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The African Itinerant College for Culture and Development Programme (1999-2002)

The African Itinerant College for Culture and Development (AICCD) is a regional coordinating and monitoring body for a network of experts and institutions involved in research, training, documentation and information dissemination on culture and development in Africa. (See Culturelink no. 26/November 1998, pp. 13-14.)

The College's activities are organized within two interrelated programme elements - a Core Programme (carried out by the College through direct support for specific target groups) and a Regional Specialization Programme (implemented through a regional network system). Within the framework of these activities the College has issued some publications describing the main projects:

I. Core Programme:

  • Consolidation of the African Itinerant College for Culture and Development. Expected starting date: June 1999;
  • Documentation, Publication and Public Information Services for Culture and Development in Africa. Expected starting date: July 1999;
  • Foundation Course on Culture and Development in Africa for Development Practitioners and Agents. Expected starting date: August 1999.

II. Regional Specialization Programme:

  • Cultural Dimensions of Grassroots Support to Participatory Development in Africa. Expected starting date: May 1999;
  • Cultural Dimensions of Economic Development and Planning in Africa. Expected starting date: May 1999;
  • The Development of Training Packages for the Teaching of Culture and Development in Africa. Expected starting date: July 1999.

Each of these publications contains the project information in brief, its description, activities, target beneficiaries, resource inputs, budget estimates, action plan, and the project evaluation.

The AICCD has also published a background document on International Instruments and Meetings Enabling the Creation of the African Itinerant College for Culture and Development and the Donors Prospectus.

The Donors Meeting of the AICCD was held in Dakar, Senegal, 17-18 February 1999. The Summary Report of the meeting is available from Culturelink upon request.

The Culturelink Network is included in the Programme as an external collaborating network/institution.

For more information, please contact: Burama K. Sagnia, Coordinator, African Itinerant College for Culture and Development, c/o United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), B.P. 3186, Dakar, Senegal, tel.: (221) 823 48 31 / 823 10 20; fax: (221) 822 29 64; e-mail: idep@sonatel.senet.net; http://www.un.org/Depts/eca/idep

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Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue: An Action Programme for Youth

After more than two years of lobbying by youth organisations for a youth programme in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Agreement, the European Commission has established a Euro-Mediterranean Youth Action Programme. This will be a biannual pilot action starting on 1st January 1999, with a budget of 9.7 million Euro.

The main aim of this new programme is to contribute to an active integration of young people in the social and professional life and to ensure the democratic process of the civil societies of the twelve Mediterranean partners, signatories of the Barcelona Declaration.

The beneficiaries are youths between 15 and 25 years old, especially those with no chances or with limited possibilities of benefiting from mobility activities, notably young women. This programme will cover activities such as exchanges, voluntary service, training, seminars, and study visits.

Furthermore, the Mediterranean Youth Forum was established in Malta in May 1998. This is a platform aimed at co-ordinating information and actions of youth organisations in the South-East Mediterranean region, supporting their endogenous development. Recognising the potential of the Mediterranean Youth Forum as an instrument for youth co-operation and development in the Mediterranean basin, both the EU and the Council of Europe (North-South Centre and Youth Directorate) were actively involved in the establishment of the Mediterranean Youth Forum and have pledged to continue this involvement with the work of the Forum.

For more information, please contact: Marisa Atienza Morales, European Youth Forum, 120 rue Joseph II, 1040 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: (32) 2 230 64 90.

(Source: The Interdependent, no. 74/1999)

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Africa 2009: Conservation of Immovable Cultural Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa

This programme was launched at a meeting held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, in March of 1998. It is a partnership involving ICCROM, the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO, CRATerre-EAG, and African institutions involved in heritage conservation. The programme is designed as an integrated approach to immovable heritage conservation. Its formulation is rooted in the notion that the problems facing conservation in Africa are technical in nature and have the urgency of fitting conservation into a larger environmental, social, cultural, and economic development framework. The programme intends to work with African professionals to create a cultural environment within the development process that is tailored to their specific cultural context.

