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By enhancing cultural participation among Europeans, will the values of tolerance, trust and willingness to engage respectfully with others be strengthened, and more open, inclusive societies emerge as a result?

A link has been made in recent years between a strong, well-functioning democracy and an abundance of cultural opportunities for all. Societies are said to be more open, tolerant and economically successful when people have easy access to a wide range of cultural activities and when participation rates in these activities are high. This first Council of Europe thematic report on culture and democracy specifically explores the relation between cultural participation and aspects of inclusive societies in Europe, such as tolerance and trust, and underlines the potential power of culture in nurturing them.

The report is based on the Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy, developed by the Council of Europe and the Hertie School of Governance, in co-operation with the European Cultural Foundation. It was published in December 2016. 

May 20, 2019

Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries is the first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries, and was released by Create London and Arts Emergency on April 16th, 2018.

The paper is part of the wider Panic! project initiated in 2015, that takes an unprecedented look at social mobility and inequality within the cultural and creative industries in the UK. Led by academics Drs Dave O’Brien, Orian Brook, and Mark Taylor from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield, the paper highlights the significant exclusions of those from working class origins, women and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds across the cultural and creative industries, which include the arts, music, publishing, advertising and IT.

Jun 22, 2018

This social media manual approaches useful hints and tips which have been drawn together from a series of workshops that took place in June 2016 by Christopher Hogg and colleagues. Aimed at arts and culture organisations throughout the EU, this manual will help to explore how companies can expand their online brand so as to push both the reach and significance of their current eff­orts.

In a time when audiences for NGO arts in the United States are dwindling, artists and organizations are working diligently to build audiences for the future.  These efforts are at their best challenging old models, embracing technology and changing the composition of arts audiences. The idea of “audience,” however, focuses attention on one particular kind of relationship.  How do we encourage non-arts professionals to support and participate in the arts beyond attendance?  Is this the responsibility of the organization or of the artist?  What would be the benefits of cultivating non-attendance behavior?  What are the obstacles the arts community must overcome?  And how must we think differently if we are to move forward in this new millennium?  Join Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program Director Ben Cameron as he shares the evolution and discoveries being made in building demand for NGO arts.

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