Arts Management Newsletter

No 115: Cultural Planning and the Creative Economy

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.
We are very happy to publish an article by Colin Mercer, who couldn't join the congress in Berlin. He build the bridge between cultural planning and the creative economy. Mercer reflects on - in his words - the "strange and uncomfortable" relationship between culture and planning, especially in the European context. In the third article of our special focus, Hasan Bakhshi describes, how to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force. Finally, Annett Baumast introduce the Happy Museum Project in England. It aims to show, how museums can contribute to well-being and sustainability.
Special Focus: Cultural Planning & Creative Economy
  • Interview with Bill Flood about Cultural Planning
  • Cultural Planning and the Creative Economy, by Colin Mercer
  • Taking the Creative Economy Seriously, by Hasan Bakhshi
  • Happy Museum Project, by Annette Baumast

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