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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. 


Jun 19, 2019

In July 2016, Acesso Cultura | Access Culture presented a project to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which involved a series of meetings at national level (namely, the 21 intermunicipal communities and the two autonomous regions – Azores and Madeira), in order to reflect on what constitutes a barrier to cultural participation. The two metropolitan areas (Lisbon and Porto), where Acesso Cultura has a more permanent and intense presence, were excluded from the project.
Acesso Cultura considers that, thanks to the continuous promotion of accessibility and the legislation in force, professionals in the cultural sector are more aware now of the existence of physical barriers to cultural venues. However, in addition to the legislation not being implemented, it is also true that our reflection on access does not go much further than the physical aspect and, even in this case, beyond the need for ramps and adapted bathrooms.


El fenómeno de la participación social, impulsado por el auge de las nuevas tecnologías, ha planteado un nuevo escenario y nuevos interrogantes para los profesionales y teóricos del museo. Para muchos de ellos, la participación se ha convertido en un pilar del nuevo paradigma del siglo XXI, en el que la co-creación desempeña un papel fundamental. Sin embargo, la terminología que rodea la participación en las artes se encuentra en un estado de cambio y tanto el concepto de participación como el de co-creación son conceptos ambiguos y son múltiples los usos e interpretaciones que se les otorgan. Este artículo se propone reflexionar sobre el binomio museo y co-creación a partir de una extensa revisión bibliográfica.

Artículo de Macarena Cuenca-Amigo Universidad de Deusto y Zaloa Zabala-Inchaurraga Universidad Yasar (Turquía) en la revista HER&MUS (Heritage and Museography) publicado en septiembre 2018. 


Mar 22, 2019

How to you pull people from different sectors together to build an unknown outcome in 3 days? Started with seeing tweets from France and then wanting to get involved in something I didn’t really know what it was. It is something you have to experience to appreciate. I went to MuseoMix in France 2012 and even though didn’t understand language, knew the framework was something that could really remix and shake up museums!

The key idea was allowing other sectors to have input. For our first year, it was a little complicated getting a community but I called in favors from friends and paid them with cake and smiles. I knew they would get something out of it. Up until our first day, there was confusion but with the framework that allows for growth with some guidance the community was able to achieve a level of re-thinking they did not think would be possible. Since then we have done another MuseomixUK and rebranded to Open Community Lab to branch out to health care and other sectors.

Video of Mar DIXON (Open Community Lab and MuseomixUK, UK) at the Conference Marketing de las Artes in Madrid 2016. 


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