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Cyberkaris nş 111 - March 2012
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Cyberkaris is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation for all those interested in news and happenings in the field of international cultural policies and cultural cooperation.
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newsletter Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and, therefore, we should make it clear that the authorship of the blunt question entitling the editorial of our March issue is that of Mr. Ricard Fornesa, who said it in 2009 when referring to a shift in the sponsorship policy of the institution which he chaired as the crisis started to wreak havoc and everything seemed to announce a substantial cut in the public budget for essential welfare services. Now, three years later, the crisis is longer and deeper than anticipated, the deconstruction of the welfare state in many European countries is assumed to be inevitable ... and Mr. Fornesa remains the Honorary President of the major Catalan banking and financial group, "La Caixa".

Over recent years a part of "State" cultural policies in Europe has invested their expectations of survival on shaping a new system of public-private partnerships aimed at maintaining, insofar as possible, the credibility of cultural action conceived as a public service, without this implying that culture should be exclusively in the hands of public authorities. The new Spanish government, in the hands of the People's Party, for instance, even though it has not yet provided excessive clarity as to its priorities in cultural policy, has been repeating over recent weeks the need and the urgency of a new sponsorship law together with the regulation for the new context of digital culture. However it is often forgotten that the European (or rather Latin, or Mediterranean) spirit of patronage has little or nothing to do with the Anglo-Saxon understanding of philanthropy, rooted in Lutheranism or Calvinism. Overall, in our case, private money that goes to public causes is more dependent on the reputation and prestige than on taxation or tax exemption. Perhaps because of this, and in terms of strict social consensus, it is more likely that this money will serve to save a forest than restore a monument, or to restore a monument rather than to promote a fairly risky contemporary art initiative. And if all this can be done via the donor's own platform, generally a foundation, that is even better.

This may seem slightly pessimistic, but I think that entrusting the salvation of the public sector, cultural or otherwise, to the eventual vocation of altruistic enterprises is to be misinformed or just expecting too much. In other words, perhaps Mr. Fornesa was wrong and the underlying problem right now is that the money from the private sector, when available, will not be targeted neither at Kandinsky nor at Alzheimer ...

Eduard Miralles, Chair of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter FOMECC Invites Organisations Working in the Field of Promoting Cultural and Creative Enterprises to a Network newsletter
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newsletter interarts The FOMECC model is understood as an instrument for development; its purpose is to contribute to the creation of a sustainable system that links the sphere of art and culture with the economic, social and academic sectors. Led by Interarts, in collaboration with local partners and the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the FOMECC programme has been established in several African and Latin American countries. A few months ago the FOMECC Portal was launched in order to support entrepreneurs involved in this programme, as well as all kinds of initiatives being developed in this direction. In this context, Interarts is preparing a virtual platform for the creation of networks between organizations similar to FOMECC and for synergies in the field of the culture and creative industries in order to generate joint activities. The foundation invites all interested organisations to join this network. Contact: pgarcia@interarts.net. newsletter
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newsletter The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning (NCK) is a Nordic collaborative initiative for creative research and experimental method development within the field of cultural heritage learning. Through advanced cultural heritage learning, NCK aims to integrate Nordic cultural heritage into social development in order to promote lifelong learning, regional development and sustainable growth. The NCK is based in Östersund, Sweden, and run jointly by Jamtli, the Popular Movement Archives in Jämtland County and the Regional State Archives in Östersund. Every year the NCK organizes its annual Spring conference. The title of the 2012 edition, held on 8 and 9 February at Jamtli in Östersund, Sweden, was "Step outside! Heritage learning transcends borders". The conference, targeted at professionals from Nordic countries interested in the learning that takes place in archives, museums, galleries and heritage sites aimed at strengthening heritage learning through lectures and seminars. Mercedes Giovinazzo, director of Interarts, was one of the international guests invited this year. The full programme can be downloaded from the NCK website. newsletter
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newsletter From 8 to 9 February, FOMECC Senegal held a capacity-building workshop on performing arts contracts. The training was addressed to the music sector and gathered 26 participants: artists, managers and event managers from Dakar. Led by Luc Mayitoukou and Aziz Dieng, the workshop first analyzed the general aspects of the music industry and its relationship to the collective management of copyright and related rights, and, then, the various types of contracts in the performing arts. Designed to be practical and useful, this specific training allowed participants to deal in a more professional manner with local and international partners. The activity was organized as part of the consultancy services offered by FOMECC Senegal, which plans to multiply this type of actions. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The seminar 'Culture and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Towards a New Articulation. A Seminar to Think, Discuss and Act' was held in Barcelona on 15 February. Organized by Interarts, in collaboration with Family Care International (FCI) and supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the seminar brought together professionals from the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and international cooperation for development. Among the main issues tackled by presentations, round tables and group work was the cross-sectorial dimension of culture in understanding sexual and reproductive health, as well as the need to design strategies which, from the field of health and cooperation, will take care of and promote sexual and reproductive health in a sustainable and culturally-acceptable way. More information. newsletter
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newsletter Launch of the Project ''Participatory Route for the Prevention of HIV Among Young People and Afro-descendants in Ecuador: Cultural Factors and Bilingual Education'' newsletter
