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January 2008

Planning for cultural diversity: fundamentals of education planning N° 87

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, there is continuing debate about education in a culturally diverse society. How to ensure educational equality, rights to cultural maintenance and full social participation of minority groups, while ensuring social harmony and national development within a democratic society, is a major challenge for education policy-makers. more >

Online Magazine: Culture and Development

The Regional Office of Culture of the UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean has developed an on-line version of the magazine Culture and Development (Revista Cultura y Desarrollo). more >

Supporting Excellence In The Arts

Sets out new ways to recognise and reward high-quality work in the arts, and place risk-taking and innovation at the centre of the funding framework. more >

After the Art Wars

A look at the history of the National Endowment for the Arts. more >

Cultural Diversity Programming Lens Toolkit

An interdisciplinary tool to systematically analyse and evaluate whether programmes, policies, and practices promote the concept and principles of cultural diversity. more >

Economic Development Quarterly Vol.22 No.1

Contains a number of articles on creative and cultural industries. more >

Public Art: A New Year Provocation for 2008

Critical thought-provoking essays that aim to raise debate and stimulate discussion on public art. more >

Culture, a fundamental Union right

The European Community's cultural rights instruments. more >

Database of Existing Codes, Guidelines and Practices

Examples of ethical and conduct codes in a cultural setting.   more >

An invitation to test drive the arts

An analysis of creative New Zealand’s ‘Test Drive the Arts’ scheme to build and retain new audiences. more >

Videos for Grantmakers Shoptalk

A selection of videos that capture the insights and dilemmas of grant making from the point of view of the individual grant maker. more >

A Sustainable Arts Sector: What Will It Take?

A new publication on multi-dimensional policy approaches to achieving artistic, financial and organisational sustainability in the arts. The authors argue for the establishment of a public-private endowment fund for the arts in Australia. more >

Directory of Cultural Administration Training Centres

An interactive on-line database of information on cultural administration training centres around the world. more >

It opens a whole new world: Older people’s perceptions of the role of the creative arts as leisure in their lives

Examines the benefits gained by older people through participation creative arts and makes recommendations for policymakers and funding bodies. more >

Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts

Launched in 2007, this journal is dedicated to interdisciplinary appraoches to creativity and ageing. more >

Los compromisos internacionales de España en materia de cultura

La presente publicación analiza los acuerdos culturales internacionales suscritos por España. more >

The Spirit of Alberta

The Government of Alberta has developed the 'Spirit of Alberta' - a cultural policy for the Canadian province of Alberta. more >

Rainbow paper: Practice makes perfect, a learning framework for intercultural dialogue

A learning framework for intercultural dialogue.   more >

Measuring the Value of Culture: Methods and Examples in Cultural Economics

A new book looking at economic methods that can be used to put a price on the arts and cultural goods. more >

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February 2008

Beyond the creative industries: making policy for the creative economy

Two new pieces of research that shed light on the interaction between the creative industries and innovation in the wider economy. more >

Building a Creative Innovation Economy report

A report that highlights the value of the creative sector in driving innovation and growth throughout the economy. more >

Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy

A strategy document for the UK's Creative Industries. more >

The position of cultural workers in creative industries: The south-eastern European perspective

What lies beneath the ‘glossy’ surface of the statistics about creative industries? more >

Culture and sport improvement toolkit

An improvement tool covering all aspects of how an organisation operates to improve its cultural and sport services to local people and enhance their quality of life.   more >

Culture and Learning Consultation Paper

Challenges cultural professionals and educationalists to provide a new and coherent direction for creative learning and for encouraging creativity through culture. more >

The politics of diversity in Europe

Examines political and ideological notions of culture and diversity in Europe. more >

At Arm´s Length

Geraint Talfan Davies, former Chairman of the Arts Council of Wales, gives a graphic account of a battle to maintain the arm’s length principle in arts funding in Wales. more >

International Journal of Arts Management Vol. 10 no. 2

Abstracts for the latest edition of the International Journal of Arts Management can be viewed online in English and French. more >

International Journal of Cultural Policy, vol. 14 no. 1

A special issue on Nordic cultural policy. more >

Journal of Cultural Economics vol. 32 no. 1

Volume 32 number 1 of Journal of Cultural Economics is available on the Springer web site. more >

Las bellas artes y la discapacidad

Blog: Las técnicas provenientes de las disciplinas artísticas se han venido utilizando en rehabilitación psicosocial desde hace más de cinco décadas en todo el mundo. La inclusión de estas técnicas, favorecerían la integración de pacientes con capacidades especiales. El factor primordial e la disminUción de estrés que se observa en los niños que mejoran a través del arte. more >

Las ponencias de la Conferencia foro internacional sobre políticas culturales y derechos culturales están publicadas en Internet

La presentada por Edwin Harvey, sobre la relación entre los instrumentos normativos internacionales del derecho cultural y las políticas culturales nacionales en el contexto latinoamericano. more >

The Papers of the International Conference Forum on Cultural Policies and Cultural Rights are Published On-line

Edwin Harvey’s presentation on the relationship between international legal instruments on cultural rights’ and national cultural policies in Latin America. more >

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March 2008

First Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Cultural Diversity

A number of documents have been published following the first Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. more >

Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events

Routledge has released a call for papers for its recently launched Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. more >

Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in the Nonprofit Arts

Interviews leaders, staff, volunteers, and audience members from eighty-five nonprofit cultural organizations to explore how they are trying to increase participation and the extent to which they have been successful. more >

From Economy to Ecology: A Policy Framework for Creative Labour

An examination of the concept of the creative economy and of how the current labour policy framework should adapt to the realities creative professionals in Canada and internationally. more >

The Status of the Artist legislative approach and Rethinking of Status of the Artist approach?

