Meeting in Amsterdam on 14 December 2012
All ERICarts Associates took part in a strategy debate of the Board of Governors, held at the Boekman Foundation in Amsterdam.
Three Approaches to Cultural Diversity
The ERICarts Institute hosted this workshop at the 2012 DW Global Media Forum in Bonn, June 25 - 27, a conference event visited¬†by ca. 1,800 experts and journalists from all over the world. Speakers were ECURES-Board member Elka Tschernokoshewa and Fabian Jacobs - both work at the Department of Empirical Cultural Studies and Anthropology of the Sorbian Institute, Bautzen. Their main theses as well as their plea for policies and practices fostering "cohesive diversity" reflected findings of "Sharing Diversity", the 2008 ERICarts study for the European Commission. Bi-cultural and bi-lingual experiences at schools in the Lusatia Region, the main settlement area of the slavic Sorb minority in the eastern part of Germany provided food for thought and debates at the workshop.
ERICarts an active participant in its development
The prototype of http://www.worldcp.org/, a new international database of cultural policies and trends, has been launched on 3 October 2011 by IFACCA, the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture. With its country-specific profiles of cultural policies, WorldCP has been modelled on the Council of Europe / ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. At the launch, the Compendium community of practice was represented by Ritva Mitchell (ERICarts Institute / Cupore). Compendium and ERICarts webmaster Joerg Torkler has been one of the architects in the construction of the new site.
Danielle has been involved in most of the ERICarts activities since 1996 as a senior expert, research coordinator¬†or project leader. This includes, but is not limited to¬†a series of projects for the EU (e.g. "Pyramid or Pillars", "Culture Biz" or "Sharing Diversity"), the prominent¬†Council of Europe/ERICarts Compendium information and monitoring system¬†on "Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe", or the "Creative Europe" Report funded by the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF). In Spring and Summer 2009, her final task at the Institute has been the coordination of a global empirical survey on "Achieving Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts and Culture?" for IFACCA.
In November 2009, Danielle has taken up her new position at UNESCO, where she is now Chief of Section, Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Her vast experience and never ending dedication to the work of the ERICarts Institute will be deeply missed. On the other hand,¬†ERICarts' Board of Governors and staff are proud of this perfect choice for an important position in the domain of international cultural cooperation.
Decisive steps towards the launch of a global Internet information and monitoring system on cultural policies and trends based on the Council of Europe/ERICarts COMPENDIUM experience were taken September 5 at a preparatory meeting of different stakeholders in Brussels. Sarah Gardner, Executive Director of IFACCA (upper picture), explains the intended "federal" structure which foresees national profiles written by experts in collaboration with governments; regional coordination, quality control and funding assistance by IGOs, foundations and/or networks; and an international exchange and capacity building platform to be provided by IFACCA with the support of the ERICarts Institute, where the results of these exercises will be orchestrated. In the spirit of the OPEN COMPENDIUM initiative, some important steps towards internationalisation had been taken earlier, including e.g. successful implementations of the country profile grid in 8 Arab States and in Australia.
In line with old Rhineland traditions, Executive Director Andreas Wiesand was forced to surrender his symbol of male dignity to ERICarts intern Sari Asikainen on Womens' Carnival day ("Weiberfastnacht"), 11 February 2010. Our picture includes¬†Office Manager Olivier G√∂bel and Compendium Webmaster J Torkler¬†(in the back)¬†who, having escaped the massacre, did not hide¬†their malicious glees.
As usual, this strange ritual could also¬†find different interpretations: maybe it¬†was simply¬†a rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony¬†of the European Folk Cultures Survey, the ERICarts Institute is now conducting together with its new partner organisation Boekman Foundation, Amsterdam¬†(Boekmanstichting).
New study finds opportunities and deficits
Together with the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES), the ERICarts Institute conducted a study for the European Commission on the "Contribution of Culture to Local and Regional Development as part of European Cohesion Policy". In an effort to¬†involve as much practical experience from the field as possible, over 80 case studies were collected and edited by¬†the Institute (in charge: Olivier G√∂bel), several of them also by ERICarts' partners P√©ter Inkei and J√°nos Szab√≥ (BudObs).
Over 100 experts involved in culture-based projects, officials responsible for developing or applying cultural or Structural Fund policies or people with a particular interest in how cultural activities impact on the economy and society participated in the study by either
- Providing information on cultural projects that have received EU Structural Funding and were successful or innovative; or¬†
- Attending a Seminar in Brussels which examined trends and evidence from projects funded over both the 2000-06 and the current programming periods.
The study, led by Mike Coyne (CSES), resulted in a number of conclusions and tools.¬†At the ERICarts Institute,¬†methodological and content input was coordinated by Andreas Wiesand who also presented some of the results and additional information on the issue at different European conferences.
In preparation for the 2008 UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity, the ERICarts Institute assembled information and data on how cultural diversity is interpreted in national cultural policy frameworks and structures in Europe. Country specific information can be found online through the Council of Europe/ERICarts: Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, 8th edition, 2007.
More information on the goals, the proposed conceptual framework and the main activities leading to the realisation of the 2008 UNESCO World Report is available from the UNESCO website. It provides a list of the members of the advisory committee of experts and board of governors responsible for the report.
In 2006, the ERICarts Institute has produced a comparative study for the European Parliament on the economic and social frameworks for artists in Europe, with particular emphasis placed on mobility issues. The study identified common challenges facing artists with regard to labour, tax and social security legislation and innovative measures which countries have adopted to help artists overcome these challenges. Members of the research team were: Suzanne Capiau, Danielle Cliche, Vesna Čopič, Ritva Mitchell and Andreas Wiesand.
In 2007/2008, the study has fuelled debates and proposals on the situation of artists and the mobility of cultural professionals in the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission.
As a preparation for the 4th IFACCA World Summit on Arts and Culture in Johannesburg, the ERICarts Institute contributed the survey Achieving Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts and Culture? Concepts, Policies, Programmes, Practices. The report mapped views from all parts of the world and collected cases of good practice on the (potential) role of intercultural dialogue in arts policies.
More recently, ERICarts Executive Director Andreas Wiesand advised the UN Alliance of Civilisations during the preparation and evaluation of its Global Forum in Doha: Intercultural Dialogue to Boost Development as well as the Culture Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) - cf. his paper Turning Intercultural Action into Policies.