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.

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Dario Fo
Dario Fo bandito in Turchia: "È come vincere il secondo Nobel". I suoi testi teatrali censurati insieme a quelli di Shakespeare, Cechov e Brecht: "Sono tutti morti tranne me, speriamo che Erdogan non lo venga a sapere". “It’s like winning another Nobel Prize”
Bi-partisan government funding policy for arts in Australia has been under sustained attack and excellence in arts has been ‘transformed from aspiration to commodity’. This article written by IETM member Jude Anderson (Punctum) looks at the past and current developments of public funding for the arts in Australia.
From community university partnerships to practice-based PhDs and tenured teaching posts, a new set of resources developed for a-n by artist Steve Pool identifies some key ways artists are working within higher education, and considers the value of such relationships to both artists and institutions.
Student enrollment in public school courses in visual art, music, theatre, and dance is linked to reduced high school dropout even after controlling for observable student and school characteristics expected to influence both arts participation and school commitment. Agencies that support arts education should invest in experimental studies to produce causal evidence about the impact of arts on the student outcomes stakeholders care about.
Miri Regev, Israel’s culture minister
A group of Israeli artists, museum directors and art educators quietly filed a lawsuit in July against the country’s ministry of culture, according to a petition seen by The Art Newspaper. Artists and cultural institutions are feeling increasingly intimidated under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, especially since Miri Regev, an Israeli army brigadier-general, became the country’s minister of culture in 2015. Protests against threats to freedom of speech flared all summer. Threats to funding based on policies that limit freedom of expression could be a “death blow to culture institutions...
Article 19 of the Declaration of Human Rights states that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Although a recognised freedom, it is viewed and experienced in different ways, depending on its discipline, the country in question and also historical precedents. Sometimes biased and violated, sometimes honoured and often misunderstood, freedom of expression is much more complicated to explain and defend in...
As Beirut gets ready to host IETM's first Satellite meeting on Freedom of Expression in the South-Mediterranean region, Lebanese writer and advocate Mona Merhi writes about the history of censorship in Lebanon and its current state of play, paving the way for a deeper reflection on artistic freedoms in the Arab region and beyond. This is the first post in the Campaign for Freedom of Expression series.—Geoliane Arab.
"Театр сегодня оказался в привилегированном положении — ни одно другое искусство не обладает одновременно таким арсеналом неопосредованных контактов со зрителем. Именно театру доступны диалог с ним, влияние на него, сближение с ним. Сегодня это один из самых актуальных коммуникативных инструментов."
En se concentrant sur l'économie, la construction européenne a créé des liens commerciaux, monétaires et institutionnels. Mais elle n'est jamais parvenue à faire naître une identité européenne à laquelle les citoyens puissent se référer.
picture: Leon Wieseltier
"The more we educate ourselves by means of the arts, and expose our citizens and our children to the full range of the human heart, the more decent and wise we become, individually and collectively", says US-based writer and editor Leon Wieseltier in this interview.

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