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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The cultural rights of Irish citizens should be recognised and protected through an Amendment to the Constitution, a report from the Oireachtas joint committee on arts and heritage has said.
Growing up I did follow world events and I read an actual newspaper -- every day. Several key events stand out in my adolescent/teenage mind -- the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, AIDS activists storming Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to interrupt a mass held by Cardinal John O’Connor, and the 1995 genocide in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
As President Trump eyes abolishing federal arts funding in the U.S., a survey of tax-supported music from Australia to Iceland reveals a complex, shifting landscape.
Metrics-based approaches to understanding the value of culture imply homogeneity of artistic purpose, invite political manipulation and demand time, money and attention from cultural organisations without proven benefit.
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?
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.
The inclusion of migrants and refugees: the role of cultural organisations
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.
It Starts With A Conversation - a guide for artists and producers
ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform Partners are proud to announce the on-line publication of a guide written jointly by creative producers Ása Richardsdóttir and Lene Bang Henningsen.
Lampedusa Mirrors. Image from Teatro dell'Argine website
An island: Lampedusa. Lampedusa the symbol, Lampedusa the mirage, Lampedusa the nightmare. Lampedusa mirrors dreams and frustrations, hopes and stereotypes of two lands, Tunisia and Italy, united and divided by the Mediterranean Sea, with the small island of Sicily in the very middle... Un’isola: Lampedusa. Lampedusa il simbolo, Lampedusa il miraggio, Lampedusa l’incubo. Lampedusa come specchio dei sogni e delle frustrazioni, delle speranze e degli stereotipi di due terre, la Tunisia e l’Italia, unite e divise dal Mediterraneo, con la piccola isola della Sicilia al loro centro...
Image from Lampedusa Mirrors, from Matarasso's blog "A restless art"
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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