The objectives of the programme are the following: to better integrate conservation of immovable cultural heritage into the larger context of development in Africa, to increase the capacity of a broad spectrum of actors involved in conservation of immovable cultural heritage, and to create a network of communication that will enable rapid exchange of information among professionals in Africa.

Activities to be carried out within the framework of the project will include three-month training courses, seminars, research, and the building up of a network of professionals in the region. To manage the programme, a coordination committee has been set up with four professionals from Africa as well as members of each of the three international partners.

(Source: ICCROM Newsletter, no. 24/1998)

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Universal Forum of Cultures Project: Barcelona 2004

The Universal Forum of Cultures (See Culturelink no. 25/August 1998, p. 29.) is a project with the aim to promote the building of cultural societies of the twenty-first century. It is an attempt to meet the challenge of the globalization of all human activities, with civil society playing a leading role. The Forum is an invitation to all the world's cultures to make their voice heard in a great celebration of community, to be held in Barcelona in 2004. It will help teach tolerance and foster the culture of peace. Also, it will provide an opportunity to put on display the finest aspects of each culture, learn from others, and bring together everything that encourages solidarity, respect for human rights and sustainable development.

The Forum invites all voices, languages and religions to gather in Barcelona for a universal festival. All cultures, too. As the Forum slogan says: 'All the colours of the world'.

What will the Forum be like? It will be a major international event of a new kind. Its purpose is to stimulate dialogue among individuals from all cultures. Debates and symposia on topics of common interest will be held simultaneously with a World Festival of the Arts. There will also be thematic exhibitions telling the story of human diversity.

The promotion of the intercultural dialogue will inform all the Forum's activities and determine the three major themes for debate:

  • Cultures and diversity (cultural diversity);
  • Culture and peace (conditions for peace);
  • Cultures and sustainability (sustainable cities).

The Forum will bring together cultures from around the world, offering them the opportunity to display their creative talents.

Who will participate? Civil society will play the leading role in the Barcelona 2004 Forum. The participants will not be states but various human communities concerned about the central themes of the Forum and willing to participate in it, and the organizations and bodies that support this initiative. The leading roles will go to those who share the Forum's universal mission: UNESCO and other organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations, universities, transnational corporations, major political and trade-union formations, social movements and religious groups.

Who are the organizers? The Forum is an initiative of the City Council of Barcelona and is fully supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia) and the Spanish Government. UNESCO will be the main partner.

Where will the Forum be held and how long will it last? The Forum will be held in Barcelona, making use of the city's network of cultural and civic institutions. Other cities in Catalonia and the rest of Spain will also be invited to participate in the organization of the Forum. It will open on 23 April 2004 and will end on 27 September. During these 150 days, the activities of the Forum will reach their climax: thematic exhibitions, the World Festival of the Arts, and thematic debates.

What are the great debates about? The main debates at the Forum will address cultural diversity, the conditions for peace and sustainable cities as representing three key aspects of the dialogue between cultures. These themes have been chosen for the Forum's debates in the firm belief that they are relevant to present-day concerns, having their origin in a period of intensive change.

What is the World Festival of the Arts? It will consist of events in all artistic fields representing a wide variety of cultures, ranging from established artists and performers to those who are less well known.

What will the thematic exhibitions be like? The Forum will organize thematic exhibitions of worldwide scope, with the aim of backing up the policy debates and activities with illustrative and educational materials. The purpose of these exhibitions will be to demonstrate the exchanges of all kinds that have existed between cultures throughout the course of history in all spheres of human endeavour. For example, some exhibitions may deal with the relationship between people and food, water, energy and nature, as a new way of viewing the world in the light of the great distances that every culture has had to cover in order to survive and develop. Others may be designed to illustrate the main thoroughfares of trade and human intercourse, such as the Silk, Slave or Iron Routes.

What will be the legacy of the Barcelona Forum? The Forum hopes to leave behind it a legacy of knowledge, expertise, relationships and documentation covering the themes discussed. This inheritance will be instrumental in ensuring continuity and in making it easier for those cities wishing to host similar events in future to undertake that task.