Examines the Canadian approach to the status of the artist question and offers some new thinking about how best to deal with the unique characteristics of workers in the creative economy. more >

Annual report: Arts Council and Culture Council

The 2007 Annual Reports of the Flemish Culture Council and Arts Council are available online. more >

Design works: Towards a national policy

Scans design policies around the world to draw lessons for Australian design policy directions. more >

Links between health psychology and the arts

A special edition of the Journal of Health Psychology with a selection of empirical and theoretical reports on the linkages between health psychology and the arts. more >

Social Effects of Culture

Examines the relationship between four cultural activities (reading books, attending live performances, visiting art galleries and attending movie theatres) and social phenomena. more >

Economia della Cultura

Issue 3/2008 of the multilingual journal Economia della Cultura, that devotes its theme to discussing Unesco's Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. more >

Dance Review

A report to government on dance education and youth dance in England. more >

The Economic Environment of American Symphony Orchestras

Major symphony orchestras in the United States regularly spend more money than they take in, and some dip so far into endowments that they risk their long-term survival, according to a new report.     more >

Report of the culture voucher committee

A report proposing a tax exemption scheme for sports, recreation and hobbies to be expanded to include more cultural activities. more >

Arts royalties and droit de suite

The March 2008 issue of Gas Quarterly focuses on issues related to arts royalties across literature, design, music, theatre and visual arts. more >

Learning, Arts, and the Brain

A report on scientific findings on defining and evaluating relationships between arts training and the ability of the brain to learn in other cognitive domains. more >

The State of Cultural Infrastructure: Policy and Issues Dialogue

A series of background research papers to be used for a series of regional roundtables on cultural infrastructure’s vital role in creative cities and sustainable communities. more >

A passion for excellence - An improvement strategy for culture and sport

A strategy to support local governments as 'leaders of place'. more >

London: A cultural audit

An overview of London’s cultural environment, including comparisons with New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. more >

Tools for Culture: The Resonance & Use of Online Tools in the Cultural Sector

LabforCulture's latest Research in focus topic, 'Tools for Culture' presents an overview of how the cultural sector is (or is not) taking up online technology tools for collaboration across Europe. more >

Visual Arts Summit

Arts Research Monitor, March, Volume 6, no 10 is a special issue summarising issues explored at a visual arts summit held in Ottawa, Canada, in November 2007. more >

The Heritage Game: Economics, Policy, and Practice

A new book by Alan Peacock and Ilde Rizzo that shows how economic analysis can be used to help formulate better heritage policies and overcome potential policy problems. more >

Federal Government Support for the Arts and Culture in Official Language Minority Communities

Assesses the support provided to official language minority community artists and organizations by federal government arts and culture institutions. more >

Compendium of cultural policies in Europe: 9th edition

The 9th edition of the Compendium on Cultural Policies in Europe has been released. more >

Cultural Trends Vol. 17 No. 1

Volume 17, issue 1 of Cultural Trends is available online. more >

Sharing Diversity: National Approaches to Intercultural Dialogue in Europe

A study that maps national intercultural dialogue policies and strategies in European countries. more >

Arts and Cultural Heritage - An Information Development Plan

Identifies the agreed priorities and action for statistical information development in the area of Arts and Cultural Heritage. more >

Arts Management Newsletter No. 80

A selection of articles on audience development in the arts from an arts management viewpoint.   more >

The impact of ‘central places’ on spatial spending patterns: evidence from Flemish local government cultural expenditures

Analyses whether and how municipalities influence each other in this decision to spend resources on the arts. more >

Venues policies and programmes

A dedicated area of the Arts Council of Ireland's website where you can find goals, actions and publications relating the the Arts Council's venues policies.   more >

CultureWork: The mid-career arts and culture professional

A two-part instalment of CultureWork that explores what it means to be a mid-career arts and culture professional today. more >

On Entrepreneurship and Education in Cultural Life

A Report on the 15th ENCATC Annual Conference, held in Sweden in June 2007, on how education and training institutions address this issue of cultural entrepreneurship. more >

Unfortunately we could not...: Effects of denial decisions on grants

Looks at the working grant system from the viewpoint of the artist who receives a denial decision on his or her working grant application. more >

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April 2008

Hands-on Regional Strategies for Creative Industries in Bergen, Tartu and Turku

The outcome of a project to develop creative industries strategies or action plans at the local government level in three Baltic-Nordic countries. more >

Artist Space Development: Making the Case

Considers how artist space developments have been positioned and the arguments made to garner support for them, the advocacy strategies used, and the impacts claimed or anticipated. more > virtual newspaper

A 'virtual newspaper' launched by the Creative Industries Observatory, an international academic observatory based at the London College of Communication. more >

Thinking Creatively and Competing Globally: The Role of the Arts in Building the 21st American Workforce

A number of publications on the outcomes of the 2007 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable. more >

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the entry into force of the first international treaty on the human rights of persons with disabilities, after the required twentieth country ratified the landmark convention on 3 April. more >

Using intellectual property tools to protect Traditional Cultural Expressions/Traditional Knowledge related issues at Arts Festivals

A paper on intellectual property issues prepared for the upcoming Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa in July 2008. more >

