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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Last year, we helped to circulate a major survey produced by On The Move and commissioned by the British Council through Europe Beyond Access. Out now, their striking preliminary “Time to act” report highlights the barriers that disabled people experience when accessing the arts.
Culture/SHIFT is focused on harnessing the role of creativity and culture to tackle the climate emergency. Inspired by the work of civic artist Frances Whitehead and the embedded artist project , the programme seeks to mix the skills and competencies of artistic and non-arts partners to address urgent climate and sustainability related issues.
Our SHIFT Newsletter on Gender & Power Relations tackles the #METOO movement, gender inequality and gender-based violence in the workplace – and the urgency for structural changes in the cultural and creative sectors.
Through Rewiring the Network, the members of IETM took part in a year-long journey to collectively engage in envisioning a transition into a more sustainable future for the performing arts. The report of our work is an accumulation of ideas which now need to be turned into concrete strategies for the coming years.
Polarization is a widespread problem, including in prosperous countries, so it seems. For those who don't live in one of the richest countries in the world, which the Netherlands still is, this may sound like insane absurdity. But discontent is growing everywhere.
The Covid-19 crisis has proved devastating for the cultural and creative sectors. IETM's Head of Policy and Research Elena Polivtseva connects the impacts of the pandemic to a longer-term failure to adequately address the working conditions of cultural professionals, calling for EU action to help protect the sector’s future.
The European Commission and stakeholders published a new study that sheds light on the status and working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals.
When in November 2018 the Oslo-based Black Box teater premiered “Ways of Seeing”, a piece on the rise of the far-right rhetoric in Norwegian society, they hardly imagined that it would further evolve the main narrative of the play in real life. IETM got in touch with Anne-Cécile Sibué-Birkeland, Artistic and General Director of Black Box teater, to hear the story first hand.
Artistic freedom of expression is often subject to right-wing conservative religious attacks. This article explores the case of the Malta Festival from Poland, which led to a trial over the Polish Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.
In this Declaration from the European Theatre Forum 2020 co-written by IETM, we address the current challenges faced by theatre and the performing arts and put forward eight policy recommendations and actions to strengthen these sectors in the years ahead.

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