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newsletter Interarts, in collaboration with Family Care International/Ecuador and the support of AECID, has recently launched the project "Participatory Route for the Prevention of HIV among Young People and Afro-descendants in Ecuador: Cultural Factors and Bilingual Education". The new initiative continues and expands on efforts developed during the first and the second phase of the project on cultural factors for the prevention of HIV among indigenous young people and women in Ecuador, expanding its action to the provinces of Esmeraldas and Loja. The new initiative will involve the implementation of the Participatory Route as the main activity, a recreational and educational methodology in HIV prevention through information, symbolic universe and play, facilitated by young indigenous people in bilingual education schools. It also involves the participation of public health services at local, regional and national level. newsletter
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newsletter Grundtvig Project 'Cultural Education for Families' Meets in Barcelona newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 16-17 February, Interarts hosted the partners of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership project 'Cultural Learning for Families'. This initiative, coordinated by EDUCULT, Vienna, and which also involves partners in Germany and Slovenia in addition to Interarts, aims to foster the exchange of experiences among cultural organisations which provide intergenerational educational programmes. The meeting enabled partners to visit and discuss a range of experiences in this field and addressed issues such as the role of cultural education in peripheral urban neighbourhoods. The project is funded by the European Commission in the context of the Lifelong Learning Programme. For additional information, visit this link. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The proposal for a new European Union Culture Programme called "Creative Europe" has already received an official response from Culture Action Europe (CAE). In the framework of the "We are more" campaign, this European network of cultural organizations has recently published a statement, which underlines the need for the new programme to recognize the social value of the arts and culture and the ways in which they contribute to human development and allow experimentation for artists and cultural operators. For CAE, with respect to the previous programme "Creative Europe" should involve the refocusing of objectives, an improvement in design and management and an increase in its budget. newsletter
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newsletter Conference on Audience Development: Call for Participation from Projects Supported by the EU newsletter
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newsletter In autumn 2012, the European Commission is organizing a conference on audience development, an element proposed by the European Commission for the future funding programme "Creative Europe" for the cultural and creative sectors. With this event the Commission wishes to foster the exchange of good practices on this issue, and, to this aim, it invites projects already being supported by the EU's Culture and MEDIA Programmes with an audience development component to take part. Those interested are invited to fill out the project template found on this link by 9 March 2012. newsletter
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newsletter interarts This is the second edition of the M4m programme for artistic mobility. Developed by 12 European associated partners and supported by the European Commission, the programme aims to foster mobility, encounters and exchange between artists and professionals from the field of culture and creativity. With regard to last year's edition, this time the programme has a wider range of residency possibilities for artists, performers, technicians, engineers, artistic directors and all professionals related to the world of creativity. Through registration at www.emobility.pro, those interested may consult all available options and apply for the most appropriate one. newsletter
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newsletter The second edition of this school, organized by ENCATC and the University of Kent, will be held from 2 to 6 July, 2012, in Brussels. The programme aims to familiarize participants, professionals working in an arts organization or leading a cultural project or event, with innovative theories and practices in cultural management, as well as to offer practical examples. Led by international experts, different key issues will be addressed such as arts and cultural funding in European regions; mapping and measuring culture; old and new indicators; leadership in arts and cultural organisations, etc. More information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter In October, the Cultural Management Degree Programme, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the ENCATC Arts and Health Thematic Area will organize in this city a conference on arts and health projects and practices. The aim of the conference is to reflect on initiatives that combine art and health and that usually are pilot projects in order to turn them into permanent services. What specific competencies do cultural operators working in this field need? How to solve the challenge of funding and financing?; questions such as these will be discussed at the event. Professionals interested may participate by sending their proposals before 31 May 2012. More information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In 1999, Interarts and Edicions 62 published the Catalan version of the report "In from the Margins", developed by the European Working Group in the field of Culture and Development promoted by the Council of Europe. Among the Working Group members was Eduard Delgado, founder of Interarts. The book has two central themes, two interconnected priorities: culture as a factor in social cohesion and integration in the European project and cultural policy as a key element of government systems. The report, which is already over ten years old, is still highly relevant. Today Interarts is offering the Catalan version of the book to its subscribers, entitled "Des dels marges. Una aportació al debat sobre Cultura i Desenvolupament a Europa". Those interested should contact Interarts at interarts@interarts.net, in order to collect the book. newsletter
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newsletter In 2011 at the request of the European Commission, a EU expert group made up of representatives from the culture ministries of EU Member States and representatives of European cultural sector organizations with proven experience of dealing with the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, including On The Move and PRACTICS, developed a document on information standards for the mobility in this sector in order to offer to EU Member States policy makers practical guidance for setting up accessible information services. The document is now available on On The Move's website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The French magazine "Hommes & Migrations", specialized in social sciences on migration and integration in France, published an issue entitled "Immigration in museums, an international comparison" in late 2011. The review was coordinated by Ramon Grosfoguel, professor at the Department of Ethnic Studies of the University of California-Berkeley; Alexandra Poli, researcher at the CNRS,CADIS (EHESS) and Yvon Le Bot, Marie Curie resident at the University of Warwick. The publication includes a variety of experiences, providing new elements for reflection on how immigration is taken into account by museums, based on different approaches strongly linked to national histories and cultural patterns. newsletter