For more information, please contact: Barcelona 2004 Office, Torre Mapfre, Marina, 16-18, planta 29, 08005 Barcelona, Spain; or http://www.bcn2004.org/

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American Business Culture & Russian Business Culture

A Joint Project of San Francisco State University and St. Petersburg State University

The Office of International Programs of San Francisco State University (SFSU) proposes to establish a distance learning course in the field of Business Management at the Department of Philosophy (DOP), Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU). The DOP's experience and research in Culturology allows the DOP to command various interdisciplinary resources.

Titled American Business Culture (ABC): Management Styles and Business Behavior, this curriculum will be a new multi media, interdisciplinary, cross cultural program that creates a partnership with SFSU and St. Petersburg State University.

This course makes use of low-end technologies including video and electronic mail and has been developed for non-English speakers. It will be a sequel to SPSU's current International Communication Management and Project Development course which has a current enrollment of fifteen Russians and five Americans. The beneficiaries of this course will be Russians employed at companies that are engaged in international trade. The extensive trade that occurs between Russia and the United States, and the numerous ways in which American business practices are represented in the global economy make this course highly relevant and useful to those for whom it has been designed. SPSU has been creating innovative interdisciplinary programs and will provide a variety of faculty and other necessary support.

In Autumn 1999, SPSU will offer in tandem with ABC, Russian Business Culture (RBC) to broaden the project's overall intentions by drawing in the experience of other American and Russian communities. It is intention to offer a much needed cross cultural perspective on working within the international business arena to various clients wishing to cooperate in activities associated with the celebration of the St. Petersburg city's 300th anniversary in 2003 and beyond.

For more information, please contact: Danny Teal, Educational Ambassador to the Philosophy and Philological Faculties, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, e-mail: insider@mail.axon.ru

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Les Rencontres: Programme of Activities for 1999

Les Rencontres, the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, plans a variety of events and publishing activities to be held in 1999. (See Culturelink no. 25/August 1998, p. 40 and 113.)

Two thematic meetings are to be held: 'The Multimedia' in Cascais, Portugal, in May, during the Festival 'Utopia', one of the main cultural events of the city, and 'The Problems of Cultural Policies Today' in Saint Denis, France. The date of the latter meeting is yet to be confirmed, and the subject is about to be discussed in the light of the experience of the city of Saint Denis.

The cultural policies (cinema, music, fine arts, etc.) of the cities and their European dimension will be the particular topics dealt with at the regional meeting to be held in Tampere, Finland, in August/September. The Finnish Presidency of the European Union will take place during the second semester of 1999; traditionally 'Les Rencontres', together with the national elected officials association, organize a meeting of elected officials in charge of culture. Thus, this meeting will happen in collaboration with the Finnish Association of municipalities.

The General Meeting of 'Les Rencontres', as well as the meeting of cities, regions, provinces and departments regularly take place in the European Cultural Capital. Therefore, Weimar Rencontres will be held on 29 and 30 of October 1999. One of the topics which has been suggested is 'The Cities of Europe: History and Their Own Past. Cultural Perspectives'.

As far as other 'Les Rencontres' activities are concerned, the third edition of the Directory on the Local Administration of Culture and the Arts in Europe is to be issued in autumn 1999. The second edition, published in June 1998, is available from the Association.

The first issue of the Newsletter will appear in French and English in October 1999. It will enable elected officials to stay in touch and keep informed on national and European cultural initiatives, specifically those of importance to local authorities.

During the first semester of 1999, Les Rencontres Internet site will be opened.

For more information, please contact: Les Rencontres, 25 Rue Deparcieux, F-75014 Paris, France, tel./fax: +33 1 45 38 70 13; e-mail: rencontr@club-internet.fr

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Project of the European Directory of Cultural Awards, Bursaries and Competitions

The European Directory of Cultural Awards, Bursaries and Competitions is intended to be a reference point in the field of culture, making the information on awards, bursaries and competitions available to non-national artists and/or creators.

