Arts Management Newsletter

No 122: International Training Opportunities in Arts Management

Cultural managers have an urgent need for advanced trainings to face the changes in society and politics concerning the arts. But what competences does that include? Lorraine Lim, lecturer in arts management at Birkbeck, stated in the Guardian that according to a study among her students, the important skills nowadays are not only how to run an arts institution, but to manage different kinds of projects as portfolio work and to create a career out of short-term employments. With regard to globalization and the differentiation of the cultural sector, this includes often neglected aspects like dealing with failure, intercultural communication and - since glocalization is coming along with globalization - insights in international cultural infrastructures, and social and political circumstances.
Do you know which aspects and local characteristics you would have to consider for a cultural project in e.g. South America or Central Asia? Or how to integrate a refugee with a professional background in the arts in your organization?

It is difficult to set up and implement trainings for art managers that can keep pace with the current developments in theory and practice and can be adapted to any given context and diverse situations. Thus, international exchange, thinking outside of the box, new ways of learning and flexible up to date curricula are needed to secure the applicability of training knowledge all throughout the world.

An increasing number of organizations is taking on this important task and we would like to present some of them in this newsletter. To offer you suggestions and support for individual projects, we let organizers and participants have their say. At the heart of the matter is the question of how one conceives and implements programs that, on one hand, are based on the broad theoretical expertise in cultural management, expanding this expertise for international aspects while at the same time adapting to local circumstances in a sustainable manner.

We are looking forward to hear about your experiences and suggestions as well.
SPECIAL FOCUS - International Training Opportunities in Arts Management
  • AFRICA: AFAIs Cultural Leadership Programme, by Belisa Rodrigues - Page 3
  • AFRICA: Sowing the Future of Arts Management in Zimbabwe,by Taremeredzwa Takudzwa Chirewa and Rumbi Katedza - Page 10
  • EUROPE/ AMERICA: Bosch Foundation offers arts managers international exchange, by Laura Hagood - Page 14
  • WORLD: Goethe-Instituts MOOC Managing the Arts, by Nico Degenkolb- Page 19
  • Field report about Managing the Arts, by Aye Tapnar and Alexandra Resch - Page 22

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