Artist’s Resale Rights

A report on the impact on Artist’s Resale Rights on the UK art market and artists. more >

Charitable Museums and Galleries: A guide to conflicts of interest policies, trustee benefits and transactions between trustees and charities

A guide to conflicts of interest policies for members of the governing bodies of cultural organisations. more >

Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice

A new peer-reviewed journal on research, policy and best practice within the interdisciplinary field of arts and health to begin in 2009. more >

Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, vol. 47 no. 4

The Winter 2008 edition of The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. more >

Artist Space Development: Financing and Advocacy

Two research reports from the Urban Institute on financing and making the case for artists spaces. more >

Connections between culture and well-being; Perspectives into applications of art

Proposes measures for increasing cooperation between the social, health, labour and cultural sectors with the aim of improving conditions for culture in rural areas.   more >

From indifference to enthusiasm: patterns of arts attendance in England

Analyses the levels of arts attendance among English adults and the socio-demographic inequalities in the take-up of attendance opportunities.     more >

Grants to Individuals : Investing in People and Their Communities

Grants to individuals make special demands on foundations, both legally and administratively, but sometimes they’re the only way to achieve an important objective. more >

Arts Council Annual Report 2006-2007

A summary of the Arts Council's 2006/07 activities. more >

Made in the Med

Made in the Med: The Challenges of Artistic Exchange in the Mediterranean, a publication on mobility in the Mediterranean area published in English & French by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, is available to download. more >

D'Art report: Ethics in Cultural Policy

The publication argues that cultural rights are central to the identity, coherence and autonomy of nations. more >

Art Following the Trend? Artists’ Voices

A research study that investigates how international and Austrian artists define their roles and functions in society and their earning capacity, and analyses contemporary developments in Creative Industries policies. more >

The World is Getting Smaller: Evaluation of BKVB Fund Foreign Studios (1989-2005)

An evaluation of and recommendations for the foreign artist studios policy of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. more >

Cultural diversity forums

Development Gateway's forums are online spaces where members can comment on issues of interest. more >

Sustainability: a new frontier for the arts and cultures

Insights from researchers, artists and activists in Europe, North and Central America, Africa and Asia on environmental sustainability as a new frontier for the arts and cultures. more >

State support for artists in Finland. Direct and indirect support from the late 1960s to the present

An executive summary of a report on the development of state support for artists in Finland from the late 1960s to the present. more >

Arts and Civic Engagement Audio Blogs

A series of audio conversations with practitioners and professionals who will convene the Civic Engagement Track sessions at the Americans for the Arts 2008 Annual Convention in June. more >

Art for life's sake: Dutch cultural policy in outline

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has released an English translation of its forward cultural policy agenda. more >

Private giving for the public good

Leaders of Britain’s major cultural institutions have come together to launch a manifesto to encourage a culture of giving to the arts and heritage. more >

Creative Economy Report 2008: The challenge of assessing the creative economy towards informed policy-making

A report that aims to help developing countries harness their creative economies and to maximize trade and development gains by recognizing the creative economy as a feasible development option for linking economic, technological, social and cultural development objectives. more >

Cultural Diversity seminar reports

Reports have been published on a series of cultural diversity seminars held in Barcelona, Spain, in December 2005. more >

Cultural industries in Europe

A report on behalf of the Committee on Culture and Education that was tabled in the European Parliament and resulted in the Parliament's adoption of a resolution on the cultural industries in Europe. more >

Cultural Rights: Culture and Development

A portal created by Interarts Foundation as a key element in the research that the foundation is carrying out on cultural rights and the role of culture in human development. more >

Derechos culturales: cultura y desarrollo

El portal recoge información y documentación sobre temas como los derechos culturales, el desarrollo humano, los indicadores culturales, la cultura y los derechos humanos, y la diversidad. more >

Sharing Strengths: Commonwealth and Francophone Engagement with the UNESCO 2005 Convention

A report brings together the key suggestions, observations and challenges that emerged from a March 2008 seminar that brought together experts from Commonwealth and Francophone governments and civil society to discuss the ratification and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. more >

State of the Arts: NAC Annual Report FY2006/07

The Singapore National Arts Council's annual report for the financial year 2006 to 2007.
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May 2008

Links Between Biological and Cultural Diversity

The myriad links between cultural and biological diversity are increasingly viewed as key elements in achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals. more >

Fluid cities create

A paper from Issue 20 of the Griffith Review on what makes a city culturally dynamic? more >

The Promotion of cultural Diversity via New Media Technologies: An Introduction to the Challenges of Operationalisation

A European Audiovisual Observatory publication that clarifies potential meanings of cultural diversity and its associated concepts.     more >

Towards a creative Australia: The future of the arts, film and design

A record of the 'creative' stream of the Australia 2020 Summit, including recommendations for consideration by the Australian Government. more >

CCPR Impact Database update no.14

A newsletter containing content that has been added to the Impact Database since the end of February 2008. more >

Support and conditions of Finnish dance productions

Trends in and importance of state grants for dance productions 1991–2008. more >

EDUCULT Memo Spring 2008

Focuses on ‘youth and creativity’ and contains an article by Michael Wimmer on arts and education as an issue of cultural and education policy. more >

Anticipating Change in the Major Performing Arts

Considers the impacts on the major performing arts sector of trends such as rapid economic development in the Asia region and shifts in the demographics and leisure time options of the Australian population.   more >

Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age

Making the transition from an economic age to a cultural age is imperative if global harmony, environmental sustainability, economic viability, and human well-being are to be achieved. more >

