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Why culture matters to sustainable development
Article 13 September, 2012, Artshub By Holly Schäuble is the Founding Director of Many Hands International, an Australian NGO working with communities to identify cultural assets and apply them to maintain culture and develop economic and social opportunities.
“The use of Structural Funds for Cultural Projects” - Culture for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth – Assessing the impact of Structural Funds for cultural investment
Commissioned by the European Parliament, the study shows the importance of Structural Funds (SFs) in European cities, regions and countries developing their economy and improving their social fabric through culture. It highlights the breadth of the impact of cultural investment ranging from urban regeneration, social cohesion, jobs and entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, heritage preservation, education and tourism.
It is accepted that art makes positive contributions to society, but a recent report by researchers Dr Grace McQuilten and Dr Anthony White looks deeper at how art can benefit communities and why it is worth funding.
The research report titled Arts, Money and Society: Private Funding, Public Benefit and Creative Social Enterprise details how art is benefiting society and the economy through means other than what can be gained by viewing art or treating it as a commodity.
VicHealth’s MOTION program aims to engage people in fun and physically active arts that increase social connectedness. These seven projects combine arts, activity and fun. Creative and playful installations and events include: The Giant Theremin, Tangle, Dance with me, 52 Flashmobs in 52 weeks, Crowd Play, Roll up cycling valet service and Atelier Edens. www.vichealth.vic.gov.au
Arts Leadership: International Case Studies is an edited collection of international case studies discussing approaches to arts leadership and management. Cases drawn from: the UK, Serbia, Canada, the US, Russia, Australia, Denmark, Singapore and Finland. Information: www.tup.net.au
Berry Street and Effective Change, 2012 ‘Evaluation of the Cartwheels Cathedral Ranges Project’. The evaluation of the Cartwheels project to assist with recovery, and develop mental health and social-emotional wellbeing of young people, working through visual and performing arts following the Victorian bushfires in 2009. Visit: www.berrystreet.org.au/EvaluationReports or www.effectivechange.com.au/publications