cultural education

Zofia Dworakowska

Zofia Dworakowska is a cultural anthropologist, theatrologist, as well as a researcher of independent culture, community arts and art in the public space. She is the Head of the Culture Animation specialization in the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. She is responsible for a unit aimed at preparing students to run their own cultural projects.

She has organized and led workshops, work exchanges and study trips in the framework of international projects funded by European Commission Programs.  She was a Polish coordinator of DNA (Development of New Art) – a project funded from the EU program Culture 2007-2013. She has been coordinating different European projects, such as:

  • Leonardo da Vinci Program: HANDMADE – Culture animation: learning through practice; 
  • LOCALISE – Study trip as model of research, education and practice in vocational training in culture animation and community work


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Marie-Christine Bordeaux

Marie-Christine Bordeaux is a Vice-president for Culture and Student Life of Stendhal University in Grenoble. She is a deputy publications director of the review Culture et Musees, and second-in-charge of l’ARC 5 ‘Cultures Sciences, Societies and Mediations’. She is a member of the High Council for artistic and cultural education, for what are known as specific public groups, amateurs and for current issues of democratization and cultural democracy.

Marie-Christine Bordeaux has conducted research on forms of cooperation between artists and scientists and  has a number of publications including: ‘For the right to artistic education. A Franco-German plea’ (2014), ‘Artistic education, eternal return? A national ambition put to the test at local and regional levels’ (2013), ‘Amateur theatre and the experience of art. Accompaniment and autonomy’ (2011) etc.

She has directed several collective publications and collaborates regularly with the Observatory of Cultural Policy.

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Nancy Duxbury

Nancy Duxbury, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal (since 2009), and Co-coordinator of its Cities, Cultures and Architecture Research Group. Her current research focuses on culture in sustainable development, and the integration of culture within local planning initiatives internationally. Nancy is Chair of the “Policies” working group of the European COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action on “Investigating Cultural Sustainability” and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

She is internationally published, and has been a guest editor for the journals Culture and Local Governance, Society and Leisure, Cescontexto – Debates, Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais and Canadian Journal of Communication. She is editor of the book “Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Toward More Sustainable Communities” (2013) and co-editor of “Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry” (forthcoming).

Nancy has organized a series of international scientific events and panels investigating the place of cultural initiatives and policy within urban development, among other topics. Recent examples are: “Digital Worlds: Mapping Local Cultures and Telling Local Stories”, Panel Session at the World Social Science Forum (October 2013); “Urban (Ir)rationalities: Between Global Dynamics and Local Collective Actions”, 23rd International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA) conference (June 2013); “Investigating Culture, Cultural Policy, and Sustainable Development”, Thematic Session at the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) (July 2012); “Rethinking Urban Inclusion: Spaces, Mobilisations, Interventions” international conference (June 2012); “Placing Culture in Sustainable Development: Policies, Strategies and Processes”, COST Action Symposium (May 2012); “Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Innovation and Sustainability”, international symposium and workshops (September 2011).

She has been an invited lecturer at the University of Jväskylä, Finland; IULM (Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne) University, Milan, Italy; and the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She also was a Topic Trainer in a cultural policy exchange workshop for the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, covering Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, in April 2013.

Prior to moving to Portugal, Nancy co-founded and worked as Director of Research of the Creative City Network of Canada, a knowledge sharing and professional development network for municipal staff working on cultural development in about 130 municipalities across Canada (to 2006). From 2005 to 2009, she was Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities at Simon Fraser University, and managed a major research project on cultural infrastructure.

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Jorge Cerveira Pinto

Jorge Cerveira Pinto is the executive designer of Experimenta Design Association (, national coordinator of the “Criatividade Portugal – Programa de Apoio ao Empreendedorismo no Sector Cultural e Criativo” programme and Non-Executive Director of the INOVA agency (

He graduated in Business and Management at the University of Porto Faculty of Economics and has postgraduate degrees in Cultural Management in Cities (University of Lisabon, INDEG), Communication, Culture and Information Technologies (University of Lisabon, ISCTE) and Cultural and Patrimonial Law (University of Lisabon, Faculty of Law). Presently he is developing a PhD on the subject of cultural diplomacy.

Jorge has been invited to lecture at various teaching establishments, including lecturing modules for the 1st and 2nd education cycles. He is author of various articles on sponsorship, patronage, and marketing for non-profit institutions, cultural economics and management published in national and international magazines. He was also an Individual Expert for EuropeAid (European Comission), consultant of the EuroMed programme, UNESCO, and expert for the Culture, Europe for Citizen, MEDIA and UrbAct programmes.

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University of Hildesheim Department of Cultural Policy

The Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, founded in 1998, focuses its work on the representatives, the content and the structures of cultural policies, arts management and arts education in Germany and in international contexts. The close relation to the Departments of Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Literature, Popular Culture, Media and Philosophy at the University enables it to teach and research areas of cultural policy and management which take account of the audience and are also appropriate to the arts. The Department of Cultural Policy embraces a concept of culture which is on the one hand focused on the theory and practice of the arts, and on the other hand, on the sociological, educational, political and economic effects of artistic and creative processes in society.

