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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
All the worlds a crises? The real estate bubble, government depts, economic weakness and/or bank runs ... Many people are cheesed of those bad news. Is the art sector the last paradise? Yes and no. Yes, because the arts and creative sector is a value on its own, and a driving force for the growth of regions and countries. No, because many cultural institutions come under economic pressure so far.
In this scenario, isnt it time to give impulses for the future? We will do so with our special "Positive Impulses" this month. Even from Greece, where last month at the 3rd Kufstein Summer School young professionals worked on in- novation strategies in the arts. The aim was to reflect about the role of arts management within an economic crisis like now in, but not limited to Greece. We publish the summary paper exclusively in this newsletter issue.
2012-06-12
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
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
The Centre for Cultural Management, with support from the European Cultural Foundation, launches Ukrainian Cultural Network to establish culture in a leadership role in the development of Ukraine and to increase the role of culture in the life of its citizens.
Ukrainian ultural Network is an association of cultural managers, artists, active consumers of culture and all who care.
We are deeply convinced that culture is a determining factor for the society and each of us in particular in order to build and develop a strong Ukrainian state. With the help of our innovative ideas and actions we seek to expand the scope of cultural activities and provoke changes that will enable culture to play an important role not only in moral terms but also in economic and social.
2012-03-29
AmbITion is an online toolkit that has been specifically designed for an arts organisation to develop themselves digitally. Through an easy to follow step-by-step approach, supported by a wide range of templates, tips and resources, your organisation can now approach digital development with confidence.
Traditionally, audits were mainly associated with gaining information about financial systems and the financial records of a company or a business. However, recent auditing has begun to include other information about the system, such as information about security risks, information systems performance. The general definition of an audit is an evaluation of a person, organisation, system, process, enterprise, project or product. Audits are performed to ascertain the validity and reliability of information, so right here at the beginning of the AmbITion process, be brutally honest with yourselves about where you are at now. By understanding the complete picture of your situation now, youll be able to see what your starting point is and so plan accordingly.
2012-03-11
DOTS Digital Art Magazine is a wrap and off to the Apple App Store. March 1st 2012 the new digital iPad magazine Dots will be launched. After months of inspiration, creative ideas, interviewing, writing, designing, digitalizing and a lot of ambition and drive the finish line is within reach. Starting March 1st this brand new art magazine can be downloaded on iPads worldwide.
Dots puts contemporary art in the spotlight using an innovative and interactive approach. Art of the world, for the world.Dots magazine epitomizes innovation, surprise, enthusiasm and creativity. In searching for projects and artists from the farthest corners of the world, the makers have created a valuable resource. This makes Dots a unique magazine. Dots is written in English and will be published four times a year.
2012-02-29
The artist and audience depend on one another to fulfill their roles, artist as creator and audience as recipient. Sometimes they act as co-creators. While the first part of these observations remain true, the roles of artist and audience have been evolving as technology affects the relationship between artist and audience. Historically, as different technological tools are incorporated into the mainstream, the audience has been provided with more options and possibilities. These new possibilities can offer the audience the opportunity to become more involved in the process of art creation. Generally, this has brought the artist and audience closer together, no longer positioning the audience as just the recipient.
This article is an initial step into interrogating the current and future relationship between the artist and audience. Understanding how different technological advances have affected the relationship between artist and audience is also key to getting an idea of how the relationship has changed and what factors have contributed to the ways in which artists and audiences currently relate. The new methods and approaches that have followed these technological advances have shaped both the manner in which art is being created as well as the way in which art is being funded.
2012-02-21
Sustainability has become a buzz word in all areas of life ranging from sustainable finance to sustainable tourism or sustainable consumption. But "sustainable arts and culture" ... ?!
2012-02-16