The Zentrum für Kulturforschung (ZfKf), Bonn, Germany, has produced the fourth edition of the Handbuch der Kulturpreise and, in addition to collecting awards, bursaries and competitions in Germany, it was decided to produce a separate but integrated version of awards, bursaries and competitions in Europe open to non-nationals. Therefore, ERICArts (For ERICArts, see Culturelink no. 19/August 1996, pp. 29-33 and pp. 75-76 in this issue.) and co-operating partners, especially the Statens Kulturråd (Stockholm), took part in collecting such information to be published as the European Directory. The results of the first step of this project have been integrated in a database developed by the ZfKf and are presented on the Internet: http://www.kulturforschung.de/

In 1999, ERICArts will continue to work with its partners to collect information for the European Directory. Co-operation will be organized with experts and institutes responsible for the collection and interpretation of material in the larger European regions. The following regions are currently operational:

  • Nordic Countries (Statens Kulturråd, Stockholm),
  • German Speaking Region (Zentrum für Kulturforschung, Bonn),
  • Francophone Region (Cultural Contact Points/CCP France of the European Union, Paris).

ERICArts members and other partners have been contributing information on an ad hoc basis, but key contact points in other regions such as:

  • Anglophone Countries,
  • Central and Eastern Europe, and
  • Eastern and Western Parts of Southern Europe

are yet to be confirmed.

ERICArts responsibilities include the overall co-ordination of the project, as well as contacting members and associated partners of ERICArts regarding prizes in their area or region. All co-operating partners are responsible for the collection of information in the above-mentioned subject in their specific geographic areas. The information will be entered into a preliminary European database along with the prizes collected to date and will be (and already is) available on-line.

Deadline for publication of the hard copy of the directory is December 1999. Final information should be transmitted to the ERICArts Secretariat no later than 15 August 1999 for editing and formatting purposes.

For more information, please contact: Andreas Wiesand or Danielle Cliche, Zentrum für Kulturforschung, ERICArts, Am Hofgarten 17, D-53113 Bonn, Germany, tel.: +49 228 242 0996; fax: +49 228 241 318; e-mail: uzr604@uni-bonn.de; http://www.kulturforschung.de/

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Social and Cultural Report 1998
of the Dutch Social and Cultural Planning Office

The Social and Cultural Report 1998 published by the Social and Cultural Planning Office of the Netherlands is used in that country as a major introduction to the entire field of social and cultural affairs. The reports are published every two years and, in addition to statistical information, policy evaluation and expected developments in the fields mentioned above, they deal with government policy in general, changes in public administration, participation in politics and public opinion.

The Social and Cultural Reports are widely used by politicians, researchers and academic teachers in other countries, either because of their interest in Dutch society or as a comparative case for findings in their own society.

The Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP) is the main institution for governmental research on health care, welfare, social security, employment, education, housing, media, culture, justice and civil society. It is an inter-ministerial scientific institute which conducts independent research on social and cultural developments and publishes reports on (the Government's or Parliament's) request or at its own initiative. As the SCP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the central theme in this Social and Cultural Report is 25 years of social change. The SCR 1998 is therefore a special edition: it provides a historical overview of the last 25 years in all the fields mentioned above.

The summary of the main findings of the Social and Cultural Report 1998 could be put as follows:

'The average Dutch person is wealthier and better educated than ever before. The people's living conditions are better and they live an average of four years longer than in the 1970s. However, the Dutch face a number of new worries, such as inner city problems, segregation, an increase in violence, and the degeneration of public spaces. For many, this detracts from their satisfaction with the progress made.'

The following are the titles of the subjects that have been researched:

  • The Dutch - prosperous but uneasy
  • Demographic developments and emancipation
  • Values and norms in society
  • The multi-ethnic society
  • Housing
  • Health and health care
  • Economy and the welfare state, work and social security
  • Education
  • Political diversity, public administration, participation
  • Leisure time, the media and culture
  • Crime and justice.

As far as multi-ethnic society is concerned, research shows that the proportion of ethnic minorities in Dutch society has increased sixfold in one-quarter of a century to nearly 10 per cent of the population, and it is still growing fast. In a recent development, asylum seekers from Eastern Europe and the Third World together form the largest group. The ethnic minorities are strongly overrepresented among the underprivileged groups in society; however, as more and more members of these groups achieve social success, the minorities exhibit increasing social diversity. As ethnic minorities grow in number, the Netherlands is also becoming more diverse in cultural respect, which however does not make it a multicultural society.