Making grants efficiently in the culture, media and sport sector

A report released by the National Audit Office has found that the costs of administering grants in the culture, media and sport sector account for just over 11 percent of the total value of grants. more >

Public Support for Creative Industries

A report to the Scottish Government exploring best methods of support for Scotland’s creative economy. more >

Arts and disability action plan 2008-2010

An arts and disability action plan 2008-2010 to guide the Australia Council in its operations, programs and strategies in relation to access and equity for people with disabilities. more >

Arts Management Newsletter No 82

Special topic for this issue is 'arts and the city'.     more >

Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights

Former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bill Ivey, assesses the current state of the arts in America and finds cause for alarm. more >

International Journal of Cultural Policy vol 14 no 2

The latest edition of the International Journal of Cultural Policy is now available online. more >

The arts, and the innovation agenda workshop

Papers are available from a one-day workshop to discuss how the arts sector can respond to the Government's innovation agenda. more >

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June 2008

Journal of Cultural Economics vol 32 no 3

Volume 32 number 3 of the Journal of Cultural Economics is now available online. more >

Contemporary Mexico’s Cultural Policies within the Context of UNESCO’s Convention on Cultural Diversity

An article that explores Mexico’s cultural policies within the context of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. more >

Las políticas culturales del México contemporáneo en el contexto de la Convención sobre Diversidad Cultural de la UNESCO

El Observatoire des Amériques de Montreal, en el número 08-11 de junio de 2008 de su publicación Chroniques des Amériques, presenta el trabajo Las políticas culturales del México contemporáneo en el contexto de la Convención sobre Diversidad Cultural de la UNESCO de Fabiola Rodríguez-Barba. more >

Review of Arts Council England’s regularly funded organisations investment strategy 2007-08

An external review of our regularly funded organisations investment strategy and the Arts Council's responses to the review. more >

Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines

Artists successfully rebuild the social infrastructure in six communities devastated by war, repression and dislocation. more >

Data collection for arts organisations: a pan-Tasman initiative

Articles that explore the value of data collection, how new information arising from data can be integrated by organisations and the ins and outs of implementing an integrated audience data system by the Australia Council and Creative New Zealand. more >

Our Creative Talent: the voluntary and amateur arts in England

Research that looks at the size, make-up and impact of formally organised voluntary and amateur arts groups in England. more >

New Accents in Swiss Music Promotion

The latest edition of Pro Helvetia’s magazine Passages looks in depth at the changes in the music world and in particular at the way in which music is supported and promoted. more >

Points of Alignment: The Report of the Special Committee on the Arts and Education

A report on arts-in-education provision in Ireland that makes five key recommendations to improve such provision. more >

ICOMOS ethical statement

The ICOMOS Ethical Commitment Statement is to provide a tool to improve and clarify ethical conservation practice and principles useful amongst members, Associates, non-members and communities who are active in conservation. The Ethical Commitment Statement will be reviewed every 6 years. more >

Race and culture

The fifth 2008 edition of the UNESCO Courier pays tribute to Claude Lévi-Strauss, including a podcast (in French) of a lecture from his book 'race and culture'. more >

State on Stage: The impact of public policies on the performing arts in Europe

A detailed analysis of the relationship between governments and the performing arts in Europe over the past fifteen years. more >

Community Arts Perspectives

A new peer-reviewed online publication that aims to advance the field of community arts by providing a platform for inclusive dialogue and documentation linking academia and community. more >

Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005

The first nationwide look at US artists' demographic and employment patterns in the 21st century. more >

EU Slovenian Presidency declaration on culture

The recommendations based on the conference “New Paradigms, New Models – Culture in the EU External Relations” which took place in Ljubljana, 13/14 May, 2008 as part of Slovenia’s presidency of the European Union. more >

Sponsorship of Cultural Events, Organisations, and Activities, 2007

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage has published a report that provides insights into the drivers behind cultural sponsorship. more >

Asia Arts Networks

Summer 2008 edition of the Korea Culture and Arts Journal contains a number of articles on IFACCA’s Asian chapter and other Asia arts networks. more >

EDUCULT Memo Summer 2008

The summer edition of EDUCULT memo contains a number of articles and resources on arts and education. more >

Reports from GIA 2007 Conference

Grantmakers in the Arts Reader volume 19, number 1 contains reports on sessions from the Grantmakers in the Arts 2007 Conference. more >

Arts in Education and Creativity

A literature review that provides an historical and theoretical overview of arts education and creativity. more >

Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change

If a major shift in worldview is taking place, what role might society’s arts and cultural resources (artists, arts institutions and cultural creatives) play? more >

Educating in the Arts: The Asian Experience

This book provides a comprehensive conceptual framework for analysing the arts in education and in society. more >

Is there a problem with grants management software solutions?

