Inclusion

We believe it is in the nature of the arts to hold up a critical mirror to society, and to break down barriers between its different groups. But is our sector fully reflective of the communities we live in?  

This debate is about the urgency to open up the arts to all of society - to all the classes, ethnicities, religions, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.

 

Ben Evans
Something exciting is happening across Europe; organisations are opening their eyes to the aesthetic challenge often posed by disabled artists. Joe Turnbull, Assisant Editor of Disability Arts Online speaks to Ben Evans, Head of Arts and Disability, EU Region at the British Council to discuss how sharing expertise can capitalise on this momentum.
photo of the seminar Ahead of the Curve in Berlin, May 2017
Elena DI FEDERICO
Twelve years in but ahead of the curve – is the 2005 UNESCO Convention still the right tool for the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions? Has it ever been? What do the marginalised voices need to do in order to influence global debates and policy making and how do we tackle the many crises of our times?
fbittencourt
Through the analysis of the CDCE’s transfer from international level to Mercosur and ASEAN regions, my article seeks to explore four key questions : why do actors engage in norm transfer ? Who are the key actors involved in the norm transfer process ? What is transferred and why ? What restricts or facilitates the norm transfer process ?
Victor Mayot
Il y a cinquante ans, le général de Gaulle présidait à la création du ministère des affaires culturelles. La naissance de cette institution a précipité le déclin d’un autre projet, à présent méconnu : l’éducation politique des jeunes adultes, conçue dans l’immédiat après-guerre comme un outil d’émancipation humaine. Pour ses initiateurs, culture devait rimer avec égalité et universalité.
© Jens Bjerregaard
Elenq
This research seeks to develop greater understanding of the impacts of globalization, digitalization, and (im)migration on the work of arts managers and arts management researchers. Different from studies that focus specifically on those who work exclusively in international contexts, this paper aims to present current research based on an international empirical study of arts managers who do not necessarily cross borders for their work and who would in most cases not even consider their work international as such.
fbittencourt
For thousands of years in the Western theatrical tradition, the atypical body has been used to scare, warn, explain, and explore human frailty, mortality, and the human condition. Disability has been a metaphor for the non-disabled to explore their fears and embedded societal values.
Elena DI FEDERICO
While the media and popular culture may portray refugee camps mainly as places of desperation, human rights workers know that they are complex communities teeming with economic, social, and artistic life. Social-justice oriented theater professionals have found refugee camps to be a vital and vibrant place to practice their craft. But like any human rights or social justice work, refugee theater projects must be culturally sensitive and ethically-responsible.
fbittencourt
Given the litany of distractions vying for people's attention nowadays, arts organizations need to do a better job at engaging everyone, "diverse communities" or otherwise. The engagement challenge spans demographics, and that's because the very definition of the arts experience is changing.
The inclusion of migrants and refugees: the role of cultural organisations
Elena DI FEDERICO
Where to start? What do we need to know? What to do and how? These are frequently asked questions among cultural professionals interested in contributing to the inclusion of migrants and refugees in our societies. It is necessary to have access to the knowledge and tools that will allow us to reflect on the situation we are currently facing and to develop programmes and actions that can address the concerns and needs of the society, including those of the newcomers. With this publication, Portugues organisation Acesso Cultura aims to help meeting some of these needs.
Image from Lampedusa Mirrors, from Matarasso's blog "A restless art"
Elena DI FEDERICO
Like all citizens and their organisations, artists are part of civil society. They have a distinctive role within it when their work gives voice and visibility to people who are marginalised or not easily heard. In all societies some groups and interests dominate, thanks to their position, strength or control of resources. For everyone else, culture may be the only legitimate (or safe) form of expression.

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