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.
Sustainability versus Resilience – About the Role of Arts Education in the Hopes for Sustainable Development
“Even in the camp of those believing in continual progress, one begins to understand that chaos is the rule of which the order is the most unlikely of the exceptions.” (Peter Sloterdijk)
In 2015, heads of state, government leaders, UN high level representatives and civil society adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in total. They reach from fighting hunger and poverty to equality and partnerships. As up to now cultural development is not mentioned explicitly, the newly established European Network on Arts Education Research ENO, which is based on a number of UNESCO observatories throughout the world, recently met in Porto/Portugal and discussed if and in which way arts education can contribute to the idea of global sustainable development.
EDUCULT IN ACTION
Since October 2017, EDUCULT has been part of the implementation of the Erasmus+-project “BRIDGING – Bridging Social Capital by Participatory and Co-Creative Culture“, together with eight other partner organisations from six other project countries, namely Denmark, the UK, Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia and the Netherlands. On October 16 and 17 the kick-off partner meeting will be held in Copenhagen, launching the start of the project and its implementation.
Transculturality at University
The project started with a kick-off meeting in Vienna in July 2017 and is in the phase of developing the survey instruments. First interviews will be held and the student survey is in preparation. EDUCULT is looking forward to working further on with the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz.
SAG’S MULTI! Multilingual Rhetoric Contest
This year the multilingual rhetoric contest „SAG’S MULTI!“ is going to take place for the ninth time. The contest was launched by “Wirtschaft für Integration” and aims at showing the potential of multilingualism to a broad public and encourage young people to show their language skills and their ability to give a speech. Heather Painter, who completed a Fulbright program at EDUCULT wrote the article “ ’SAG’S MULTI!’: languages open hearts. Speech contest connects dots between students, multilingualism, and integration” (fee-required), published in the European journal “Intercultural Education” in September.
School INCLUSIVE Cultural Education
The EU-project School INCLUSIVE Cultural Education (Schule INKLUSIVE Kulturelle Bildung) came to an end and we are happy to share the outcomes with you. Based on the experiences gained through the project, practical guidelines were created that aim to assist practitioners to implement projects of arts educations in schools. In addition to that, a modular concept of advanced training for teachers and practitioners of arts education was prepared. Further Information can also be found at the website of the project.
EDUCULT Talks: with Monika Piorkowska
During an interesting discussion with Educult, Polish artist Monika Piorkowska, who has been working and living in Vienna since 2003, talked about her personal and artistic background, her career as an artist and her current exhibition. We also talked about the ongoing process of political change in terms of understanding democracy in Europe, the interpretation and responsibility of the notion of „home“, and how art and culture contribute to shaping socio-political values and topics.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE
Momentum Congress, October 19-22, Hallstatt, Austria
The aim of the congress is to connect economy, politics and practice. Every year about 250 scientists, politically active people, students and persons working in various civic fields, work together at the Momentum Congress in Hallstatt. They discuss issues like distributive justice, digital democracy, new forms of work, migration development and the advancement of the educational- and health care system. In this context, Michael Wimmer will present his paper about the notion of culture, our colleague Veronika Ehm will talk about her research paper on racism and values, which she worked on with Anna Larcher.
Participatory Governance in Culture, Conference, November 22-24, Rijeka, Croatia
The international and interdisciplinary conference, organized by Kultura Nova Foundation in partnership with Rijeka 2020 LLC and collaboration with European Cultural Foundation will be taking place between in November 2017 in Rijeka, Croatia. As a member of the EDUCULT team, Angela Wieser will take part at the conference and will discuss and exchange practices, theories and policies of participatory governance in culture with other experts.
Who Do You Think We Are? Can Culture Save Us? Panel Discussion, October 18, Brussels, Belgium
Organised jointly by Inspiring Culture and EUNIC Brussels, ‘Who do you think we are?’ is a programme of 4 events held in parallel to the Brussels staging of the China-EU sculpture exhibition ‘Dialogue With Emperor Qin’. A panel of experts from the Culture and Political industries will discuss their personal experiences regarding the use of Culture as diplomacy. How effective is culture as a form of diplomacy on the world stage? Does culture have the power to change the world? Michael Wimmer will take part at the panel discussion.
Children Art and Culture, Conference, November 15-17, Silkeborg/Aarhus, Denmark
The conferences will create a room for sharing knowledge and experiences and promote new strategies for Nordic and European partnerships and networks devoted to the integration of art and culture in children’s everyday lives. Dealing with the fact that our children are the present and the future, the conferences will have a special attention to sustainability in a cultural perspective. The conferences will be a mix of presentations, dialogues, workshops, and time for networking. All content will be in English. It is possible to attend each conference or each day separately.
Amateo Conference, November 28-30, Pecs, Hungary
What is the role of tradition in amateur arts? Different regions and different (ethnic) minority groups have their own traditions, but what are the new practices and expressions that they use to share it today? And how can traditions in art build bridges between people? How can we engage people in arts in their own communities? And last but not least, how can we spread the word and share the joy of taking part in arts? These will be the 3 main topics of the conference which will have a participatory approach that gives everyone attending a voice. Participants are invited to actively engage in discussions and debates and to express their thoughts, doubts and ideas.
Review: Culture & Arts Education, Now and Next, Conference, Cambodia
At the beginning of 2017, the cultural institute “Cambodia Living Arts” signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and UNESCO to pilot the implementation of culture and arts education at Cambodian public schools via a public-private partnership. On September 28, “Cambodian Living Arts” launched a creative leadership conference, “Culture & Arts Education, Now and Next”, to create a networking platform for people working in culture and arts education in Cambodia.
European Day of Languages
Our planet has over 7 billion people who speak between 6 000 and 7 000 different languages. A few languages are spoken by hundreds of millions of speakers, such as English or Chinese, but most are spoken by only a few thousand, or just a handful of speakers. Between a half and two-thirds of the world’s population is bilingual to some degree, and a significant number are plurilingual. On September 26, 2017, the European Day of Languages was celebrated in a lot of places throughout Europe, aiming to pay tribute to and raise awareness for linguistic diversity and multilingualism.
In Hungary, critical voices are increasingly being suppressed, and artists who stand up against the Orbán regime, are more and more being stigmatized by the government. In their blog, Hungarian Krétakör Foundation posted a short story in pictures about how the Hungarian government has been harassing the country’s NGO since 2013.
Book Release: Composing Processes and Artistic Agency – Tacit Knowledge in Composing
By Tasos Zembylas, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria and Martin Niederauer, University of Music and the Performing Arts, Austria (London: Routledge, 2017)
The book investigates compositional processes shedding new light on the components and conditions that constitute artistic agency. Using a mixture of case studies and theoretical frameworks, this book will appeal to sociologists, musicologists, creative studies scholars, and artists particularly those who teach composition or research on this topic as well as students of MA- and PhD-level.