An initiative to survey the grant-making community to understand whether new grants management software is warranted, which community members benefit from it, and to what degree. more >

Journal of Arts & Communities

The Journal of Arts and Communities seeks to provide a critical examination of the practices known as community or participatory arts, encompassing work which incorporates active creative collaboration between artists and people in a range of communities of place and interest. more >

Journal of Cultural Economics vol 32 no 2

The latest edition of the Journal of Cultural Economics is now available online. more >

Creating value: between commerce and commons conference papers

Full-text peer reviewed papers from the Creating Value conference, 25 - 27 June 2008, Brisbane.  
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July 2008

Creative Construct: Building for Culture and Creativity

Proceedings from this international symposium held in April 2008 are now available online. more >

Cultural Trends vol. 17 issue 2

Cultural Trends volume 17 issue 2 is available online at informaworld. more >

Innovation Policy in the Creative Industries

A call for papers has been issued for a special issue of the journal Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice. more >

Social Effects of Culture: Detailed Statistical Models

Provides strong evidence of the social effects of culture through detailed statistical models of six social indicators. more >

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Annual report and accounts 2007-2008

2007-2008 proved to be a turbulent year for arts funding in Northern Ireland, with National Lottery cutbacks and the Northern Ireland Budget 2008-2011 dominating headlines. more >

White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue “Living together as equals in dignity”

The “White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue” emphatically argues in the name of the governments of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe that the common future depends on the ability to safeguard and develop human rights, as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law and to promote mutual understanding. more >

Culture and intangible economy

A special edition of Communictions and Strategies, International Journal of Digital Economics, will focus on culture and intangible economy. more >

Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada’s Creative Economy

Prepared for the International Forum on the Creative Economy, this report highlights the substantial social, cultural, and economic contributions of Canada’s culture sector and assesses its economic footprint. more >

How Can Arts Leaders Play an Active Role in Cultural Planning Initiatives in Their Local Communities?

An arts professional shares her experiences and reflects on serving as a novice chair for a community cultural planning committee. more >

A comparative analysis of strategies for design in Finland and Brazil

This paper reports on work in progress and initial findings of a research project that is comparing existing strategies for design (in promotion, support and policy fields) in four selected countries: Finland, South Korea, Brazil and India. For this specific paper, Finland and Brazil are the case studies compared. more >

Dance Plan 2012

A four-year action plan for the Australian dance sector. more >

Read:write. Digital Possiblities for Literature

An overview of how companies, organisations and individuals in the commercial and funded sectors in England use Web 2.0. more >

Towards a Palestinian Cultural Studies

A special issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication will be dedicated to the topic ‘towards a Palestinian cultural studies’. more >

21st Century Arts Conference - Top 10 Takeaways

At the inaugural 21st Century Arts Conference in New Zealand arts managers came together to learn how to find and attract audiences. One takeaway: "Adopting an audience focus does not mean forfeiting artistic excellence or vision". more >

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August 2008

Public Art Plan 2008/09

Outlines the Scottish Arts Council’s plan to develop and support public art during 2008-09. more >

Annual Review 2008

Arts Council England's Annual Review for 2008. more >

Artistcareer Website

A new website has been launched for visual art, craft and design practitioners. more >

'Modelling the creative industries'

An paper in the International Journal of Cultural Policy, written by David Throsby, on models of the creative industrise and implications for economic analysis. more >

CCPR Impact Update August 2008

An update on research into the social and economic effects of arts, culture and major events. more >

First We See: The national review of visual education

A new report that provides a vision for the visual education of Australian students into the future. more >

International Journal of Cultural Policy vol 14 no 3

Volume 14 issue 3 of the International Journal of Cultural Policy is available online. more >

Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society vol 47 no 4

Volume 47 number 4 (Winter 2008) of The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society is available online. more >

Arts RiPPA no 22

Arts RiPPA is an arts and cultural policy research digest that profiles the range of current and planned research activity in Australia. more >

Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, vol 5 no 1

Volume 5 issue 1 of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management is available online. more >

Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions and Traditional Knowledge: Gap Analyses

Gap analyses on the protection of traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore and on the protection of traditional knowledge produced by the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. more >

Annual review - an athbhreithniú bhliantúil 2007

A review of the arts in Ireland in 2007. more >

After the event: Culture and sport - access and legacies

A podcast of a meeting on how to organise cultural and community events to ensure access, benefits and impacts. more >

Cultural consumption patterns in Liepāja city

The Laboratory of Analytic and Strategic Studies has presented a study on cultural consumption in Liepāja city commissioned by Cultural Department of Liepāja City Authority (2008). more >

Iberoamerican Observatory of Authors' Rights launches newsletter

The Bogotá-based Iberoamerican Observatory of Authors' Rights (ODAI) launched ODAI Reports in August this year. A new monthly electronic newsletter, it collects information on legal and financial developments, interviews and other related news in the fields of authors' rights and copyright. more >

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September 2008

The Arts and Business Tax Guide

A website guide on tax concessions in the United Kingdom to encourage individual and business support to the arts. more >

Social and Economic Value of Public Libraries, Museums, Arts and Sport in Northern Ireland

A new report produced by Pricewaterhousecoopers, commissioned by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure of Northern Ireland looks at the Social and Economic Value of Public Libraries, Museums, Arts and Sport in Northern Ireland. more >

Cultivating Demand for the Arts: Arts Learning, Arts Engagement, and State Arts Policy

Audiences for classical music, jazz, theater, visual arts and other art forms have all declined as a percentage of the population in recent years, and as this new RAND report argues, reversing that trend will require more than simply expanding the supply of art and people’s access to it. more >

Cultures and Globalization: The Cultural Economy

This second volume The Cultural Economy analyses the dynamic relationship in which culture is part of the process of economic change that in turn changes the conditions of culture. more >

Evaluer les effets de l'éducation artistique et culturelle

Que peut-on évaluer et comment? Quels sont les effets de l'éducation artistique et culturelle sur les compétences transversales et sur les pratiques artistiques et culturelles? Existe-t-il des effets spécifiques aux différents arts ? Quel est l'impact des dispositifs de partenariat entre enseignants et artistes ou professionnels de la culture? more >

