Esa Rantanen has been a Secretary General for the Arts Council of Finland (ACF) since 2008. ACF is an expert body on art, subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Culture. ACF administers the main state support for artists through 9 National Arts Councils and 13 Regional Arts Councils. Mr. Rantanen has been working at ACF for over 20 years, as a Secretary for several National Arts Councils (including Literature, Visual Arts, Design and Sub-Committee for Children’s Culture) and for several working groups concerning the rearrangement of the Finnish arts council system. His interests cover financing the arts and culture, arts and cultural policies, artists policy, policy and programms for arts councils and agencies, economic well-being of artists.Tags: arts and cultural policies, Arts Policies, Arts Sectors, cultural funding, financing the arts and culture, Finland
The Association Hicter is a non-profit organisation established in 1980. Its goals are :
- The promotion and the public awareness of cultural democracy in Belgium, Europe and at the international level, by networking, analysis spreading and innovative actions.
- The empowerment of citizens thanks to an offer of cultural training programs and tools stressing interdisciplinary approach and co-operation at the European level.
- Cultural management training programs for cultural professionals. Its various training programs (such as yearly organised The European Diploma in Cultural Project Management ) enable operators to build bridges between the evolution of cultural practices and new needs concerning working methods and skills to develop.
As a provider of life-long learning services, the Association Hicter plays the interface between field operators and cultural decision-makers. It advocates culture among decision-makers and fosters cultural co-operation enabling partners to undertake common projects. The Association sometimes advises public cultural authorities. It plays a role in analyzing actual and future policies and actions through action-research programs produced in partnership with various European cultural organisations.
The Association Hicter manages various projects in partnership with European cultural organisations. They deal with the production of innovative cultural management training tools and with studies on cultural trends in Europe as well as on the transborder cultural co-operation practices.Tags: Belgium, cultural cooperation, cultural education, cultural funding, cultural management, cultural policy, cultural research, culture and society, EU, networking
Relais Culture Europe is French non-profit making association that offers expertise and training to professionals as regards setting up networks for their European initiatives, finding partners or taking measures that may further the development of cooperation and mobility projects in Europe. Relais Culture Europe also provides guidance to project managers as well as government agencies at the national, local and regional levels involved in pan-European cultural cooperation projects.
It acts as a Cultural Contact Point for the “Culture 2000″ programme, for the key action “The City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage” as well as for the programmes relating to the Information Society, and launches awareness campaigns and provides documentation and information on all of the European Community programmes and European networks.Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural funding, cultural management, cultural policy, culture and society, EU, France, networking
The Centre for Contemporary Art (KSA:K) was founded to promote contemporary visual arts in Moldova. It aims to link the local cultural tradition with the processes of contemporary art in the world. The KSA:K is supported by the Soros Foundation, Moldova. The Centre’s mission is to contribute to the recognition of the contemporary art practices in the Republic of Moldova by “the encouragement of the new forms of artistic and cultural expression that would reflect the dynamics of the social, political and economical transformations of the country” (www.art.md). The Centre emphasizes on supporting a new generation of socially active artists, capable of questioning the legitimacy of the official cultural policy, with its inheritance of the totalitarian past. It organizes courses, workshops and presentations to promote contemporary audiovisual video arts. The KSA:K is also supervising an extensive video archive for national and international video art as well as a database with information about artists in Moldova and a library with catalogues, periodicals and studies in history and art critics.Tags: cultural funding, cultural management, Eastern Europe, Moldova
MCCA is committed to promoting Malta’s culture through all forms of creative expression, increasing the accessibility of the public to the arts and enhancing Malta’s cultural heritage locally and abroad. Its priorities are:
- to create art strategies that will enable fulfillment of the cultural policy according to contemporary practices;
- to broaden the scope and quality of cultural support to artists;
- to secure a foundation for artistic development;
- to build a culture of co-operation between cultural institutions and the arts community.
MCCA develops and funds cultural events, activities and art forms and it helps individuals, groups and organisations further their creativity and share their work with a wider public. Furthermore, it promotes international cultural cooperation.Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural funding, cultural policy, Malta, Mediterranean
The purpose of the Culture Capital Foundation (CCF) is to promote a balanced development of creative arts, education and the preservation of cultural heritage. CCF’s tasks include promotion of creative arts processes, financing arts and research projects by individuals and legal entities in the cultural sector, awarding honorary scholarships to outstanding representatives of culture and arts, promotion of education and improvement of professional qualifications, development of international cooperation and popularisation of Latvian arts and sciences abroad. The CCF activities are focused on the areas of Literature, Music and Dance, Theatrical arts, Film arts, Visual arts, Cultural Heritage, Traditional Culture, and Architecture.