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A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists—from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers—out of work. This important book looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters.
“This is an exciting and visionary book, showing why an age of culture is necessary and how it can be achieved.” — Biserka Cvjeticanin, Director, Culturelink/Institute for Development and International Relations.
“Paul Schafer believes that we are standing at the threshold of a new era of global development and human affairs that should be driven by a holistic cultural perspective.” — Robert Palmer, former Director of Democratic Governance, Culture, and Diversity at the Council of Europe.
by Jennifer Swan, 19 January 2015, Nonprofit Quarterly.
We too often hear the arts are “expendable” or “luxury” items when it comes to budgets and spending. Recently, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released three separate studies relating to audience arts attendance, the reasons for attendance, and how this affects the overall U.S. economy.
New Book:Design Handbook for Cultural Centres, published by the Stannica Cultural Centre in Zilina, Slovakia
This new book is a collection of personal experiences, observations and opinions on cultural centres. It is a list of examples, situations and stories collected in the years 2011- 2014 by visiting member centres of Trans Europe Halles network.
David Bell and Kate Oakley survey the major debates emerging in cultural policy research, adopting an approach based on spatial scale to explore cultural policy in cities, nations and internationally. They contextualise these discussions with an exploration of what both ‘culture’ and ‘policy’ mean when they are joined together as cultural policy. Drawing on topical examples and contemporary research, as well as their own experience in both academia and in consultancy, Bell and Oakley urge readers to think critically about the project of cultural policy as it is currently being played out around the world. Cultural Policy is a comprehensive and readable book that provides a lively, up-to-date overview of key debates in cultural policy, making it ideal for students of media and cultural studies, creative and cultural industries, and arts management.
New Report: Findings from the 2013 survey of Victorians’ attitude toward race, racism, ethnicity and cultural diversity presents results from research project, led by VicHealth
The survey was developed in partnership with The University of Melbourne, the Social Research Centre and experts across Australia.
Over the past 10 years VicHealth has identified discrimination and its resulting disadvantages as one of the important drivers of mental ill health. Mental illness is among the top three causes of burden of disease and injury in Australia.
That’s why VicHealth has adopted improving mental wellbeing as a strategic focus in our Action Agenda for Health Promotion. For a decade we have supported activity that builds the evidence of the link between race-based discrimination and health, as well as promoting cultural diversity.
New Journal: Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, Making Culture Count special edition, Vol 11, No 1 (2014)
Among the articles in this edition of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, we are pleased to recommend three contributions stemming from the 2012 international conference Making Culture Count: Rethinking measures of cultural vitality, wellbeing and citizenship presented by CDN and the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne.
The articles are:
Now someone like me finds me: Gift exchange and reciprocity in community arts (Joanna Winchester);
Towards the use of cultural indicators in planning for vibrant activity centres (Rosalie Hastwell and Simon Wollan)
In this issue, NEA Arts Magazine look at some of the innovative ways that organizations are using art as an instrument of healing. At the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, art therapy is helping service members grapple with the complex issues behind post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. At the nonprofit D-Rev, creative product design is forging solutions for medical issues plaguing third-world countries. AIDS Quilt workshops provide an outlet for grief and mourning, while working toward HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. COSACOSA, based in Philadelphia, uses public art to heal communities fractured by poverty and illness, and in California, EngAGE is challenging the concept of what retirement communities should look like.
Released in 2014, this Guide created by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), identifies the main intellectual property (IP) challenges faced by festival organizers and outlines some practical elements of an effective IP management strategy, following a step-by-step approach.
New Resource: Digital Storytelling in Museum: The experience of training museum professionals in the European project Diamond – Dialoguing Museum for a new cultural democracy.
The Diamond “Dialoguing Museums for a New Cultural Democracy” project was a two year project co – funded by European Commission within the lifelong learning programme Grundtvig (adult education).
The project aimed at bringing together a group of scientific museums and research centres committed to provide learning opportunities for adult people. Diamond aimed at implementing pilot activities within scientific museums addressed to socially disadvantaged adults, using also ICT and focussing on the issue of impact measurement and evaluation. To promote a greater appreciation of the role of scientific museums as a tool to engage adults and promote learning opportunities and social inclusion for disadvantaged groups.
Diamond started in November 2012- and ended in October 2014.
The project leader ECCOM, Italy, and the partnership was composed by 6 partners from Italy, Romania, Spain, 4 of which are scientific museums: “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History in Bucharest, Romania, “Ion Borcea” Natural Science Museum Complex, in Bacau Romania, The Museum of Natural Sciences in Valencia and the Civic Museum of Zoology (Rome, Italy). Melting Pro. Laboratorio per la Cultura thanks to its expertise in digital storytelling was in charge of the training of the museum professionals in the project.
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