Arts Inc. How Greed and Neglect have destroyed our cultural rights

A book written by Bill Ivey, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, assessing the current state of the arts in America. more >

Literature Review for an Arts and Disability Action Strategy for New South Wales

This Literature Review explores significant and underlying issues of arts and disability. The review focuses on research conducted in Australia and uses international literature to enhance what already exists in Australia. It provides an insight into how creativity and the access needs of people with disabilities is a matter of concern to many organisations and individuals, if not everyone. more >

D'Art report: Grant Assessment Timeframes

This report analyses the length of time it takes for arts funding agencies to complete a grants giving process, from application closing date (or receipt of applications) through to notifying applicants of results. more >

The art of innovation

Champions of the arts and of economic development have recently developed an alliance: they have linked this type of creativity to the type required for global competitiveness. The question is: is this link true? more >

Use and enhance the power of art and culture for intercultural dialogue in cities!

Recommendations from the Dortmund Congress "Diversity Unites" from 3rd - 5th September 2008 in Dortmund, Germany. more >

DCMS Sustainable Development Action Plan 2008-2011

This sustainable development action plan covers the period between April 2008 to March 2011. It sets out aspirations for DCMS and the bodies it sponsors. more >

Evaluating the impact of arts and cultural education: A European and International Research Symposium

In January 2007, the Centre Pompidou hosted a research symposium on evaluating the impact of arts and cultural education. more >

TPAM/IETM Satellite Performing Arts meeting record

Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) and International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) Satellite Performing Arts meeting record now available on-line. The report looks at the difference between the concept of “contemporary” in Asia as compared to the occidental world... more >

Diversity: essays and images

Does art play a role in understanding diversity in our society? The ECF and photographer Ahmet Polat set out to explore the complex ins and outs of managing diversity through essays and images. more >

Report on the performing arts in Europe

This report focuses particularly on the contribution of France’s performing arts to the conformation of European culture and provides a set of recommendations for the development of the sector. more >

Identity theft: the cultural colonization of contemporary art

Edited by Jonathan Harris, Identity Theft examines the complex socio-political forces that powerfully influence the production of visual art in our postcolonial and globalized world. more >

Boundaries: transience and intercultural dynamics

The latest issue of CIDOB's Journal of Afers Internacionals features the addresses and debates from two international seminars organised by the CIDOB Foundation in 2007 under the heading of “Borders: ‘transitoriness’ and intercultural dynamics”. more >

Cultural Trends, Volume 17 Issue 3

Cultural Trends volume 17 issue 2 is available online at informaworld. more >

Report on a symposium to highlight the effects of the various educational approaches that put art at the heart of the learning process

In January 2007, on the initiative of the French Ministry of National Education, higher Education and Research and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Centre Pompidou hosted a research symposium on evaluating the impact of arts and cultural education.  more >

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October 2008

Making a single case for the arts: an international perspective

This research report aims at investigating how other countries have addressed the issue, and succeeded in developing a collaborative modus operandi among arts organizations each articulating cultural policies in order to make a single case for the arts. more >

The Social Impact of the Art: An intellectual history

The book, authored by Eleonora Belfiore and Oliver Bennett, traces an intellectual history of the development of contrasting ideas around the power of the arts to bring about personal and societal change - for the better and for the worse.
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Getting creative in healthcare: the contribution of creative activities to Australian healthcare

The contribution of creative occupations to Australian healthcare was examined using a mix of statistics and case studies. more >

Digital culture: the changing dynamics

This book examines possible shifts in the integration of new technologies and digital culture in the processes of affirming cultural diversity and intercultural communication by presenting different case studies and trend analyses. more >

AECID: new books in the 'Culture and Development' series

The Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) has released two new volumes in its 'Culture and Development' series. more >

Eggs in a Pan - youth work: speeches, writings and reflections

Peter Lauritzen reflects on a wide range of themes relevant to youth policy, youth work and youth research. Bringing together knowledge from all stages of his professional career as an international civil servant at the Council of Europe, as well as from his activity in the youth and adult education fields. more >

Video Republic

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National Arts and Disability Strategy - discussion paper

The National Arts and Disability Strategy is an opportunity for the Australian Government and state and territory governments to make a national commitment on arts and disability issues. more >

Enabling the Creators: arts and cultural management and the challenge of social inclusion

Enabling the Creators is one of the outcomes of the European Arts Management Project (EAM) a 2-year pilot project. The objective of the EAM Project was to develop new vocational training tools in arts and cultural management. more >

2008 Annual Report and 2007/08 Year in Review

The Annual Report 2008 and 2007/08 Year in Review are now available online. more >

Securing the Future: An assessment of progress 2001 to 2006

Australia’s 28 major performing arts companies experienced strong growth in box office, private income and main stage attendances in 2007, according to a report from the Australia Council for the Arts. more >

Arts audiences: insight

Arts Council England has published new research that provides a fresh insight into how and why people in England engage with the arts. The research looks beyond box office statistics and identifies 13 distinct arts consumer types, from the highly engaged ‘urban eclectic’, through ‘bedroom DJs’ to ‘time poor dreamers’ who have no involvement with the arts. more >

Arts and culture in Australia: a statistical overview, 2008 (second edition)

This release covers a range of topics including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and services. more >

European heritage - Sustainable development strategies in South-East Europe

This is the third volume in a series that examines how the enhancement of cultural and natural heritage can contribute to the implementation of sustainable development projects. more >

