Dear friends and partners of EDUCULT,
welcome to our autumn newsletter! We hope you receive the newsletter in a good post-holiday mood and would like to ease your start into the new season by informing you about current developments in the domain of arts and cultural policy & education and EDUCULT projects. We are pleased to present one of our new projects in Germany, the evaluation of the on-site consulting teams.
A highlight we would like to announce is the open office day on 18 October where we will celebrate the venia legendi of Michael Wimmer – please join us!
In Wimmer’s Quarterly, Michael reflects on insights and experiences from a trip to Central Asia, while working on the evaluation of the Open Society Foundations’ Arts and Culture Program this summer.
EDUCULT IN ACTION provides current information on our projects.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE informs about international exchange and co-operations.
EDUCULT INFORMS about international affairs, projects and meetings.
Enjoy the news – and have a great autumn!
Outland, the arts and social change
The holiday season is over, and back on our office desks we are trying to get organized. Some travel experiences however are lasting and make me reflect upon questions and insights I cannot forget and do not want to forget.
A contract of EDUCULT with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) by financial investor George Soros has brought me to Central Asia – a part of the world, I have to admit it self-ashamedly, I have hardly ever noticed before. Our task was the evaluation of the Arts & Culture Program of OSF. By this, we had the chance to talk to a number of artists and learned what it means to create art in this region and to invite local people to engage with the arts.
EDUCULT IN ACTION
Open Office 2012
Come and celebrate with us the venia legendi (habilitation) of EDUCULTs´ director Michael Wimmer acquired for cultural policy research at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Everyone is invited to our office on 18 October.
Evaluation of the on-site consulting teams
The Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media has chosen EDUCULT for the evaluation of the pilot phase of the project “on-site consultancy to optimize the education work in museums and other cultural institutions”. The on-site consultants have the task of supporting museums and other cultural institutions permanently funded by the Federal Republic of Germany in optimizing their education work according to their own demand. The Federal Academy of Cultural Education Wolfenbüttel is responsible for the project. We are looking forward to working with all parties involved!
Evaluation of the Open Society Foundations’ Arts and Culture Program
The evaluation of the Arts and Culture Program is finished. During the project, we had the chance to meet and interview fascinating people, who are working in arts and cultural projects aimed at fostering societal development – is it in Central Asia, Hungary, or Slovakia. The project left a lasting impression – not only in terms of professional development.
PISA Complementary Survey
What pupils perceive as culture has little to do with their lives. This is one of the major results of our analysis on “How students perceive and use cultural offerings”. The whole text is part of the complementary PISA surveys in Austria which have now been published in a comprehensive volume (in German) at Waxmann.
AEMS – Arts Education Monitoring System
The AEMS project currently investigates the social and economic situation of educators in cultural institutions. As instrument two questionnaires have been developed which will be tested and presented in the national context of the project partners. The aim is to sustainable implement the instrument in several countries, monitoring the development of educators in the cultural sector.
KONNEX – Mentors for young people with migration history
The association Wirtschaft für Integration asked EDUCULT to organise the new project „KONNEX“. Former participants of “SAG’S MULTI!” could apply for the mentoring program. The program aims at sustainably networking with the participants and winners and fostering young talent. An experienced mentor from the economy, politics, media or arts and culture accompanies the mentee over one year.
“SAG’S MULTI!” 2012/13
Since 2009/10 EDUCULT and Wirtschaft für Integration organise the multilingual rhetoric contest “Sag’s Multi!”. About 300 pupils with migration background mix their fist language and German each year. They had to convince the professional jury about their language skills and content about several topics. Till 11 November youth with a multi lingual background from all over Austria are called to register
Salon of Cultures – Interferencias 2012
Interferencias is a platform created in 2010. It consists of 26 young contemporary dancers and choreographers, performers, theoreticians and musicians from 12 different countries on 4 different continents. This group of artists interacts with local communities and the surrounding as “artistic research happening”. EDUCULT invites to the next performance on the October 11, from 7 pm 19:00, at the EDUCULT location.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE
European Audiences: 2020 and beyond
Michael Wimmer will participate in the conference hold by the European Commission, which will provide inspirational examples of audience development by cultural organisations and foster European exchange of practice on audience development strategies. “Creative Europe”, the Commission’s proposal for its future funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors for the period 2014-2020, proposes an important new focus on audience development in order to foster long-term audiences for European cultural works.
Conference NECE 21-24 November 2012, Córdoba/Spain
The NECE Conference in Córdoba will address current phenomena concerning democracy and participation in the face of worldwide processes of change. The developments in the Arab world after the “Arab Spring” in 2011 and the crisis of the EU will be the focus of attention. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for dialogue and exchange between scientists, practitioners of citizenship and human rights education, governmental and non-governmental institutions from Europe and Arabic countries in transition.
Reseo: Autumn Conference GENERATIONS, 18 – 20 October, Warsaw/Poland
The autumn conference will focus on intergenerational projects in opera and dance aiming to exchange and discuss projects and new technics which are developed throughout Europe.
TED-Ed: Lessons worth sharing
The new platform for sharing good lessons in video format aims to support teachers by the best educators of the world. Lessons are available in several categories including the Arts.
ACEnet meeting 2012, 10 – 12 October, Ghent/Belgium
The Arts Culture and Education Network meeting with participants of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, The Nederlands and the European Commission will be held in Belgium to discuss the further development and cooperation of the network.