Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Launch of a new journal: Cultural Policy Update (CPU)

Cultural Policy Update (CPU) is an international e-journal of the Boekman Foundation.  The Boekman is a Study centre for arts, culture and related policy. The Boekman Foundation collects and disseminates knowledge and information about the arts and culture in both policy and practice. It stimulates research and the development of opinion on the production, distribution and take-up of the arts and on national and international policy on the arts and culture. This journal of theirs is a great resource for learning about cultural policy within the global arena. The publication cover policies, practices, opportunities and research in the area of Culture. I really enjoy reading this publication and I hope you do to. If you enjoy the sections of the articles that I have below and want to read the entire volume you can download it for free from the site.

The below information was taken from the Boekman Foundation website and the Cultural Policy Update, vol. 1, no. 1, Spring 2011.
Cultural Policy Update (CPU) is an international e-journal reflecting on recent development in cultural policies. CPU aims to stir up the worldwide debate about changes in art support systems due to globalization, economic crises, new market opportunities et cetera. It serves as a platform for new points of view and arguments. CPU contains essential reading for cultural policy makers, researchers, students, art lovers, cultural workers and professionals with an interest in arts and culture. It is published by the Boekman Foundation in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The below are two sections from CPU vol. 1, no. 1, Spring 2011

Supporting the arts in spinning times
In large parts of the world culture and cultural policies are under pressure. To resist the gloom of recession, old mindsets must be relinquished and replaced by new, positive ways of thinking. Now more than ever, an exchange of arguments and analyses is at the fore. In this first issue of Cultural Policy Update support models from Europe, Asia and Australia are under scrutiny. The old model of the patron state is wearing out; much is expected from a diversification of funding sources. This includes the use of trading and contracting models, as well as an increase in private support. Besides, new types of investment are in demand. A democratic and dynamic society needs the arts, which should engage with other domains in society. This is where their added value for society lies. Artists, cultural institutions and governments alike have to leave their comfort zone to establish new alliances.
Outside the comfort zone
“In December 2010 Secretary of State for Culture Jeremy Hunt unveiled his new philanthropy strategy which includes an £80 million match funding scheme for donations, fundraising skills development, supporting legacy giving and the development of endowments”. This quotation can be found in the article by Clive Gray and Jennie Jordan who write about the pressure on the system of state support in the United Kingdom. The quotation is at the same time representative of the new ways of looking at the support system in many parts of the world, partly caused by the financial crises, partly because the old models are worn out.

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