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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NGO Siyah Bant's report explains how film festivals in Turkey resist to pressures to censor cinematic works and how they can increase the possibility of resistance to censorship. Cases of censorship at film festivals in Turkey have become increasingly common, more visible and have brought about devastating changes, creating a need for research focusing particularly on restrictions of freedom of expression at festivals. In this report, NGO Siyah Bant aims to lay out the strategies followed by film festivals in response to pressures to censor cinematic works and to develop the groundwork for...
On 23rd June 2016 the people of the UK made the historic decision to leave the European Union. Ahead of the referendum the British Council commissioned this collection of essays by prominent people working in a wide variety of cultural sectors. They offer an insight into the historic, social, artistic, scientific and educational connections between the UK and other European countries, and a reflection on how these might be shaped in years to come.
Este informe, encargado por el Observatorio de la Artes Escénicas Aplicadas (Instituto del Teatro, Barcelona), propone un diagnóstico sobre la situación de las artes escénicas aplicadas en Cataluña. Los objetivos de este informe son los siguientes: · Definir las características y analizar la situación actual de las entidades e instituciones que trabajan en el ámbito de las artes escénicas aplicadas a la comunidad, la educación y la salud, mediante un estudio de diagnóstico centrado en Cataluña pero que tome en consideración tendencias y algunas referencias significativas observadas en el...
The arrival and presence of refugees in Europe remains a critical issue. The policies of national and supranational governmental organizations are by and large ineffective and often hostile. Self-organizing grass-root initiatives of citizens in many different European cities and across countries have endeavoured to compensate for what the political ruling class is failing to do.
In the past two years, several members of The Freedom Theatre (a theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine) have been unable to travel due to either denied visas or denied entry/exit by border officials. The Freedom Theatre senior staff member Mustafa Sheta was recently denied exit by Israeli border authorities to attend a visa appointment at the US Embassy in Amman. Third-year acting student Osama Al Azzeh was denied entry by Jordanian border authorities to participate in community theatre performances in refugee camps. In the past two years, several members of...
Freemuse's INSIGHT is a series of articles providing readers with analytical stories on censorship of the arts and in-depth interviews with censored artists or/and cultural producers. The 2015 compilation covers 11 countries and topics as diverse as Syrian art in the diaspora, Punk music and Shari’a, art under threat in Sweden and Russia, the challenges of promoting co-existence through art in Paris and the use of the N-word in arts. A useful read, to complete Freemuse's annual statistics on violations of artistic freedom of expression (on their website as well).
The decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE has increased five-fold over the past year, coinciding with a dramatic rise in young people studying EBacc subjects.
“No future without culture”. Placing culture at the heart of international cooperation is essential if we are to make development a sustainable process. ECDPM applies a culturally sensitive approach to development by working on societal dynamics and their interaction with policy-making.
"We suggest that the conflation of culture with creative industries since 1997 has harmed both cultural policy and creative industries policy in the UK. We propose that an official definition of the cultural sector and the production of government statistics to support such a definition will help to clarify creative industries policy and create a much needed opportunity to revisit the scope and nature of cultural policy. "
Creative work has enhanced human development since early times; similarly, the latter can expand the former. But the links are not automatic. To expand the contribution of creative work to human development, this paper suggests cultivating more respect for local creative output, fighting exploitation and gender bias, promoting intellectual property, and collecting data and building infrastructure.

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