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston. Each forum confirmed the difficulties faced by the industry in obtaining cost-effective broadband connectivity to suit the difficult and often unpredictable needs of post production.

The founding mission of FIBRE was to secure affordable broadband connectivity between companies and locations in Australia and with trading partners in key production locations around the world.
The Canadian Arts Presenting Association/L'Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) will convene its 16th annual conference on November 1517, 2003 in Ottawa.

The conference includes working sessions and a resource room, in addition to a live performance showcasing component. (Showcases are allocated by a juried competition.) There is also a two-day professional development institute immediately preceding the conference.
The meeting in Nairobi, 19 December 2002, was organised, on behalf of the Division of Cultural Policies of UNESCO, by the Regional Centre of Cultural Action (CRAC, Lomé, Togo) in the framework of a project aimed at stregthening the regional capacities of training specialized personnel in the field of cultural development and cultural polices for cultural development.
The meeting was held in Nairobi, 16-18 December 2002, with the participation of 30 specialists representing the various field of culture and the different regions of the continent in view of preparing the Panafrican Cultural Congress. This congress will be organized in 2003 jointly by the African Union, UNESCO and the Ford Foundation in the framework of the follow-up of the Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development (Stockholm, 1998) with a view to

- Review the cultural trends and the evolution of national cultural policies in the region since the last OAU conference of ministers of culture (Cotonou, 1993),
- Establish a state of the art of the situation,
- Identify the new problems and challenges,
- Set new perspectives for the future.

On the basis of the working documents established by the AU Secretariat, the meeting was invited, among others, to
- Establish a list if themes proposed for inclusion in the agenda of the Congress;
- Make suggestions for the intellectual preparation of the congress and its programme;
- Prepare a project document in view of mobilizing partnership.
Shuttle 02 follows on from a large scale cultural exchange programme initiated by The Nordic Council of Ministers, which ran for a two year period, 1998-99 and which encompassed more than 50 individual exchange projects within dance, theatre, music, literature and photography with South African counterparts.This innovative network based programme proved to be so successful that it generated a number of longer-term exchange and development programmes.
The project was initiated in 1995 in response to recommendations that the Institute include cultural change into its research priorities and profile. The main objectives are:
1. to encourage new research and studies in the Nordic countries on cultural change and issues in Africa;
2. to create a network of scholars in the Nordic countries and Africa for co-operation and contacts;
3. to contribute to a critical examination of the negative and prejudiced images of Africa in the Nordic countries;
4. to encourage an interest in contemporary African cultural expressions.
The project covers three themes:
1) Culture and identity
2) Image formation in Africa. European encounters
3) Cultural dynamics of contemporary Africa

Commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Media Culture and Tourism assesses the cultural places and cultural heritage institutions of national importance in German the 'Leuchttürme and Gedächtnisorte.
The interconnections between culture and tourism have been a recent focus of cultural policy in Europe at the level of the European Union as well as countries, regions and cities. "Culture and Tourism in the New German Länder" fills a further gap in cultural policy research and practice.

The study was undertaken by Dr. Cornelia Dümcke, an expert in cultural economics (Culture Concepts Berlin, www.cultureconcepts.de ) and deals with the connections between culture and tourism from a politico-cultural perspective.

