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New research finds arts and culture helps combat loneliness among old people

The results also show that over half of older people (52%) say they attend or participate less in arts and cultural activity now than in their teenage years, with respondents citing better access to venues and having someone to go with as key ways in which to encourage attendance from this age group. more >

Every child should have a textbook

The amount a country spends on learning materials is a good indicator of its commitment to providing a quality education for all. While there are various types of teaching and learning materials, this paper will focus on textbooks, which are the most commonly used type. Textbooks are especially relevant to improving learning outcomes in low income countries with large class sizes, a high proportion of unqualified teachers and a shortage of instructional time. Next to an engaged and prepared teacher, well-designed textbooks in sufficient quantities are the most effective way to improve instruction and learning. more >

Libraries shaping the future: good practice toolkit

This toolkit, produced by the Libraries Taskforce is the first step in addressing a need identified by the Independent Library Report for England; “that more information needs to be available about the remarkable and vital value that a good library service can offer modern communities of every size and character”.  It sets out how library services can support delivery of a wide range of local and national government priorities. It also describes a range of approaches to delivering cost-effective library services.

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The International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research

The International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research provides concise and comprehensive reviews and overviews of the convergences and divergences of intercultural arts practice and theory, offering a consolidation of the breadth of scholarship, practices and the contemporary research methodologies, methods and multi-disciplinary analyses that are emerging within this new field. more >

International Entrepreneurship in the Arts

International Entrepreneurship in the Arts focuses on teaching students, artists, and arts managers specific strategies for expanding creative ventures that are already successful domestically to an international audience. more >

Report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education

In a motion for a European Parliament Resolution the Committee on Culture and Education voted on the inclusion of intercultural dialogue in EU relations. more >

Global Report marks 10 years of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention: IFACCA reflects on its own activities and the future

On 16 December, during the 9th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Paris the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, launched of the Convention’s Global Monitoring Report: ‘Re-shaping cultural policies: a decade promoting the diversity of cultural expressions for development’. more >

Re | Shaping Cultural Policies: A Decade Promoting the Diversity of Cultural expressions for Development

A new global report tracking the progress and challenges in implementing the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, now ratified by 141 Parties, will be released on 16 December, 2015. more >

Libraries shaping the future: good practice toolkit

This is a best practice guide, produced by the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce, for chief executives and library portfolio holders, including how library services can support local authority priorities. more >

The Ecology of Culture: Community Engagement, Co-creation, Cross Fertilization

Produced in the framework of the 23rd ENCATC Annual Conference on The Ecology of Culture and the 6th Annual ENCATC Research Session, a new e-book entitled The Ecology of Culture: Community Engagement, Co-creation, Cross Fertilization brings more than 40 papers from 25 countries selected for publication by members of the ENCATC Research Session Scientific Committee. more >

Family Arts Campaign reports increased engagement with family focused work across England

Now in its fourth year, the Family Arts Campaign has released an independent evaluation of its initial three years. more >

Diversity in arts and culture: report published as new investment announced

As the Arts Council England publish a new report on diversity in the arts and culture sector, they are launching four new strategic funds for diversity totalling £8.6 million. more >

Show your findings: Assessing how government uses evidence to make policy

This report looks at wherther it is possible to develop a rapid assessment tool to rate government departments on their use of evidence in policy decisions. The idea was to be able to compare and rank departments – to show which used evidence well and which less well, and in doing so highlight and celebrate good practice while incentivising others to match the standards of the best. more >

ASEF presents new Guides on art and sustainability at ArtCOP21

ASEF presents Creative Responses to Sustainability,a new series of guides mapping cultural initiatives engaging with social and environmental issues in different countries. Authored by Ms Yasmine OSTENDORF, the coordinator of the EU-funded network Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA), the first two guides for Singapore and Korea will feature a country directory of the most pioneering and significant cultural organisations contributing to social and environmental change through their artistic practice. more >

Cultural Times – The First Global Map of Cultural and Creative Industries

For the first time, this survey quantifies the global economic and social contribution of this important sector. The study analyses 11 Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) sectors: advertising, architecture, books, gaming, movies, music, newspapers/magazines, performing arts, radio, television and visual arts. The top three employers are visual arts (6.73m), books (3.67m) and music (3.98m). more >