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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Toni GONZALEZ
Two puppeteers in Spain have reportedly been jailed, charged with “glorifying terrorism” during a children’s show in Madrid. Alfonso Lazaro de la Fuente and Raul Garcia Perez were arrested after staging a show featuring the hanging of an effigy of a judge, the stabbing of a nun with a crucifix and several police beatings, according to reports. Sign the petition that calls for the immediate release of the two Spanish puppeteers (only available in Spanish).
Anonymous
The Middle East Institute co-hosted a panel discussion exploring the value and impact of the arts in conflict zones. The panel was organized with the Media Lounge at the College Art Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Elena DI FEDERICO
Ai closed his exhibition Ruptures at Denmark’s Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen, in protest at a new law that allows Danish authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers. “The way I can protest is that I can withdraw my works from that country. It is very simple, very symbolic – I cannot co-exist, I cannot stand in front of these people, and see these policies. It is a personal act, very simple; an artist trying not just to watch events but to act, and I made this decision spontaneously.”
Anonymous
He had gone “from being an artist who makes things, to being an artist who makes things happen.” Is political art becoming a restrictive term?
Elena POLIVTSEVA
There is growing international interest in the potential of the cultural and creative industries to drive sustainable development and create inclusive job opportunities. An indication of this is a recent set of UNESCO guidelines on how to measure and compile statistics about the economic contribution of the cultural industries. But should this be the only reason for funding arts and culture? Cultural industries can be defined as those whose major outputs have some symbolic value – such as fine arts, film and craft – but also possibly including jewellery design, publishing and fashion...
Geoliane ARAB
“There was a group of men inside, some in uniform and others in plainclothes. They started shouting at me and asking me what my religion was,” he said. “Then they started asking about comics. I was confused.”
Elena DI FEDERICO
Europe has a ‘problem’; it is becoming a ‘less cultural continent’ as fewer Europeans are ‘engaging in cultural activities’. This paper questions the existence of this ‘problem’ and instead suggests that there is a shared problematisation across Europe sustained by common discursive archaeology that employs various discursive strands in relation to a dominant institutional discourse. The argument is that the ‘problem’ of ‘non-participation’ legitimates a ‘solution’ that predates its emergence: the state subsidy of arts organisations.
Elena POLIVTSEVA
"I argue that various contemporary artworks have a potential very few cultural practices have: namely that they are able to create a space of the potentials of nothingness in which we do not simply think, but also exist without prescriptions." Article by Délia Vékony, an art historian, a full-time lecturer at the Department of Arts Management, International Business School, Budapest. Source: Seismopolite (Journal of Art and Politics)
Pascal GIELEN
The book No Culture, No Europe: On the Foundations of Politics, edited by Pascal Gielen brings together contributions by an interdisciplinary group of theorists and scientists who argue that the European Union’s lack of attention towards culture is the main cause of the today’s political and economic crises.
ietm@ietm.org
German theatre Schauspielhaus Bochum invited the public to pack into a refrigerated truck to give them a glimpse into the hardships experienced by people trying to reach Europe from war zones.

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