Pundits speculate that as many as 80% of tickets will be sold online by 2005. The development of internet ticketing will, in many ways, be the catalyst for change in the way tickets are marketed in the future. Venue managers and producers/promoters face many new challenges with the need to reduce their cost of sales being of paramount importance. The historical business model of using third parties for e-marketing and charging fees on tickets will become less commercially viable. But there is a dichotomy - cost reduction must be achieved without compromising the efficiency of the transaction. Additionally, Box Office managers building Customer Relationship databases need to capture more information about their customer base, not less. Yet, customer expectations are changing and speed is of the essence. To address these complex needs, leading software supplier ARTIFAX has just launched ARTIFAX Ticketing a totally integrated box-office and venue management package. ARTIFAX is hosting a series of complimentary countrywide seminars throughout June 2002.
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are a critical component of the State of the Arts Report. They are the foundation of cultural life in Ohio's communities. The budgets, staffs, boards, partnerships and planning of nonprofit arts organizations were studied to give a financial picture of the arts in Ohio.
Financial data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) (Urban Institute, Washington, DC) 1998 Return Transaction File database was used for two purposes: to develop a sample for the State of the Arts Report and to supplement the data collected by the State of the Arts Report mail survey.
There are many nonprofit arts organizations in Ohio that do not apply to the Ohio Arts Council, and some, based on responses to the State of the Arts Report stakeholder survey, have never heard of the OAC. With this in mind, the NCCS's database was used to generate a sample of arts organizations with budgets greater than $25,000. A sample of 686 nonprofit arts organizations was created.
Since the mid-1990's, nonprofit organizations have been aware of the potential income opportunities that the Web promises. With recent developments in e-commerce and the fast pace of Internet growth, people are becoming more ready to donate online. The most stunning example is $1.2 million in online gifts for Balkan Relief, from more than 9,000 donors received by the Red Cross in the first half of 1999.
EUCLID is the official EC Cultural Contact Point in the UK for Culture 2000, which is an EU funding programme offering support for arts and cultural projects in the performing and visual arts, heritage and books/reading sectors. EUCLID provides support and assistance for potential applicants to this programme and guidance on other EU funding opportunities for the cultural sector.
A free electronic newsletter summarising cultural information and opportunities from across Europe, with a particular focus on EU funding and information.
The winners of the Nugget Awards for Excellence in Arts Management 2002 were announced on last Monday, October 28 2002, by the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, at the Australian Institute for Arts Management (AIAM) conference in Canberra.
"These awards are aimed at recognising and rewarding managers who help to shape the arts and play a crucial role in how the arts are managed, promoted and marketed in Australia", Senator Kemp said.
"Australia's arts community is highly valued by our society and the Government is deeply commmitted to encouraging the pursuit of excellence in the sector".
Dirk Schuetz and Dirk Heinze, whose are running this network, had also been participate at this interesting event for the Australian arts management community. Details about the results, most interesting discussions and feedbacks will be published as soon as the network providers will be back in Germany early in November.
Jody Doherty, the Pittsburgh Symphony's vice-president of public affairs, is quoted by web-based post-gazette.com as saying that the anticipated deficit of "at least 750,000" cannot be confirmed until "later this month [when] the orchestra closes out its books." One problem is that the symphony's endowment, heavily " invested in the stock market," plummeted in value from $130-million "two years ago" to its present value of less than $100-million. Since the symphony is reportedly limited to withdrawing no more than 6.5 percent out of its endowment each year, the stock market decline has decreased the amount of endowment money that can go towards their "operating budget of $30 million." Another contributing factor to this year's deficit is that this year's ticket sales were $450,000 lower than anticipated.

Last year the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra had a $200,000 deficit, according to the post-gazette.com. At the time the symphony "went through a restructuring in which 10 administrative positions were eliminated." The symphony has not decided on a course of action to "reduce or eliminate the [current] deficit," Doherty reportedly stated.
Kassel Germany, June 08 September 15, 2002

Exhibition Documenta11
Since 1955 the Documenta is held every five years. Every facet of the exhibition is concerned with interconnections and you really begin to understand the main platform of Documenta as everyone´s right to their home without discrepancy for spaces, regions, traditions. Here the exhibition is quite impersonal and technically informal as all forms of media including sculpture, painting, photography, film, video and installations are in documentation form. To learn the art as opposed to experiencing it.
Business, arts and government leaders from Sydney's western suburbs will work for stronger links between business and the arts.

More than 140 people attended a Business Arts Forum in Parramatta organised by the Riverside Theatres and the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF). They agreed to form a group to generate links between businesses and the arts in the west.

Speakers said there is a wealth of cultural activity in the west, providing scope for arts organisations and business to work together for mutual benefits. AbaF Councillor and Managing Director of Aussie Home Loans, John Symond said: Partnerships with the arts can work for businesses of any size. To mix with creative people and link your brand with creative community activities provides a great bonus for staff and clients?

AbaF's Executive Director, Winsome McCaughey said: The people of Western Sydney will be the winners when there is more business support for the arts. Partnerships help the arts to prosper, and make business more creative.
The International Fair for Contemporary Art, September 26-30/2002

The Art Forum Berlin turns the classical white cube Gallery yet again as is shown by its brilliance of presentation. With familiarity and rememberence of origin the Gallery makes a great impression on the public and inspires a new course of function.
Artistic Director Sabrina Van Dirley and Project Manager Kirsten Günther blight through an everchanging tone reflecting in a way the structure and interior design much like the now modern art expressions are to our enviroments.
International Gallery of Art and Information
Ulandstraße, Berlin October 05/2002

Considering art for appreciation is an emotional yet formal process for investors and collectors. Showing efforts and workings of thought brings to life a craftsmanship that aesthetic onlookers have been missing. Qualities that again incorporate Berlins young and older artisans suggesting that a detailed idea is worth more.