Newsletter EDUCULT 1/2016
Dear friends and partners of EDUCULT,
welcome to our newsletter informing about developments and events in arts, education and cultural policy and EDUCULT projects.
EDUCULT IN ACTION provides current information on our projects.
EDUCULT TALKS introduces people with diverse backgrounds.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE informs about international exchange and co-operations.
EDUCULT INFORMS about international affairs, projects and meetings.
Down with this culture! Long live the arts!
The political landscape is fundamentally changing. More and more countries are facing challenges connected to right-wing-activism. In many different countries, be it France, Italy, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland or Austria, nationalist right-wing parties gain influence. They all reject the political project called Europe and strive to restrict civil rights.
EDUCULT IN ACTION
Development of an impact-oriented evaluation concept
„Culture works“: Presentation of the evaluation concept with EDUCULT participation: On 4 February, the Goethe-Institut presented the concept on the impact-oriented evaluation of its culture and cultural education programmes. The presentation was followed by a discussion with high-ranking representatives of politics and culture. EDUCULT has been intensively involved in the concept development between 2013-2015. Evaluations of Goethe-Institut programmes and projects carried out by EDUCULT are listed as reference projects. At the presentation in February, EDUCULT was represented by Anke Schad as co-author of the evaluation concept.
School INCLUSIVE Cultural Education
The Strategic Regio-Partnership is dealing with questions on the implementation of cultural education in schools, both from the perspective of structures and practice. The partnership involves schools, school administrators and cultural institutions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland (as associated partner). EDUCULT is the scientific partner.
Learning in, with, and through culture
After two years of learning in, with and through the arts our research project has come to an end. Results and experiences of the joint adventure of scientists, pupils, teachers, mediators and artists are presented in a final report in German which is available for download. We are looking forward to further discussions on the topic of cultural competences.
“SAG’S MULTI!“ Multilingual Speech Competition 2015/16
This year the multilingual rhetoric contest for Austria „SAG’S MULTI!“ takes places for the seventh time. The contest was launched by “Wirtschaft für Integration” and aims at showing the potential of multilingualism to a broad public and encourage the youth. In February 93 finalists will be on stage in the third round. And on 7th of March 2016 the 15 winners of “SAG’S MULTI!“ 2015/16 will be celebrated at the closing ceremony at the townhall of the City of Vienna.
EDUCULT Talks: with Johnny Mhanna
Johnny Mhanna is 24 years old and originally from Syria. He fled his homeland since he would have been forced to fight in the civil war. In this war he had already lost his father, who disappeared under the Assad regime.
Johnny performed in several theatre- and movie productions in Syria and in Lebanon before he came to Austria in August 2015. He now works as a professional actor in Austria as well. To this day he smells the same perfume on stage that he had noticed the first time he went to the theatre when he was eight years old: For him, theatre smells like freedom.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE
International Conference "Mind the Gap – Social Inequality and Cultural Policy"
On 22 April 2016 the University of Applied Arts Vienna will host the international conference “Mind the Gap – Social Inequality“. It represents a follow-up of the conferences "Peripherie.Macht.Kulturpolitik", "Cultural Policies in Cities" und "Reinventing Cultural Policy? Kulturpolitik und Good Governance". The role of the cultural scene and cultural policy in the context of growing social inequality in current European societies will be discussed. Michael Wimmer is responsible for the concept for this conference and will also moderate through the event.
Voices of Culture
Voices of Culture ? Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector provides a framework for discussions between EU civil society stakeholders and the European Commission with regard to culture. It aims to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the cultural sector in policy debates on culture at European level, while encouraging it to work in a more collaborative way. Two themes, “Developing The Entrepreneurial And Innovation Potential Of The Cultural And Creative Sectors” and “Promoting Intercultural Dialogue And Bringing Communities Together Through Culture In Shared Public Spaces” will be discussed in February and March 2016. Michael Wimmer will join both discussions in Berlin and Barcelona.
3rd International Teaching Artists Conference
The ITAC3 Conference from 3rd to 5th August 2016 in Edinburgh brings together artists, organisations, funders and researchers from all over the world to explore key issues relating to participatory arts practice through an inspiring mix of curated conversations, practical workshops, keynote speeches, seminars and round-table discussions. The ITAC3 Programme Committee is currently seeking proposals from the global community that reflect the best thinking and practice in participatory arts/teaching artistry, informed by theory, research, and projects in the field. The deadline for proposals is Monday 22nd February.
Creative Alliances for Europe
A report – prepared by BKJ (Germany) and CCE (England) and funded by Stiftung Mercator – explores how the reach and impact of creative and cultural education in Europe can be improved, how creative and cultural education can strengthen our understanding of the value of Europe and how we can improve capacity in Europe for working collaboratively.