Dear colleagues, partners and friends of EDUCULT,
our last English newsletter was still written in the belief that we would have a quite usual year and we could go on with our work as planned. We were deeply wrong. The pandemic changed nearly all of our project plans. Luckily, we could find solutions for implementing some of them despite being limited in so many aspects.
Today, we can say that our research work nearly reached the former level of activity – perhaps a bit less travelling as before and more online meetings, but that’s it. It is different with our cultural projects. Here, we still must deal with restrictions, especially in terms of our school projects and the travel possibilities from non-EU countries, so that the Summer Academy Vienna is not going to happen in a physical setting. How we dealt with other projects you can see below. We are happy to share some developments and hope that you could and can also find possibilities to realize your own projects in one way or another.
All the best for a good summer!
Your EDUCULT Team
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Help, they took away our audience!
Concerning a possible new relationship between artists and the public after the end of the pandemic
The cultural sector is suffering, cry for help follows cry for help. And there is no end of worries in sight. Following the government’s decision to ban all public events until further notice, the ground was effectively pulled out from underneath, especially for smaller artistic initiatives. And in one fell swoop, the central importance of a (paying) public became clear, whilst maintaining the cultural sector’s right to exist. [read more]
EDUCULT in Action
During the first months of the SoPHIA project, EDUCULT and project partners analysed existing impact assessment models in the area of cultural heritage. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, a second meeting of the project consortium could not take place. A first workshop with stakeholders will be implemented digitally on June 25 and July 1. In the meantime, the project website went online. [read more]
“SAG’S MULTI!” – Multilingual Rhetoric Contest
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the final round was held digitally this year. Despite the event ban, the finalists were given the opportunity to share their thoughts with a newly written speech via video chat. The jury chose this year’s winners in several rounds of videoconferences. The award ceremony was broadcast live on June 15th at 6 pm and can still be watched on YouTube and Facebook. [read more]
work::sounds – How does the working world sound?
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, our music education project “work::sounds – How does the world of work sound?” for the vocational orientation of students in technical education could be partially implemented. After the introductory workshops with the participating HTL school classes, we organised four video interviews between students, participating companies and EDUCULT. Students were able to interview OKTO TV, s IT Solutions, IT Design and Austro Control. These videos are now available on our website. [read more]
Due to the travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the planned further training course on “International Cooperation” could not be held in Budapest. It will now be held in an online format from 22 to 30 June 2020. The course will present the contents of previous research and project work and offer the international participants assistance in planning and implementing international cooperation. EDUCULT is dedicated to project design, monitoring and evaluation. [read more]
In May 2020 EDUCULT was commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Cairo to evaluate the “Scientific Storytelling” project. The main focus of the evaluation is the influence of the project on science journalists in the region. In view of the current situation, all planned survey steps must take place virtually. We are looking forward to work once again with the Goethe-Institut Cairo. [read more]
Phoebe Violet hails from Costa Rica and came to Austria with her family as a teenager. EDUCULT spoke with the young violinist and singer about her life, her career as a musician and about cultural politics in Costa Rica and Austria. [read more]
EDUCULT in Exchange
In May 2020 EDUCULT participated in the second partner meeting of the ERASMUS+ project AER-V. Due to travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 crisis, the meeting could not take place in Ancona as planned, but was held in digital form. AER-V is the follow-up project to the international development project FIRST and aims to support the recognition and validation of the knowledge, skills and competences of international project managers working in civil society organisations in the field of adult education. [read more]
Joint Submission – Austrian League of Human Rights
The Austrian League of Human Rights held a press conference about the joint submission which they coordinated, with the participation of 250 civil society organisations – including EDUCULT. The press conference was broadcast live on facebook. The statement was publically released and is available as a pdf in German and English. [read more]
The University of Applied Arts Vienna is committed to counteracting the production conditions in the arts and cultural sectors, which are massively restricted by the current situation. The Angewandte Festival 2020 will therefore take place and focus on alternative exhibition venues in digital and public space. The Angewandte Festival will take place 23-26 June 2020, in digital as well as public spaces and will present the manifold activities of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. [more information]
Feinart ESR Recruitment: Call for Applications
The Zeppelin University has released a Call for Applications for various PhD projects in the fields of empirical social sciences, Europe, cultural policy/cultural funding, and arts. Successful applicants will receive a full-time employment contract with a competitive salary for 36 months. Eligible candidates should hold a Masters degree in the fields of art history, philosophy, curating, arts administration, social science, artistic research/practice or cultural studies. Also, applicants should be in their first four years of their research careers and should not have spent more than 12 months in Germany. Deadline: 30 June 2020. [read more]
Call for Papers: 5. Kulturvermittlungssymposium St. Pölten
For the 5th Symposium for cultural education/cultural mediation on 21 & 29 January 2021 in St. Pölten, the hosts “NÖKO-Gruppe” and “Kultur.Region.Niederösterreich” invite the submittal of papers on the topic: “Challenge accepted! Re-thinking cultural education/mediation”. [read more]
16th ELIA Biennial (Digital) Conference
The ELIA Biennial Conference has become an unmissable event in the Higher Arts Education calendar, providing an exclusive opportunity for arts professionals and practitioners to come together, share knowledge and stay connected. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online from 18-21 November 2020. This year’s theme „Expanding the Arts“ couldn’t be more relevant as the participants get to grips with new ideas, ways of working and engaging with one another. [details & registration]
Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research
ELIA has presented the Vienna Declaration, a Policy Paper advocating for the full recognition of Artistic Research across Europe. More than one year ago, the main organisations and transnational networks dealing with Artistic Research at the European level and beyond decided to join forces to increase the visibility and recognition of this strand of research. The Vienna Declaration, co-written by AEC, Cilect / GEECT, Culture Action Europe, Cumulus, EAAE, ELIA, EPARM, EQ-ARTS, MusiQuE and SAR, is the first outcome of this important collaboration. The initiative is open to the involvement of other international organisations proving legitimate interest. [read more]
CULTURE ACTION EUROPE Petition: European Council Meeting
Despite its historic relevance, the revised Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposal presented by the European Commission on 27 May involves the reduction of the funding for Creative Europe the only EU programme dedicated to culture. CULTURE ACTION EUROPE is carrying out a petition, which they presented at the European Council meeting on 19 June. [sign the petition]
Emergency fund for freelancing and self-employed artists in Austria
The Austrian government has announced a bridging fund for self-employed artists in the amount of €90 million to supplement existing measures in the arts and culture sector. This fund will provide an estimated 15 thousand artists with €1,000 for six months, probably starting from July 1. According to IG Kultur (Interest Group Culture, Austria), it is to be expected that only artists who are insured with the social insurance for the self-employed (SVS) will be able to benefit from this fund, as the payment is planned to be handled by the SVS. [read more]