Newsletter three 2021
Dear friends and partners of EDUCULT,
We were always researching it, but now we have experienced it first hand: Implementing physical events in times of Covid-19 is no fun at all. A fortnight ago, our long-running Salon der Kulturen series took place at the MuseumsQuartier, with people once again on location. It included a panel discussion, two stand-up comedians and the vernissage of three female artists, all focused on the theme of art and language. This required a well-organised admission regime, masks during the event, and, unfortunately, prevented us from having an open buffet. Nevertheless, we are glad that a piece togetherness could be felt.
Projects that want to create a physical social space are having an especially hard time at the moment, as we know. We are all the more impressed by large-scale projects that once again allow audiences and participants on site and in some cases achieve remarkable things. For example, the Foyer Public at Theater Basel opened for a few weeks before the summer break. This had actually been planned for the start of the season in autumn 2020. Now it has finally become reality. Although the number of visitors is still limited, it is open to the city community. Dance activities, theatre groups, hip-hoppers, older and younger people, workers and coffee drinkers come together. It is a statement. It wanted to create a community space even before the pandemic, which today seems even more urgently needed. “Vermittlung” becomes a game changer.
It seems a stroke of luck that now, for the first time, the Vienna State Opera is also ending a season with convincing mediation projects created in cooperation with community arts organisations. The young people involved speak of how participation in the project has brought them optimistically through the period of isolation and saved them from despair. We have not had such good evidence of the social impact of community arts activities for a long time. For those of us who research and evaluate such projects, criteria also emerge as to what constitutes good projects and what conditions exist for such effects to unfold. These factors should be strengthened—now more than ever.
Have a good summer!
Your EDUCULT Team
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It’s Me, Your Non-Visitor
How do you feel when you are addressed as a typical “non-visitor”? Are you missing something, do you feel deficient, do you feel addressed at all? Or are you actually proud of it? However you feel about this attribution, as a non-visitor you are in good company. You share this label with the vast majority of the population. [read more]
EDUCULT in Action
The project aims to support adults from socio-economically disadvantaged communities through activities and concepts of urban arts education. As a first step, a survey was conducted inviting cultural educators, artists and others to share their perspectives on urban arts education, urban marginalisation and language. A standardised questionnaire, interviews and focus groups will be used to gather insights on which further project activities will be based. [click here for the survey] [read more]
EDUCULT has been leading the current working package of the SoPHIA research project since September 2020. A central part of this work step was the virtual SoPHIA Stakeholder Conference, which brought together around 240 experts from 54 countries over two days: researchers, practitioners and political decision-makers. Representatives of the Austrian case studies – the MuseumsQuartier Wien and the Jewish Cemetery Währing – were also present at the conference and presented their examples to an international audience. The findings from the conference will be incorporated into the development of the SoPHIA impact assessment model. [read more]
Digital Exhibit Salon of Cultures “Wos host g’sogt?”
In the frame of Salon of Cultures Ukrainian painter Oksana Zmiyevska, Israeli photographer Inbal Volpo and Chinese visual artist Yun Wang engaged in artistic discourse and presented their works. At the vernissage, Syrian artist Saad al Ghefari and Hungarian comedian Tamas Vamos also shared stand-up comedy with the audience. The exhibit is curated by Osama Zatar. [read more]
The Schalom Aleikum project was initiated by the Central Council of Jews in Germany and has been implemented since June 2019. The accompanying evaluation of the Schalom Aleikum 2021 project began in the form of a kick-off meeting in April. Building on the results of previous years, EDUCULT has started to conduct interviews with participants and to analyze the content of the media reports and the project publications. [read more]
Theatre Basel – Foyer Public
On May 15, Foyer Public launched its first public test phase. The Foyer Public team is now applying the jointly developed evaluation tools. In combination with interviews by EDUCULT we will conduct a co-creative analysis. We are already looking forward to the first results. [read more]
After the kick-off of the evaluation in March 2021, three elementary schools were selected that take part in the Sesam project. The project implementation will be analyzed using the example of these schools in the coming months. Initial interviews were conducted with the school administrators of these schools. [read more]
The photographer and artist Reem Jarbou is originally from Saudi Arabia and lives and works in Vienna. Between December 2020 and June 2021, some of her works were on display in the exhibition “Roots: Origin and Appearance” as part of the “Salon of Cultures” series at EDUCULT, which can still be visited digitally on our website. She spoke with EDUCULT about her work as an Arab artist, the past exhibition, and her life in Vienna. The interview is available in its original Arabic, as well as in German and English. [read more]
EDUCULT in Exchange
On 25th and 26th of June the initiative D/Arts has been launched. D/Arts aims to support increased diversity in the Viennese cultural sector by creating a broad platform and network of actors from the field. EDUCULT has already been in exchange with the initiators of D/Arts in the weeks before the launch. At the Kick-off event at the Kulturhaus Brotfabrik in which representatives from various institutions and initiatives as well as different artists participated, Angela Wieser was also present. The fruitful and stimulating discussions at the event pointed at the need to have more specific data on diversity in the cultural sector and develop a common manifesto that summarizes the demands of the D/Arts initiative. [read more]
Horizon Europe – Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Society
Under the Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe, Cluster 2 ‘Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Societies’ focuses on challenges related to democratic governance, cultural heritage and the creative economy, as well as social and economic transformations. This Horizon Europe Info day on July 1st 2021 will be open for participation without prior registration. [read more]
ALF Intercultural Trends Report
The Anna Lindh Foundation’s Intercultural Trends Report 2020 summarises the results of the fourth survey on intercultural trends in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The report analyses the trends influencing intercultural relations in the Euromed region and is particularly intended to serve as a reference for the work of policy makers, civil society organisations and the media. Read more in the report. A graphical representation of the key findings can be found here. [read more]
Call for Papers: Global learning in postcolonial times? New perspectives of arts and cultural education
The international ENO conference “Global learning in postcolonial times? New perspectives of arts and cultural education” on October 20th-22nd 2021 in Remscheid/Germany focuses on “global learning” as a perspective on education that aims to take a ‘global’, i.e. holistic, multi-dimensional and comprehensive view of teaching rather than a fragmented, particular or discipline-specific way. The deadline for indication of interest to participate and for abstract submissions is July 2nd 2021. [read more]
Paper “Digitalization in/and Arts Education”
The paper about ENO survey on “Digitalization in/and Arts Education – Opinions and Perceptions from European and Latin American Arts Education Experts” was published by Teunis IJdens (Independent researcher / Visiting researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen) in April 2021. [read more]
Invitation for next Dance Festival / Competition in Barcelona 2022
The 2022 Easter Spring Time Dance World Championship in Spain for Dance Schools, Companies and Groups from all over is ready to welcome your dance group to BE PROTAGONIST by performing dance activities in selected Theaters, with all the prerequisites for Your artistic success. [read more]