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Maria Kouri

Maria Kouri is a  researcher and university lecturer. She teaches cultural policy and administration classes in academic institutions in Greece. She has worked for cultural organizations and policy bodies and has participated in research projects in Austria, Greece and England. Her fields of interest include: cultural policy, Greek governmental policies for culture, culture and tourism, audience development, audience research, regional regeneration, cultural diplomacy.

She has worked as Councillor to the Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture on contemporary arts and international cultural policy and as Consultant to the Economic and Social Committee of Greece. Moreover, Maria has worked for arts organizations in England, Austria and Greece in the fields of audience research, marketing and artistic production, including the Vienna Volksoper, the Kalamata International Dance Festival, the Athens Concert Hall, the Niederösterreichischer Operettenfestspiele, the Marionettentheater Schloss Schönbrunn Wien, the Warwick Arts Society, etc.

Maria has received her PhD from the University of Vienna (Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies – Austria) and her thesis concentrated on audience development for non-profit arts organizations. She completed a MA in European Cultural Policy and Administration at the University of Warwick (Centre for Cultural Policy Studies – England) supported by the “Alexandra Triandi” scholarship by the “Friends of Music” Association (Greece). She received her BA (Hons) in Communication, Mass Media and Culture from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Dpt. for Communications, Mass Media and Culture – Branch: cultural administration – Greece). During her undergraduate studies she received scholarships (1997, 1998) and awards of excellence (1997, 1998, 1999) by the Institute of State Scholarships (Greece).

Since 2005 she teaches various classes on cultural policy and administration at academic institutions in Greece. Maria has been lecturing at the University of Peloponnese at the Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management (2005 till present), at the Department of Theatre Studies (2006-2007, 2011-12), at the Department of Economic Sciences (2011-12) and at the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus at the Department of Folk and Popular Music (2005-2007). In 2011 she was elected to the position of Lecturer at the University of the Peloponnese (Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management).

Maria has participated in research projects in Greece and abroad, mainly on audience research and on developing strategies for audience development and regional regeneration through the arts. She has completed a post-doctoral research with a scholarship by the Institute of State Scholarships (Greece) on audience development for opera as a factor of central and regional cultural regeneration. She was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to conduct research at the University of Chicago (Cultural Policy Center, Illinois).

She has received scholarships by the Richard Wagner Society (Austria, 2005) for attending the Bayreuth Festival as well as by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Japan in Vienna (Austria, 2003) for a cultural-educational fortnight in Japan as a member of a pan-European young people’s group. She has also authored numerous articles in edited books, journals and conference proceedings.

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The Finnish Cultural Foundation

The Finnish Cultural Foundation aim is to promote and develop cultural and economic life in Finland. In line with this, the Foundation provides grants to individuals and groups in the field of sciences and the arts, and to people and organizations in other fields of intellectual and cultural endeavour. The Foundation also supports larger projects through substantial grants. Grants are awarded annually from the Foundation’s Central Fund and 17 Regional Funds, as well as various donor funds, in accordance with the wishes of the donors concerned and the regulations governing the funds in question.

Additionaly, the Foundation also arranges courses, lectures, and other events in the arts, sciences, and other fields. It manages an art collection and promotes various projects contributing to the arts and sciences in Finland. The Foundation is also ready to address challenges that call for rapid action and funding. A good example of this is the “National Book Drive” launched in 2007, a three-year joint initiative to encourage libraries across Finland to increase their acquisitions.

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The Council of Danish Artists

The Council of Danish Artists is an “umbrella” association for the professional artists memeber organizations in various disciplines. Each of the organizations has a representative in the Council and takes part in working groups and discussion.  The aim of the Council is:

  • To work for the common interests of the professional artists in all aspects – political, social, economical and judicial,
  • To influence national and local culture policies and other policy areas relevant for the artists,
  • To promote arts and artists in the society.
The activities and projects include following topics and areas:
  • The municipality reform in Denmark
  • Cultural diversity
  • Nordic cultural cooperation
  • Taxation
The CDA is funded through the memeber organizations and the Danish Government financial support.
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Dan-Eugen Ratiu

Dan-Eugen Ratiu is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research interests include Arts and cultural policies and practices; Art and public space; Status of the artist, as well as Modernist aesthetics and criticism; Postmodern art theories and practices; and Ontology of art.  He  teaches various art relaed courses, such as Art Institutions and Cultural Policies,  Status of the Artist in Post-Modern Culture, Art Philosophy, and Contemporay Theories of Art. Ratiu was a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University in Boston (2010), an A.W.Mellon Visiting Fellow 2007/2008 at IWM Vienna, and Visiting Professor at de l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales  Paris (2004) and Maison des Sciences Paris (2003).  He is author of  several books and scientific articles, including:

  • Ratiu, Dan-Eugen (2009) ‘Cultural Policy and Values: Intrinsic versus Instrumental? The Case of Romania’, IN: The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society Vol. 39, no.1, Spring pp.24-44.
  • Ratiu, Dan-Eugen (2007) ‘Arts Support System in a Transitional Society: Romania 1990-2006′, IN: The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society Vol.37, no.3, Fall pp.201-224.
  • Ratiu, Dan-Eugen (2007) ‘L’artiste: immunité ou responsabilité ? Considérations sur l’usage des catégories éthico–juridiques dans le monde de l’art’, IN: Revue Francophone d’Esthétique no.4 pp.101-126.
  • Ratiu, Dan-Eugen (2007) ‘Financing the Arts and Culture in Romania: Practices of Support and their Consequences,’, IN: The interactions between public and private financing of the arts and culture Erasmus University / Boekman Foundation, Amsterdam pp.38-56.
  • Ratiu, Dan-Eugen (2006) ‘The Subsidized Muse or the Market-oriented Muse? Supporting Artistic Creation in Romania between State Intervention and Art Market’, IN: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies Vol. V, no.13 Spring pp.106-127.
  • Ratiu, Dan-Eugen (2005) ‘Cultural Policy in Romania: Justifications, Values and Constraints. A Philosophical Approach’, IN: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies Vol. IV, n0.12, Winter pp.101-123.
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Blerina Berberi

Blerina Berberi is a freelance arts manager based in Tirana, Albania. Through education, policy evaluation and project implementation, her work is focusing at encouraging investments in arts, as well as, on education and financial status of the artist. Her research focuses on the art market, creative industries, activities and understanding its mechanisms. Berberi  received  BA and MA  in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education in the Netherlands.  She worked at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands, and  The European Fine Arts and Antiques Fair (TEFAF) for the Ribolzi Gallery from Monaco. Berberi has  been involved in several cultural and artistic projects in the city of Maastricht. In Albania, she has worked as a coordinator for International Art Competitions at the National Arts Gallery, Specialist of Integration and Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports.  She is working as an independent arts manager on several artistic and cultural projects in Albania  in cooperation with international and national  organizations.

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Antonio Lampis

Antonio Lampis  is the Director of the Department of Italian Culture at the Autonomous Province of Bolzano. Previously he worked at the State Commissary’s Office for the Province of Bolzano, and he performed consultative activities for the Presidency of the Council of the Ministries. He is the vice-president of the Civic Theater and Auditorium Foundation of Bolzano and MUSEION Foundation. Mr Lampis  holds  a degree in Law.  He is a publicist, author of two monographs  and lectures on subjects related to the rights for linguistic minorities, public management and cultural marketing.


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