Value of Arts

Today's world is obsessed with measuring the impact of every field of public (subsidised) activity. Does your project entail spending public money? Then be prepared to justify its value with numbers and facts.

While numerous studies reveal the power of culture in driving economic growth and creating jobs, it is difficult to quantify the intangible impacts of arts.

 

©Jenny Holzer
Elenq
On the night of Nov. 8, I was preparing to write about Artists for Hillary, the group recruited by HRC’s campaign to use art to advocate for and eventually celebrate America’s first female president. Among them are artists Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems and Maya Lin.
Elenq
David Bowie virtually invented it. Madonna was the mistress of it. Reinvention. Publicly peeling away layers of identity revealing personae of varying degrees of style and substance. It’s what many artists do as a matter of course, a process of regeneration. Similarly, reinvention has been a project of the arts more broadly. Over the last decade-and-a-half, the arts has recreated itself as an industry, a community, an ecology, a profession and a sector, sometimes wearing elements of all these costumes simultaneously in an effort to remain relevant. But it has struggled to apply its...
supporter of Donald Trump - photo credit: AP/Matt Rourke (source: Salon.com)
Elena DI FEDERICO
At one point during the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton suggested that half of Donald Trump’s supporters belonged in “a basket of deplorables” which she described as consisting of “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.” Whether such “deplorables” are really half in the Trump camp or not, they have indeed reached a critical mass across the world - and many of the features that the “deplorables” share are “cultural”.
picture: Elena Di Federico, IETM
Elena DI FEDERICO
Cultural leadership and crossroads: with such fascinating words in mind I landed in sunny Malta, hoping to learn a lot and to get some refreshing views from the truly international group of speakers in the programme of the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture 2016 in Malta...
Olof
The UNESCO makes a strong case for systematically fostering culture in city planning in its new “Global Report, Culture: Urban Future,” launched on October 18 at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador. The report complements the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to ensure “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements and cities” around the globe.
jesus.carnerero
As the IETM Satellite Meeting in Beruit is underway, Raphael Khouri's story about being unable to tell people about a queer Arab play she directed is incredibly timely and important.– Geoliane Arab.
jesus.carnerero
Wael Qadour, playwright and threatre director, not only asks the right questions, but dares to ask them at an unlikely time. While most people today defend artists’ absolute right to express themselves, Wael takes a step back and delivers a nuanced piece on the responsibility of artists and cultural professionals in building and voicing the discourse on freedom of expression.­­ – Geoliane Arab, series curator.
Hanane Hajj Ali
A prominent theatre figure in Lebanon and the Arab region, Hanane Haj Ali reflects in this piece on the personal and professional encounters that have made her the free woman she is today. With her upcoming work, Jogging—theatre in progress, which will be avant-premiered at the IETM Satellite meeting in Beirut, Hanane challenges legal, political, and social censorship and unfailingly reveals herself as an inspiration.—Geoliane Arab.
jesus.carnerero
As part of the IETM's Campaign for Freedom of Expression series, Iraqi film director Mohamed Al Daradji writes about his shocking experience of filming in his homeland, how he tamed it and came to be one of the most representative artists of the Arab region. Freedom of Expression will be the main theme of IETM's next Satellite Meeting in Beirut.
Nan van Houte
International networks Pearle* (employers' league) and EAEA (representing trade unions of performers, musicians, technicians) wrote a joint statement being a strong plea for investment in culture, tax incitement programs, mobility support and the involvement of the sector in policy making processes.

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