Visas: the discordant note

This White Paper sums up some of the problems and challenges of bringing international artists into Europe, or from one country in Europe to another. more >

Arts, education and other learning settings: a research digest

The Arts Council is delighted to announce a new resource which makes available, in summary form, a very wide range of research, including a number of action research projects, undertaken in the field of arts-in-education in Ireland. more >

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November 2008

Funding Arts and Culture under Canada's 39th Parliament

Despite several warnings about the difficulties of making an accurate analysis of Canadian Heritage's cultural funding over time, this report does shed some light on recent trends in Canadian Heritage's cultural funding. more >

Arts in the urban space: contemporary creation as a tool

Circostrada Network has just published a collective work called “Arts in the urban space: contemporary creation as a tool”. This publication is a series of academic contributions on the street arts, and is available in both French and English. more >

Putting culture first: Commonwealth perspectives on culture and development

Civil society is calling for issues of culture to be integrated into development. more >

Evaluating the impact of arts and cultural education

On the initiative of the French Ministry of National Education, higher Education and Research and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Centre Pompidou hosted a research symposium on evaluating the impact of arts and cultural education. more >

Managing diversity?

This publication has a double aim: in the first place it explores the complex ins and outs of managing diversity through a pallet of essays and stories of practitioners in the field of arts and culture; in the second place it explores diversity through art – through the eye of the photographer Ahmet Polat. more >

The Artist’s Handbook : a Guide to the Business of the Arts

The Artist’s Handbook provides artists with the administrative tools they need to administer, manage and distribute their creative work more effectively, thus maximising income, and individual and organisational sustainability. more >

Netwerken en verbindingen: arts and cultural education in the Netherlands

Based on a six month study of arts and cultural education in The Netherlands, this report assesses the current state of these two subjects in the country. more >

Great art for everyone 2008-2011

Our mission for the next three years is Great art for everyone. more >

Cahier de l’Atelier: Arts festivals for the sake of art?

'Cahier de l’Atelier' is an invaluable reference book about arts festivals, full of vivid personal anecdotes, thoughtful insights and inspirational, daring visions. more >

Cultural Funding in Australia: Three Tiers of Government 2006–07

A new report, Cultural Funding in Australia: Three Tiers of Government 2006–07, indicates federal, state, territory and local government funding for cultural activities increased by 2.6 per cent in 2006–07. more >

International Journal of Cultural Policy vol 14 no 4

Volume 14 issue 4 of the International Journal of Cultural Policy is available online. more >

Design and Administration of Public Policy Manual

This publication focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of public policy, as an attempt to integrate elements that are usually studied separately: economics as an organization, the State as an organization and the market as an organization. more >

Guía sobre diseño y gestión de la política pública

Esta publicación se centra en los aspectos teóricos y prácticos de las políticas públicas, en un intento por integrar los componentes que usualmente se abordan por separado: la economía como organización, el Estado como organización y el mercado como organización. more >

Production culture: industrial reflexivity and critical practice in film and television

In Production Culture, John Thornton Caldwell investigates the cultural practices and belief systems of Los Angeles–based film and video production workers: not only those in prestigious positions such as producers and directors but also many “below-the-line” laborers, including gaffers, editors, and camera operators. more >

Mobility matters

The ERICarts Institute carried out a six month study for the European Commission between April and October 2008 on mobility incentives in the culture/creative sector. more >

'Culture and Urban Development in the North/South Perspective': final report – ARCADE seminar

This ARCADE Seminar, the fourth of a series of European seminars aimed at examining precisely how culture is used and misused in the quest for sustainable development as it relates to community development in both developed and developing environments. more >

State arts policy: trends and future prospects

State arts agencies — key players within the U.S. system of public support for the arts — face growing economic, political, and demographic challenges to the roles and missions they adopted when founded in the mid-1960s. more >

Grantcraft: Practical Wisdom for Grantmakers

The GrantCraft website is a source of practical knowledge for grant makers on the tools and techniques of effective grant making. more >

Great art for everyone

Arts Council England has announced its new direction and aims for the next three years in its new publication Great Art for Everyone: 2008-2011. Between 2008 and 2011 the Arts Council will invest in excess of £1.6 billion of public money. more >

Service charter

The Australia Council's Service Charter is available online. more >

MORI poll: young people in Britain “are bursting with creative enthusiasm”

On 26 November, Creative Partnerships published a new study, presenting the findings of a two-year consultation with pupils from 20 schools working with Creative Partnerships. more >

New tools for designing cultural policies

On 26 November, the Nation’s Secretary for Culture, José Nun, released the book Nosotros y los otros. El comercio exterior de bienes culturales en América del Sur (We and the Others: Foreign Commerce of Cultural Goods in South America). more >

Nuevas herramientas para el diseño de políticas culturales

El miércoles 26 de noviembre, el secretario de Cultura de la Nación, José Nun, presentó el libro 'Nosotros y los otros. El comercio exterior de bienes culturales en América del Sur'. more >

Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Annual Report 2008

Annual Report of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa for the year ended 30 June 2008. more >

Grant distribution analysis Nov 2008

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has made available a grant distribuition analysis more >

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December 2008

Festivals in Europe

Festivals in Europe, by Anne-Marie Autissier looks at the booming of festivals throughout Europe and raises questions and analysis : How are festivals born, how do they develop? How do they balance local interaction and international cooperation? How do they economically, culturally or socially impact on their respective territories? more >

