2015 survey on International Entrepreneurship in the Arts

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies IFACCA is offering online the 2015 survey on International Entrepreneurship in the Arts D’Art 48 which presents the results of a 2015 survey on International Entrepreneurship in the Arts, disseminated among its members.

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D’Art 48: International Entrepreneurship in the Arts, source: ifacca.org

The report has a list of examples of government support for international entrepreneurship in the arts which is quite limited but might be of use to some professionals. See page 10.

I can’t really tell how useful is this data as it comes from different professionals and seems based on estimations of those respondents rather than proven data but I invite you to check on your own.

For more info, click here.




stART It Up: Cultural Entrepreneurship Forum

ACM Connects, an initiative of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media of the University of Toronto, Canada that supports the departmental academic curriculum by presenting a range of artistic, cultural, and scholarly programming each year, is organizing next Wednesday 8 February a panel and workshop entitled ‘stART It Up: Cultural Entrepreneurship Forum’.

The panel of community and alumni ‘Cultural Entrepreneurs’ will try to help participants “understand more about this rapidly growing field and to see how they can be a part of it. The talk will be followed by a workshop and small group discussion. The organizers are inviting participants to bring their ideas and explore how they can ‘stART It Up’ too.”

For more info on the ACM Connects program, click here.

For registering at the event, click here.

How folk art can turn people into cultural entrepreneurs

I was reading a Fortune.com article published some months ago on folk art (an expression of the world’s traditional cultures according to the International Folk Art Alliance) and how it empowers people to empower other people and communities in financially poor environments.

As women and their children are very often the victims of poverty and violence, the reading gave me the impression that a growing folk art market can be a kind of social catalyst for taking people out of their difficult situations. Even more, it is enabling them to multiply this effect by sharing know-how and access to knowledge. The reason for doing so is that is turns those creators into entrepreneurs who scale and impact their local communities.

One of the most interesting parts of the article read as follows:

“Folk art, which has helped to deliver daily life improvements even in the most remote regions of the earth, offer many lessons that can ultimately yield wider spread gains, contends Manuel Montoya, an economist at the University of New Mexico. Montoya has grown impatient with the constant handwringing over globalism’s impact on local economies. He sees a reverse connection: village economies can offer a nutritious feed to an economy that is dominated by mass production. Increasingly, the globalized economy hungers for the unique and locally made.”

For more info here is a link to the article.

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