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The Value of Culture

In various countries within Europe, there is discussion about governmental investment in the arts and culture. While traditional arguments are losing potency, and the debate is continually becoming carried out more in economic and statistical terms, the work field as well as the cultural policymakers are feeling an increasing need for a new dialog on the place of the arts and culture within a community. more >

Public Libraries Survey Report Issued

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the report for the Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics. more >

The Whole Picture: Volunteering in Museums and Galleries in Scotland - See more at:

This is the report of a research project, commissioned by Museums Galleries Scotland, which provides an in-depth understanding of the scale, scope and impact of volunteering in the museums and galleries sector in Scotland. more >

ENCATC unveils Journal of Cultural Management and Policy Vol. 4, Issue 1

ENCATC, the European network on cultural management and cultural policy education, is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 4, Issue 1 of its online Journal of Cultural Management and Policy. more >

Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class

Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy, and a general attitude of indifference. He identifies social tensions and contradictions—most concerning the artist’s place in society—that have plunged the creative class into a fight for survival. more >

Step by step: arts policy and young people 1944–2014

Step by step: arts policy and young people takes a historical stance on the development of government policy designed to increase arts engagement by children and young people and provides key recommendations to ensure that the lessons of the past are taken into account by policy makers in the future. more >

Step by step: arts policy and young people 1944–2014

Current policy aimed at encouraging young people to engage with the arts places insufficient emphasis on engaging very young children, and needs to focus more on the role of families, parents and carers, according to a new report. more >

Swedish Performing Arts for an International Audience 2015

Publication of the Swedish Arts Council. more >

Creative Industries Economic Estimates

Official Statistics measuring the contribution made by the Creative Industries to the UK Economy, including Employment, GVA and Exports of Services. more >

Surprising Findings in Three New NEA Reports on the Arts

Three reports from the National Endowment for the Arts reveal new findings about the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities. more >

Underwater Cultural Heritage and Small Island Developing States

This document contains a summary of activities on Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) during the 3rd International Conference on SIDS (Apia, Samoa, 1 - 4 September 2014). more >

Las políticas culturales del Estado salvadoreño, 1900-2012

“Sin un respaldo desde el Estado y sin una recepción favorable desde la población, el arte y la cultura seguirán siendo una prioridad muy baja en la agenda apretada del desarrollo nacional,” nos dice el Dr. Knut Walter en el resumen de su nuevo libro Las políticas culturales del Estado salvadoreño, 1900-2012*. El trabajo del Dr. Walter es una invitación a discutir el puesto que se debe dar a la cultura y a las artes en la agenda nacional. more >

Opportunities for CCSs to Access Finance in the EU - Short Analytical Report

The short analytical report focusing on the financial environment for the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCSs) in EU Member States has been requested to the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (DG EAC). The request also involved providing a mapping of funding mechanisms and of regulatory incentives for the CCSs across the EU as well as identifying examples of innovative and most effective practices. more >

Artfutures: Working with Contradictions in Higher Arts Education

Artfutures: Working with Contradictions in Higher Arts Education brings together leading arts practitioners, educators and thinkers, across 14 countries and a variety of disciplines, to address the most pressing issues in higher arts education from the perspective of those operating within the field. more >

Export of Objects of Cultural Interest 2013/2014

The 60th annual report on the Export of Objects of Cultural Interest by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.  more >