Newsletter EDUCULT 3/2016
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.
We all have to return to Reims or why otherwise the right-wing can succeed
There is a black & white photograph of me as a ten year old boy. I stand with my grandparents in front of their shared-garden plot shed on the outskirts of Vienna. The photography captures their poor living conditions. My grandparents first met in Vienna as so-called "Bettgeher”. They came from small villages in Upper Austria and Burgenland to work in the Austrian capital. Their weekly wages couldn’t cover rent for a private room, so they had to share a bed with other young professionals – one slept there during the day, the other at night. Later they were able to rent their own apartment, but it was destroyed during the Second World War. So they moved to an shared-garden plot area, where they stayed until their death. For me their garden was a special place of love and security; I participated in my grandparent’s strictly regulated daily routine and helped with the gardening work, but it was also a place of comfort and celebration (…)
EDUCULT IN ACTION
Salon of Cultures – „In and Out Culture. And in between?“
EDUCULT extends an invitation to the symposium “In and Out Culture. And in between?,” which is part of the “Salon of Cultures” series, at the University of Applied Art Vienna. Through this event on 1st of December, we hope to exchange ideas with artists, institutions, academics, and cultural policy-makers about the state of the interaction between domestic and foreign culture. With our guests we will discuss the emergence and disappearance of borders, the added value and the challenges of transnational projects and programs, and about trans-cultural cooperation.
Evaluation of the programme „CrossCulture Internships“
The programme “CrossCulture Internships” provides internships of two to three months for young professionals and volunteers of countries in the Islamic world and Germany. They get the possibility to improve their professional as well as their intercultural and socio-political competences. The programme is open for staff of organisations in the fields of knowledge society and education, culture and art, media, economy and development cooperation, international politics and civic education, legal dialogue, justice and human rights as well as environmental science. The ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) in Stuttgart operates the programme since 2005 with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. EDUCULT was commissioned with the evaluation of the project.
Multilingual rhetoric contest „SAG’S MULTI!” 2016/17
This year the multilingual rhetoric contest "SAG’S MULTI!" takes place for the eighth 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. For the upcoming contest the participants can hold speeches to the topic "Think out loud!". Until the 24th of October teachers may register their multilingual students.
Evaluation of a Swiss Foundation
Our partner organisation Drew Wylie has invited EDUCULT to participate in evaluating the activities of the Drosos Foundation, based in Zurich/Switzerland, which aims to enable “disadvantaged people to live a life of dignity“. Its multifaceted activities are mainly addressed at young people not only in Switzerland and Germany, but also in Mediterranean countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco. EDUCULT is assigned to evaluate projects in the German-speaking countries.
Arts Education in Kosovo
Our partner interarts as well as Culture Action Europe have invited EDUCULT to participate in the Culture for All Programme of the Kosovo. The aim of the programme is to define priorities in the area of culture education in order to support the development of an overall governmental strategy for cultural policy. Specifically, the current relevance of arts and culture inside the education system of Kosovo is analysed. EDUCULT has been invited to attend a series of workshops with representatives of the Kosovo arts and cultural scene as well as the cultural ministry. From 21-22 September another regional conference took place where the new governmental strategy for cultural policy will be presented and discussed.
work::sounds – How does the working world sound? 2016/17
From October 2016 to May 2017 EDUCULT and the Chamber of Workers and Employees Vienna (AK Wien) offer the project "work::sounds" for the fifth time for schools combining music education, aesthetic research and professional orientation. Pupils of vocational schools are invited to participate in order to investigate different workplaces. The aim of the threepart workshop format is besides professional orientation the stimulation of individual creativity and teamwork. Aesthetic research and creative action inspire the young people to form a critical positions of the working conditions in their special field.
BASF audience survey 2016
BASF SE, a German chemistry concern located in Ludwigshafen, offers over 60 performances in the context of its cultural programme every year. The main venue is the BASF Feierabendhaus in Ludwigshafen. Music is the most important artistic form of expression in the programme. In addition, the fields of dance, fine arts, film and photography are also supported as sponsoring or cooperation projects. In the second half of 2016 EDUCULT is conducting an audience survey for BASF SE and its captive cultural programme. The goal is to generate information about the audience and informative basis for the development of the captive cultural programme.
