The African Arts Institute based in Cape Town, South Africa has launched in 2015 a program called Cultural Accelerator which engages 17 arts entrepreneurs from 10 different communities within the greater Cape Town community. As part of the program, they have created the “Learning Space” concept as “a space for peer reflection, collaborative learning and to enhance the impact of the programme specifically in terms of local community-building.
The Cultural Accelerator Learning Space is a bi-monthly feedback session on the development and progress of each entrepreneur in terms of their business and personal goals. Here each person is reviewed by their peers, and are given critical feedback on their progress and future plans for their business and cultural initiatives.
While checking their website, I didn’t find any recent activities, so I am not sure if the program goes on or has concluded a couple of cycles.
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.
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.
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.