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newsletter The Department of Studies, Future Trends and Statistics (DEPS) of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication has recently published two documents of interest. Firstly, "Pratiques culturelles, 1973-2008. Dynamiques générationnelles et pesanteurs sociales", available in French, is an analysis of the evolution of cultural practices among the French population, which highlights some trends such as the increasing prevalence of screen-based culture at the expense of reading. The second publication, "European Statistical Works on Culture", available in French and English, is a summary of works, developed between 2009 and 2011, by the European cultural statistics network (ESSnet-Culture). newsletter
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newsletter Cultural Governance: from Challenges to Changes newsletter
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newsletter In November, in Slovenia, Culture Watch Europe with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia organized a conference which gathered high-ranking policy makers, leading thinkers and practitioners from the cultural sector, devoted to the ideas and practices related to cultural policy design and especially the role of the state in 'cultural governance'. Questions addressed included issues such as how to ensure cultural rights and democratic access or what possibilities exist for culture to be an agent of change. The conference statement is available on the Council of Europe's website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts OPEN DAYS, the European Week of Regions and Cities, is an annual event organized by the EU Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO), which brings together regional and local authorities to showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs and implementing the EU's cohesion policy. The 9th edition of the event took place in October 2011, in Brussels, and the electronic version of its proceedings has been recently published. It is available in English on the European Commission's website. It includes the event's opening session, the workshops and analytical sections on the OPEN DAYS 2011. newsletter
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newsletter The Heinrich Böll Foundation has just published 2 essays dealing with art and cultural transformations toward sustainability. Both are available on the Foundation's website. Adrienne Goehler, former Senator for Science, Research and Culture in Berlin and one of Europe's foremost cultural debaters, is an author of one of the publications: "Conceptual Thoughts on Establishing a Fund for Aesthetics and Sustainability". The second essay, entitled "Toward Global (Environ)Mental Change: Transformative Art and Cultures of Sustainability", is the work of Sacha Kagan, PhD, Faculty of Cultural Sciences of the Leuphana University, Lüenburg, Germany, and founding coordinator of Cultura21 International. newsletter
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newsletter Les Rencontres' Meeting: Which Europe of Culture Twenty Years after the Maastricht Treaty? (Maastricht, 22-25 March 2012) newsletter
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newsletter Motivated by the 20th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty which introduced a legal basis for culture for the first time at the European level, Les Rencontres, Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, is organizing in this Dutch city a meeting in order to explore the stakes and challenges regarding the European construction in the field of culture in times of crisis. Among other topics, during these days the next Culture Programme (2014-2020) will be analyzed and the issues of interdisciplinary arts related to the change of art professionals will be explored. The event will coincide with Les Rencontres' annual committee meeting. More information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter The International Network for Contemporary Arts (IETM) will organize its spring plenary meeting at the end of this month. The meeting will take place in the capital of Denmark and the theme chosen for this occasion, "Rights?", plays with the double English meaning of this word in the sense of "right" as "correct or proper" and "right" as "our human rights". The organization aims to open the debate on whether so-called good models of practice are good in all cases, or the validity of relativism applied to human rights. The event is a starting point for a discussion with the performing arts community, questioning if civic and artistic responsibilities mix well. newsletter
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newsletter IFACCA: 3rd Researchers' Meeting (Helsinki, Finland, 25-26 June 2012) newsletter
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newsletter The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is organizing a researchers' meeting to bring together research managers from arts councils and ministries of culture around the world that will take place in June 2012, in Helsinki, Finland. The main objectives of the meeting are to discuss the role of arts policy research and its connection to cultural policies and to share information on research priorities, projects, methods and problems and current research challenges, as well as to deal with research related specific questions. Professionals interested in attending the meeting have to inform the organisers by 16 March. For additional information, please visit IFACCA's website. newsletter
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newsletter Cyberkaris, the monthly electronic newsletter of Interarts, is intended for all those interested in receiving updated information on international cultural policies and cultural cooperation. Available in four languages -Catalan, Spanish, French and English- it is sent to over 5.000 subscribers all over the world as the main communication tool of the organization alongside its webpage www.interarts.net. Founded in 1995 Interarts is a private agency with international projection, the aim of which is to advise in the design of cultural policies, to contribute to development through the cultural sector and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and information in the field of culture. Interarts operates mainly in the field of cultural policies and cultural co-operation and its objective is to foster the inclusion of a cultural element in all projects concerning human development. With headquarters in Barcelona Interarts carries out its activities in cooperation with public and private entities and has a wide experience in cultural cooperation projects both at national and international levels. newsletter
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