EDUCULT Talks: with Osama Zatar
Osama Zatar was born in Ramallah/ Palestine in 1980. Insurmountable obstacles in the conflict between Israel and Palestine made a life with his Israeli wife Jasmin Avissar impossible in his home country. After a brief time in Germany, they made their way to Austria, where Osama Zatar was invited to the exhibition ‘’Overlapping Voices: Israeli and Palestinian artists’’ at the ESSL Museum. He studied sculpture under Paul Taylor and completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2014 in Heimo Zobernig’s class. Most recently his work could be seen in the exhibit ‘’Borders Adel Dauood/ Osama Zatar’’ in the ARTEMONS Contemporary Galerie in Linz. He is active as a curator at Café Prosa in Vienna and in the networking of a community of refugee artists.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE
Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum 2016
On 24th and 25th October 2016 the Mediterranean Forum 2016 of the Anna Lindh Foundation will take place in Valletta, Malta. It is the region’s largest civil society gathering and most influential event of its kind for intercultural dialogue. Against the backdrop of unprecedented regional challenges, and on the eve of the Maltese EU Presidency which has "Mediterranean Dialogue" as a central policy theme, this year's forum will be a central process to accelerate and scale-up the impact of intercultural action across the Euro-Med region. EDUCULT-Director Michael Wimmer has been selected to participate as an international delegate for the Mediterranean Forum 2016.
ACA Annual Conference 2016
This year’s ACA Annual Conference from 20th to 22nd November in the city of Budapest bears the title „UniverCities. Higher education institutions and their habitat“. The event will explore the relationship between universities and colleges and the cities, towns and regions where they are located. The conference is expected to draw an audience of some 300 participants, including central actors and decision-makers from universities and colleges as well as policy-makers and practitioners from government departments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, municipalities, enterprises and think tanks.
New website of ENO (European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education)
The European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO), founded 2015 in Berlin, connects knowledge centres in European countries. It aims to facilitate the exchange of research findings and innovative practice, to stimulate new research in arts and cultural education and to support the development of arts education within the framework of global UNESCO-policies and guidelines for education, culture and sustainable development. ENO offers an international forum to exchange, discuss and renew research-based knowledge on arts and cultural education. The new website intends to become a valuable European platform for the exchange of research findings and innovative practice in this field.
“Engage Audiences”– Study on Audience Development
“Study on audience development – How to place audiences at the centre of cultural organisations” is a study by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, together with Culture Action Europe, ECCOM and Intercult, as a consortium, developed in the framework of the Creative Europe programme. The aim of the study is to provide successful approaches and methods in the area of audience development to be disseminated among European cultural organisations. They will also be used as a basis for selection criteria in future calls for proposals launched by the Creative Europe programme. At ArtLab16 preliminary results of the analysis of audience development strategies and practices of 30 cultural organisations have been shared with a wider audience. The study will be completed by the end of 2016.
Conference "Crossing Borders. Migration and Citizenship Education in Europe" (NECE)
From 10-12 November 2016 the Networking European Citizenship Education (NECE) holds their next conference in Zagreb, Croatia. Against the background of a global "refugee crisis" deeply affecting the state of the European Union and its neighbours, NECE 2016 will aim at two areas: Firstly, they will look at the ongoing European response to the issue of migration including the divisions within and between European societies. Secondly the conference will discuss how citizenship education should react to the polarising debate and the controversies about migration, diversity and identity. NECE 2016 will offer a rich variety of lectures, workshops, and open formats/spaces. Participants are invited to actively prepare and invest in the conference.
Global Arts Management Fellowship (University of Maryland)
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management’s global arts management Fellowship provides personalized training and support for current executives from around the world. The program is offered free of charge to arts managers from across the United States and around the world. Since 2001, the Fellowship has served over 200 managers from 56 countries. Fellows attend a four-week residency in Washington, D.C. each summer for three consecutive years and receive ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies. Applicants must currently serve as an executive or department head within an arts or cultural organization and have a minimum of five years working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization. Applications are due December 1, 2016.