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Apr 13, 2020

This report is a summary of the results of the monitoring and evaluation activities carried out during the CONNECT over a period of 36 months from 1/01/2017 – 31/12/2019.

It is an attempt to narrate what has been happening, it probably reflects the complexity of the project and what we have achieved, less all the encounters, the serendipity moments, the tough parts and the good parts, that everyone involved from the project consortium contributed to.

We thank all the directly involved 165 beneficiaries: 63 students from Arts/Heritage/Culture Masters’ courses, 61 practitioners from 21 museums, 18 theatres, 6 cultural centers, 5 festivals, 4 orchestras, 3 libraries, 1 historical archive and 12 other types of cultural enterprises from Denmark, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK. In addition, also 41 mentors, expert in audience development and cultural management, to support the students and practitioner during the learning programme and all the other stakeholders that supported us through this journey.

The twin track programme reflects the density and the diversity of the cultural sector across Europe, which is seen as a valuable aspect of the sector and the project.

This report has been bone By Melting Pro in collaboration with the external evaluator DISAMIS.


Apr 07, 2020

Are you interested in getting to know the outcomes of our CONNECT TTP? If that’s the case, then keep reading and download our Evaluation Report!!!!

The report summarises the results of the evaluation of the training programme, both of the single distinctive features of the CONNECT programme – twin track of students and professionals, mentoring scheme and Action Research – and of the overall process.

In the report, you will find the learning outcomes for participants in terms of hard and soft skills, the impacts on their career development and the outcomes for the involved cultural organisations. Conclusions summarise what worked best and what to improve, and envision the main challenges for future programmes aimed to equip the cultural sector with the means to face a changing social and economic environment.


Mar 24, 2020

In June  2018 Melting Pro welcomed the Connect partners in Rome for the final review of the theoretical modules, teaching methods and a train the training on mentoring lead by Adrian De La Court and Sian Prime of Goldsmith University of London.

Taking the opportunity of the European colleagues’ presence in our city, Melting Pro in collaboration  with the Culture Department of the City of Rome, and the Istituzione Sistema Biblioteche Centri Culturali  organised an event “Connect Rome - Conversations on Audience Development, Cultural policies and Higher Education".

Local cultural professionals attended the event at the Library Institute of Rome, a long-standing and active cultural organisation next to the famous Villa Borghese. The event was organised by Melting Pro and the project partner CKI in collaboration with the municipality of Rome.

This report shares the outcomes of those conversations around four themes, which are central to the training delivered within the Connect project:

Capturing Data

Engagement

Cultural policies

Skills and training needs

The key questions that were discussed were:

·      How can cultural organisations become more relevant?

·      How can they be part of building a different future?

·      What skills do cultural professionals need to develop?

·      How can we understand our audiences?

The event was labelled as a European Year for Cultural Heritage event since it aimed also to reflect on how audience development could make cultural heritage more relevant to audiences, more connected to their needs, more inclusive and sustainable in the long term.

We are hopeful that readers will find the outcomes useful for their job in becoming more audience focused.


Oct 11, 2019

ADESTE+ Lisbon Summer School "Empowering audiences, reimagining culture" is the first one of a series of 3 that will be developed in 2019 // 2020 // 2021, in the framework of the ADESTE+ project. It was from September 23 to 27, 2019 at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

The ADESTE+ Lisbon Summer School fosters a hands-on approach, which introduces participants to the overall conceptual and theoretical framework of audience development and invites them to engage proactively with participating organizations, practitioners and experts.

This is the first day video:

People and communities as a core value: placing audiences at the centre

Teresa Patrício Gouveia, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Susana Gomes da Silva, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Inês Câmara, Mapa de Ideias

Placing audiences at the centre

Alessandra Gariboldi, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo
Anne Torreggiani, The Audience Agency


Placing audiences at the centre – What does it mean?
3 different institutions, many questions

Alessandra Gariboldi, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo
Anne Torreggiani, The Audience Agency
Susana Menezes, Teatro Lu.ca
Sara Duarte, Anabela Almeida, Alfredo Martins, Teatro Meia volta
Alda Galsterer, Fernando Belo, Carpintarias S. Lázaro


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