Dear colleagues, partners and friends of EDUCULT,
with the second lockdown in 2020 due to the raise of COVID-19 cases in Austria, we were prepared to go into our home offices this Tuesday. We could not imagine that there could be even a more dangerous situation why we would all stay at home that day. The terroristic attack that kept Vienna in suspense has shocked us.
We are very thankful for all the expressions of solidarity we received from our European partners of the current international projects we are involved in. Also at the ENO conference held by the Latvian Academy of Culture this Tuesday, we felt that we are not alone in our shock – not understanding why Vienna should not stay this “island of the blessed” which did not experience a bigger terroristic attack as other European capitals did in the last years. It might show us that Vienna has never been such an island – and it shows us that we should have done more to avoid such incidents.
We believe in the force of arts and cultural education as a mean to contribute to social development processes by addressing the individuals, knowing that this requires certain qualities of cultural education. More than ever this field has to be strengthened, to be researched, and to be politically supported to make a change in society on a long run. If we continue like before, we won’t reach this aim. What is about the inclusion of marginalized groups in arts education offers? What is about bringing together different groups of society? What is about cultural heritage, projects and programmes having a real impact in ecological and societal aspects?
We want to contribute to these questions so that we can finally answer them with “yes, that is all reality”. Our current projects are at least a small contribution. A selection is presented in this newsletter together with other activities and information.
Stay strong in these unbelievable times,
Your EDUCULT team
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.
On the creeping deflation of culture
The Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft Oberösterreich hosted its annual reception with the title “Courage in Culture”. The organizers did not allow themselves to be intimidated by the tightened event restrictions, but decided on a hybrid format, in which personal encounters between SPÖ politicians and artists would be possible. [read more]
EDUCULT in Action
Salon of Cultures: Discussion “Culture and Refugees”
This year’s Salon of Cultures discussion event on November 25th 2020 focuses on how cultural institutions approach the topic of “refuge.” This includes the representation of refugees and artistic portrayal of migration in the cultural sphere in Vienna, as well as the integration and relevance of artists with refugee background to Vienna’s art scene. Due to the restrictions for events with an audience, the discussion will take place via Zoom/Facebook/Youtube. [read more]
EDUCULT has been leading the current working package of the SoPHIA research project since September 2020. In this phase of reserach, the developed impact assessment model is tested using case studies in all project partner countries. In Austria, the MuseumsQuartier Vienna and the Jewish cemetery in Währing are expected to function as examples of developments in cultural heritage sites. It will be analysed what effects these interventions have and whether the developed model is applicable. [read more]
SAG’S MULTI! 2020/21 – Multilingual Rhetoric Contest
The multilingual rhetoric contest „SAG’S MULTI!“ has now been taken on by the ORF with continued organizational support from EDUCULT. The registration phase has begun and will continue until November 22. Due to COVID-19, parts of the competition will be run virtually. Participation in the preliminary and main rounds will take place through video submissions of speeches. Just the final round in April of 2021 is planned to take place in front of an audience and jury in the ORF studio. [read more]
In October 2020 the two-year project BOOST – Social Inclusion in Amateur Arts and Voluntary Culture starts and instead of travelling to Copenhagen, the kick-off meeting took place virtually due to the COVID-19 situation. There the individual project phases were presented and discussed intensively and the next steps were planned. Now the baseline survey is being prepared and will be conducted in the next months. [read more]
Theatre for Young Audiences Frankfurt/Main
With the presentation of the utilization and operation concept to the political steering committee in September 2020, the intensive period of concept development came to an end. Over the summer, many actors were involved in the development and the project team completed the text work. EDUCULT would like to thank all participants for their dedicated support in this process. Now it is up to the political decision-makers, the architects, and the future team of the new theatre for young audiences to make the project a reality in the coming years. [read more]
ONLINE Summer Academy of Kobe University/Japan 2020
From 9 to 15 September 2020, eight students from Kobe University/Faculty of Global Human Sciences took part in the ONLINE Summer Academy in Vienna, where they dealt with the topic “Culture in Times of COVID-19: Challenges for cultural management and cultural policy in demographically and politically changing environments”. EDUCULT was commissioned with the programming and organisation of the Summer Academy and offered the students practice-oriented content through a diverse selection of speakers and virtual visits to institutions. [read more]
Sami Ajouri was born in Syria in 1980 and studied sculpting at the University of Fine Arts in Damascus. In 2006 he moved to Vienna and in 2011 obtained a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts with a focus on printmaking. His works have been exhibited in many cities in both eastern and western Europe, as well as in Lebanon and Damascus. Sami Ajouri displayed several of his pieces in an exhibit entitled “Auflösung_Dissolution” hosted by EDUCULT from December 2019 to October 2020 as part of its Salon of Cultures program. [read more]
EDUCULT in Exchange
European Conference: “International cooperation. How to start it well?”
EDUCULT participated in the European final conference “International cooperation. How to start it well?” of the FIRST Network in the Abbey of Tyniec (near Krakow in Poland). The aim of the conference was to intensify the two-year cooperation of the five partner organizations, to present the results and to open the network in order to strengthen the international networking of civil society actors in the field of adult education. Due to the travel restrictions in the course of COVID-19 the event took place both on site and virtually. [read more]
ENO Conference: “The Impact of Arts and Cultural Education”
On November 3 the international day of the international scientific conference “Culture Crossroads” was be dedicated to the topic “The Impact of Arts and Cultural Education: Arguments and Evidence”. Aron Weigl moderated Session 2 and also spoke “On the Impact of Assessment. Applied Research on Arts Education Programmes as a Tool for Development”. The conference was streamed online on the Youtube and Facebook profiles of the Latvian Academy of Culture, partner in ENO Latvia and can be viewed there.
ELIA Biennial (Digital) Conference
ELIA is a globally connected European network that provides a dynamic platform for exchange and development in higher arts education. From 17-20 November 2020 ELIA Biennal (Digital) Conference offers four full days of experiential conversation, workshops, walk-shops, online performances and over 40 interactive presentations and breakouts, harnessing the power of transdisciplinarity. [read more]
ANOTHER ARTWORLD: “Manifestations and Conditions of Equity in Visual Arts”
The conference “Another Artworld: Manifestations and Conditions of Equity in Visual Arts” on 3 – 4 December 2020 in Belgrade, aims to initiate discussion on principles of democratic governance and decision-making models in the field of visual arts, as a topic that has been neglected in the public and scientific discourse, with the desire to broaden knowledge and consider possibilities of its implementation. [read more]
ENO Poland Brochure: “Why Do We Need Cultural Institutions?”
“People are a special kind of animal – they less adapt to the world than adapt to the reality they them-selves create. This reality is culture.” The Małopolska Institute of Culture in Krakow (member of ENO Poland) published with author Marek Krajewski (sociologist and scholar of contemporary culture and art) “a brochure to stimulate the mind”. [read more]