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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When addressing the status of artists in Romania, the general conversation tends to be about the low income and inadequate social services for those working in the arts. The creative ecosystem is viewed as unpaired, and therefore worthy of a distinct status within society.
Rami Mohsen via Flickr
In a moment of existential crisis for the European Union, culture might seem irrelevant. Yet, for a meaningful refounding of the European project, culture and values need to be at the heart of the debates in Europe.
Who Are We? This is the question that London’s Tate is asking at its free six day cross-platform event spanning the visual arts, film, photography, design, architecture, the spoken and written word and live art.
Is Europe’s main problem linked to the institutions and the cumbersome decision making process as the White Paper seems to suggest? Is the future of Europe merely a matter of logistics? Is it not the very idea of Europe itself that is at stake?
Sadly, it has become clear that the N.E.A. is, once again, under threat of being abolished, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purported reason is cost savings
The plaza in front of the one of the festival theatres. Nitra, Slovakia.
While I grew up during the fall of the Soviet Union, it’s important to acknowledge that Western anti-communist propaganda and the lingering effects of the Cold War kept me distanced from any realistic notion of life and culture in Eastern Europe.
Between 6 and 9 October, Flanders Arts Institute, together with a substantial delegation of artists and arts organisations from Flanders and Brussels, took part in the IETM Satellite Meeting in Beirut. A Satellite Meeting is a smaller gathering of the IETM network, each time with a focus on a specific theme and/or region.
Poster of When Swallows Cry, play by Mike Van Graan
"To be a writer does not require race essentialism and/or racial solidarity; it requires human empathy."
From 26 to 29 January, IETM organised a Caravan meeting in Tehran, coincided and partly hosted by the Fajr International Festival. Since we preferred to meet with a broader slice of the performing arts scene, especially the ‘independent’ artists and those forced to work ‘underground’, our daytime programme was compiled by several partners in Tehran.
Salzburg Global Seminar
The role of the arts and cultural sector and resilience is being discussed by Salzburg Global Seminar at the session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage, and Renewal. Fellows at this session have a vast amount of experience in their fields. Here are a few of their thoughts.

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