It has three professorships and currently five research assistants. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider is in charge of the field of cultural policy, Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel of the field of cultural management and Prof. Vanessa-Isabelle Reinwand-Weiss of the field of arts education. They are responsible for the following areas of research:

Cultural Policy:

  • of local, national, European and international organizations
  • for theatre, fine arts, media, music, literature, community-arts, arts education
  • for different target groups
  • for cultural industries
  • for arts and development

Arts and Cultural Management and Mediation:

  • audience development
  • public relations for the arts
  • visitors and non-visitors studies
  • cultural entrepreneurship

Arts Education:

  • theory and history of arts education in a national and international perspective
  • quality-standards of arts education
  • impacts of arts education and research methods
  • mapping arts education

In addition to individual research projects, research work on all these themes is conducted within the framework of doctoral theses. Alongside basic research the Department of Cultural Policy consults government and non-government institutions in the field of politics as well as arts organizations.

Since 2012 the Department has hosted the UNESCO Chair “Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development,” coordinated by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad. The areas of responsibility covered by the chair comprise:

  • the role of the artist in social and political transformation processes
  • the influence of cultural policy on changing government structures
  • concepts and needs for arts education in Africa as well as in other developing countries and countries in transition
  • structuring training programmes in the field of cultural policy and arts management
  • the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
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Fibicc – Iberoamerican Foundation for the Cultural and Creative Industries

Fibicc is a nonprofit institution that promotes training, cooperation and specific research in the fields of culture, art and creativity, in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

It’s mission is to contribute to social and economic development through the promotion of cultural entrepreneurship, creative community support schemes, the establishment of collaborative networks and through research of cultural policies and management models in the field of creative industries.

It’s aim is to respond to the growing importance of cultural and creative industries in the global economic scenario by:

  • Supporting those who want to innovate in the field of culture and creativity worldwide, from entrepreneurs to managers, designers, programmers and researchers;
  • Contributing to the development of top professionals in the industry through our educational programmes in collaboration with several universities and academic institutions;
  • Encouraging the development of culture in Spain, Latin America and Africa;
  • And making regular research and divulgation work in order to help consolidate and improve practices within an industry with a long road ahead.

It’s goals are:

  • The promotion of Spanish and Latin American culture, with a special focus on the use of new technologies.
  • The promotion and encouragement of cultural and creative industries throughout the Spanish territory, with a special interest in supporting young cultural actors, and therefore entrepreneurship.
  • To promote research and development of technological and digital media tools for cultural and creative entrepreneurs.
  • The strengthening of vocational education and specialized training in the sector;
  • To encourage and contribute to scientific research and dissemination in the field of cultural economy.
  • Promoting international development cooperation in the field of arts and culture.
  • The transmission of the social economy’s values.
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Banlieues d’Europe

Banlieues d’Europe is a European resource and network centre of cultural and artistic innovation based in France. The network is constituted of cultural actors, artists, militants, social workers, local councillors and researchers bringing together 300 international active partners and 5000 contacts in Europe. Their joint objective is to exchange practices and information and to get away from isolation in order to valorise cultural action projects in deprived neighborhoods with excluded communities. To achieve such goal the centre organizes meetings, seminars, training courses and publications of meeting reports, and other works centered on cultural democracy. Additionally Banlieues d’Europe participates in different research projects at European level. The network brings its support to the identification of practices in European cultural institutions and artists, and provides an interface with university research. Banlieues d’Europe is also solicited for expertise in Europe: – Urbact programmes, DG Education-Culture, DG Social Affairs.

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International Organisation of La Francophonie

The International Organisation of La Francophonie acts as one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world representing 56 member states and 19 observers. Sharing humanist values and promoting the French language are two cornerstones which the International Organisation of La Francophonie is based on. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its member states and governments by organising political activities and actions of multilateral cooperation that benefit, enhance and promote cultural and linguistic diversity, peace and democracy, sustainable development and education. La Francophonie is also committed to fighting the cultural and linguistic standardization that is a consequence of globalisation.

IOF has concluded 33 cooperation agreements with international and regional organisations and has established permanent dialogue between the major international linguistic zones (the English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arab-speaking zones). The IOF has its head office in Paris as well as four permanent representations in Addis Ababa (at the African Union and at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), in Brussels (at the European Union), in New York and in Geneva (at the UN). It has three regional offices (West Africa ; Central Africa and Indian Ocean ; Asia-Pacific) located respectively in Lomé (Togo), Libreville (Gabon) and Hanoi (Vietnam) and two regional antennas in Bucharest (Romania) and in Port-au-Prince (Haiti).

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Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning – NCK

The Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning (NCK) is a Nordic collaborative initiative for creative research and experimental method development within the field of cultural heritage learning. Its aim is to  use applied cultural heritage learning as a tool to achieve overall social development through, for example, advanced tourism or creative social learning initiatives. The research and development projects ran by the NCK enable and promote lifelong learning, regional development, sustainable growth, policy development and its impact at the Nordic, European and international level. NCK also acts as an information centre where research, knowledge and ideas are systematically gathered and disseminated. NCK’s objectives are to:

  • gather in and convey experiences and research results
  • encourage skills development and education
  • initiate, carry out and act as an arena for research and development projects
  • constitute a natural meeting place for those who are active within the field

NCK was founded in 2005 by the three cultural heritage institutions that shared a long-standing involvement in cultural heritage learning issues with support from leading universities and cultural heritage institutions throughout the Nordic region. The organization is based in Östersund, Sweden and run jointly by JamtliThe Popular Movement Archives in Jämtland County and The Regional State Archives in Östersund and is a member of a number of organisations and networks focusing on cultural and educational issues.

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