Arts Festivals' declaration on intercultural dialogue

On 17 November 2008 in Paris, 20 major festival directors from all over Europe and European Commissioner Ján Figel’ launched a statement of festivals’ future commitment to intercultural dialogue. The declaration underlines the strength of arts and culture and in particular festivals to enhance dialogue between cultures. more >

What instrumentalism? A public perception of value

The inquiry involved research and consultation to explore how members of the public value the arts and their priorities for public funding. more >

Research on the social and economical situation of literary translators

CEATL has just published its first research on the social and economical situation of literary translators in Europe. The main conclusion is that literary translators can not subsist in the conditions the market is imposing on them. A very serious problem in a continent that calls itself multicultural and multilinguistic. more >

Arts funding response and readiness kit

Americans for the Arts has developed an online toolkit to help arts organizations respond effectively in times of crisis. The Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit provides current information, key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research you need to make the case for keeping the arts in your community. more >

Catalan report on contemporary art fairs in Europe

The Ministry of Culture and Media of the Government of Catalonia has recently released a comparative report on the international profile and the organisational model of 13 contemporary art fairs in Europe. The report includes fairs initiated by public and private organisations, as well as those which are initiated by private bodies but have a strong public support. more >

Reaching common ground: culture, gender and human rights

The United Nations' Population Fund (UNFPA) presented its new State of the Wold Population 2008 report on 12 November. The report states that culture is a central component of successful development of poor countries, and must be integrated into development policy and programming. more >

Democratic Culture: Opening up the arts to everyone

This report looks at what ‘culture’ means today, and challenges audiences, critics and cultural professionals to change their attitudes in order to allow greater access and participation. more >

Making Meaning, Making Money: Directions for the Arts and Cultural Industries in the Creative Age

This book asks: are we are at ‘a new moment’ for cultural policy? more >

Taxation issues and the Australian arts industry

In 2008 Arts Queensland commissioned Brett Freudenberg from Griffith University to provide reports relating to taxation issues effecting the Arts industry in Australia. more >

Cultural Trends: Volume 17 Issue 4

Cultural Trends: Volume 17 Issue 4 is now available online at informaworld. more >

The writer’s guide to making a digital living

The writer's guide was developed through the Australia Council's Story of the Future project to explore the craft and business of writing in the digital era. more >

All America's a Stage

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Report on Nonprofit Theaters. It is the first NEA overview of the non-profit theater network in the United States. more >

Capitalising on culture: the impact of the European Capitals of Culture on the local independent cultural sector

Between 2007 and 2019, there could be as many as 180 cities bidding for the title of European Capital of Culture, according to a recently launched website for the Association of Candidate Cities to the European Capital of Culture. As more and more cities vie for the title, LabforCulture has been investigating the existing research on the subject, in partnership with Trans Europe Halles, a network of independent culture centres with 49 members in 25 countries. more >

Mobility ... Mobility ... Mobility ... a round up of current initiatives

OTM is delighted to see that mobility is currently the focus of many initiatives – research studies, working groups, reflection platforms and other developments, within the EU and other institutions and provides a round up of current initiatives now updated. more >

Worlds remade: inclusion through engagement with disability art

From the International Journal of Inclusive Education. This paper revisits the 2007 Disability Studies in Education Conference plenary session, ‘Using Disability Art in Teaching About Disability: Riva Lehrer, David Mitchell, Sharon Snyder and Linda Ware’.  more >

Optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The optional Protocol relating to the International Covenant on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) of the United Nations (1966) was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10th, 2008. more >

Don't panic: The impact of digital technology on the major performing arts

The Australia Council's major performing arts board has produced a discussion paper on the impact of digital technology on the sector. more >

Briefing to the Incoming Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

The breifing includes the context within which the Ministry operates, the work of the Ministry, staff and governance of the Ministry, cost of the work of the Ministry, working arrangements, and significant issues, and matters requiring early Ministerial attention. more >

Cultivating creativity

The Arts Council of Wales is delighted to publish its Annual Report, 2007/08, 'Cultivating Creativity'. This presents an overview of the Arts Council of Wales' activities over the last year, the achievements of its clients, performance against key targets and its aspirations for the future. more >

Creative economy as a development

A view of developing countries co-edited by Garimpo de Soluções and Itaú Cultural, this book aims to stimulate the debate around the creative economy and if it can be a development strategy and, if it can, what needs to be done to make it concrete. more >

Love your work: training, retaining and connecting artists in theatre

A new report into Australia's theatre sector highlights the many interconnections between artists, larger companies, smaller companies, venues and festivals. more >

Supporting excellence in the arts: from measurement to judgement

The McMaster Review  fails to resolve the inherent problems associated with defining, measuring and judging cultural “excellence”, even though this forms the core argument about how policy should develop. This may have significant implications for cultural institutions in the future. more >

Cultivating demand for the arts. Arts learning, arts engagement, and state arts policy

To shed light on the decline in demand for the nonprofit arts, the authors describe what it means to cultivate demand for the arts, examine how well U.S. institutions are serving this function, and discuss whether it is in the public interest to make such cultivation a higher priority than it has been in the past. more >

State arts policy. Trends and future prospects

This report, the fourth and final in a multiyear study, looks at state arts agencies' efforts to rethink their roles and missions, reflecting on what the changes may mean for the direction of state arts policy. more >

Exhibiting public value

This study provides the first major review of museum public finance in the United States. It explores public support from federal, state, and local government sources, focusing particular attention on levels of financial support and types of delivery mechanisms for public funding. Available for download. more >

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