REVIEWING AND REDEFINING CULTURAL WORK CONDITIONS
A selection of public, private or community projects and good practices, in order to highlight various ways of exercising cultural rights
Platform for cultural mediation and new institutionalities
MAR is a platform launched by the Daniel i Nina Carasso Foundation, the Museu Reina Sofia and the hablarenarte association, whose main goal is to promote important initiatives for change in contemporary cultural institutions towards greater openness and permeability in society.
The platform is made up of three nodes: Notar, Alzar la voz juntas (Alzar) and Caja de resonancias (Caixa). The Notar node carries out a research residence programme; Alzar, in turn, is set up as a cultural mediation network; and Caja constructs a digital dossier of useful resources on the matter. The three nodes making up MAR constitute a fluid structure where continuous exchanges between them generate a plural and dynamic space for exchanging knowledge and experiences.
MAR’s initials do not stand for any one particular thing but for several at the same time: M for museum and mediation; A for arise and archive; R for network (red, in Spanish), residences and resonances. The proposal's general aim is to blur the traditional lines between cultural organisations and civil society, on the understanding that mediation can promote a change of paradigm that effectively involves everyone in cultural life and the public sphere.
An executive committee for harmonising Europe’s music education
The SCHEME consortium was established in 2014 as part of a Creative Europe network project. The organisation brings together the three pan-European associations, AEC, EAS and EMU, which together cover the entire institutionalised educational area, from early age to higher education and permanent learning.
The institutionalised music education sector is facing drastic challenges and changes. Old teaching models no longer cover the needs of a digitalised society that will only survive if traditional ideas of participation, diversity and sustainability are rethought.
A music education prepared for the future requires a new profile of teacher, less an instructor and more a facilitator of the student-centred learning processes. Cultural education makes an important contribution to the individuals exercising their right to cultural and social participation. As a result, the cultural and social needs of individuals in a diverse society can only be satisfied where such diversity is reflected in the range of cultural education on offer.
The SCHEME+ project investigates the attributes that music teachers of the future will need and how the institutions have to be transformed to make that change possible.
Self-employed artistic work within a production company
This is a stable-employment model for self-employed artists which was awarded a Dance Fame Award in 2021 from the Union of Dance and Circus Artists of Finland.
Under the Routa company’s employment model, a full-time temporary dancer can allocate at least 25% of their workday to developing as an independent and freelance artist. They can devote the rest of the workday to rehearsals, preparations and performances of the show they have been hired for.
After graduation, a person develops artistically through their own efforts and usually not in exchange for pay. Routa’s proposed model aims to create a safe environment promoting the free artistic development of its dancers, relieving them of part of this burden. In addition, it provides individuals with a work space and an active and social community of colleagues, as well as support in directing, artistic production and publicity.
Under this model, Routa is joining the current discussion on the various types of artistic employment and meeting points for the self-employed and institutions.
Shared initiatives for training
In a world facing major global challenges, art and culture have the potential to make a significant contribution towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Europe’s cultural networks have a recognised structural effect on their specific areas. Even so, to take on these challenges, more specific training will be needed for cultural leaders. There are very few training programmes at Europe’s universities on SDGs and their application to the realm of culture, which is why transnational cultural networks towards a more sustainable future are unable to realise their full potential.
SHIFT aims to improve the training for transnational cultural-network leaders with regard to SDGs. The three most important SDGs for the cultural sector in Europe at this time have been selected as the starting point: SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 5 (gender equality and women’s empowerment).
SHIFT has therefore been re-implemented by nine European cultural networks such as music, the performing arts, higher artistic education, cultural centres and mobility.
Assistance, creativity and support environments for artists whose practice has been interrupted by forced migration
Artists Connecting in Transition (ACT) is an international programme aimed at creating assistance, creativity and support environments for artists whose practice has been interrupted by forced migration.
Funded by the British Council, ACT is a unique cultural collaboration for art and production professionals, centred on artistic practice and international exchange. It is framed in the main global challenges and inequalities around forced migration, exile and displacement. The programme’s central approach is based on collaboration and learning.
ACT is hosted by D6: Culture in Transit (UK), Arthereistanbul (Turkey), MedeArts (Jordan) and the Fanak Fund, which works in Arabic-speaking regions.
A space for reflection and constructing a collective narrative on the state of women in this sector, from a feminist perspective
This project is an Escena Gran initiative, in collaboration with Service for Granollers City Council’s Equality and with the revitalisation of Eixida, launched in 2020 to meet the needs for creating meeting and visibility spaces for women from the world of the performing arts in the Vallès Oriental.
The first edition of the project, in 2021, involved an invitation and four online meetings that 25 women took part in, associated with several roles, professions and duties in the local and county scope of the performing arts. The edition was aimed at creating a space for sharing experiences and developments, building a collective diagnosis narrative on the state of women in the sector, bringing visibility to the presence of women in the performing arts and setting out proposals for improving and drawing out future lines for developing cultural policies.
Trobades led to a few conclusions and proposals for continuity, a written account of the meetings and a travelling exhibition featuring the perspectives of the illustrators Clara Sáez and Gala Pont, which is still on the road visiting several parts of the region.
The second edition of Trobades was held in November 2022, this time in a face-to-face format.
A base for promoting contact, exchanges and learning in the region’s artistic and cultural realms
Mobility has drastically changed over the last few years and is currently threatened by the pandemic, digital trends, forced displacements, diversity, access and sustainability, among other factors. Besides being essential for artists and cultural operators to develop their professional careers, it is being drastically curtailed, especially in the Mediterranean region.
To tackle the new trends, several online and face-to-face work groups and workshops were held for a collective rethink of mobility with artists and cultural professionals from the Mediterranean regions, to understand their needs and to attempt to find the best ways of meeting them.
A manifesto was prepared last April offering a basis for new public discussions and debates throughout the region, to take on the challenges of mobility. One of its key issues is sustainability, which is opening up new possibilities and practices for launching greener mobility initiatives.
The manifesto has also inspired the Reimagining mobility group, to provide artists and cultural professionals with tools they can use for continuing to establish contacts, exchanging knowledge and learning in the new context.
A fight for a more inclusive and egalitarian music sector
Play it Loud! is a JM International project for ensuring the empowerment of women and under-represented youth groups through music.
The project aims to contribute to a more egalitarian and diverse music youth environment, welcoming under-represented young people so that they can make music their own, express themselves freely through it and play an active part in local and European democratic and communal centres, thereby helping to give shape to a more inclusive society.
Inspired in the Loud! Campament initiative, proposed by JM Norway, Play it Loud! got off the ground in April 2020 thanks to subsidies from the European Youth Foundation (EYF) and the Erasmus+ Programme. So far, the process has featured over 100 young musicians, cultural operators, associations staff and experts in youth work, the music industry, cultural management, gender equality and inclusion, as part of a series of local and international activities.
Play it loud! will continue into 2023 thanks to a second subsidy from the EYF’s work plan, with new initiatives for expanding awareness of underprivileged youth groups in the area of music.