The educational expansion in the Netherlands has gone hand in hand with less inequality in education. The value of diplomas has diminished, but higher education continues to pay. Government spending on education has decreased, while contributions paid by pupils and students have risen. Government involvement in both the curriculum and the methods of education has increased. Young people with limited capacities and a vocational orientation have more and more difficulty as requirements continue to rise.

As regards leisure time, the media and culture, leisure activities are becoming more superficial, less routine, more incidental; less free time is spent at home; with the passage of time, today's young people will presumably continue to be oriented to the popular culture of their youth.

The above are only some of the findings of the research conducted by the SCP. The SCR 1998 is not entirely translated into English, but the next edition of the report will be available both in English and in Dutch.

For further information or to obtain a copy of the report, please contact: Mrs. D. E. Bokma, Information Manager, Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau, P.O. Box 16164, 2500 BD The Hague, The Netherlands, tel.: 31 (0) 70 340 70 00; fax: 31 (0) 70 340 70 44; http://www.scp.nl/

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Gulliver's Connect Programme 1999/2000

Following the successful launch of the programme in 1997, the Felix Meritis Foundation in Amsterdam, KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna and the Open Society Institute in Budapest have announced that Gulliver's Connect Programme 1999/2000 would be launched in March 1999.

Gulliver's Connect aims at developing collaborative partnerships between arts practitioners within the region of the former communist states and at encouraging the process of 'learning from practice'.

The idea is that a 'visitor' becomes for a certain period of time part of the working mechanism of an arts organisation in another Central and Eastern European country different from their own. Such a person becomes a temporary member of the organisation's working team via a working placement. The Connect programme provides an opportunity for both the 'host organisation' and the 'visitor' to establish or widen their working contacts with colleagues from other countries. This can lead to developing exciting international collaborations.

The programme is open only to professional arts practitioners and arts/cultural organisations from Central and Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Mongolia. The programme covers the costs of travel, accommodation and a daily allowance for placements with a duration between 3 and 8 weeks.

The deadline for this year's applications is 30 April 1999. Selected participants will be notified by mid-May 1999. Placements will take place between September 1999 and September 2000.

To receive the application forms or more information, please contact: Gwen Crawford or Helma Verkleij, The Felix Meritis Foundation, Keizersgracht 324, 1016 EZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 6262321; fax: +31 20 6249368; e-mail: gch@felix.meritis.nl

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The Advanced Training Programme for Curators of Contemporary Arts

Commissioned by KulturKontakt Austria, the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft (ikw) (For ikw see p. 19 in this issue.) will hold its fourth management seminar and workshop on Contemporary Art in the International Context of Museums and Exhibitions in Vienna, 2-10 July 1999.

Within the Advanced Training Programme for Curators of Contemporary Arts, twenty selected participants from all over Europe will have the opportunity to deal with theoretical and practical methods and problems of exhibiting contemporary art.

Young museum and exhibition curators with some working experience as project managers will be introduced to the latest developments in the field, creating personal and professional contacts which will serve as a basis for international cooperation with Austrian and international curators, theoreticians and management-trainers invited as lecturers. The praxis-oriented workshop will be concerned with all aspects of planning and financing, elaborating a fictitious exhibition.

KulturKontakt Austria will cover the participation fee and accommodation costs for participants from the Central and Eastern European countries. The working languages will be English and German.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Dieter Bogner, Ms. Christine Haupt-Stummer, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1/5/3, A-1070 Wien, Austria, tel.: +43 1 522 53 84; fax: +43 1 522 56 98; e-mail: haupt.stummer@bogner-lord.co.at; http://thing.at/ikw

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MA in Creative and Media Enterprises at the University of Warwick

The Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick announces a new MA programme which examines the theory and practice of running a small creative business. Designed for those setting up or managing enterprises in the commercial creative sector, the course will also appeal to cultural policy makers, project managers and consultants working with the creative industries.

The new course will complement the MA in European Cultural Policy and Administration at Warwick, which has now been running for seven years. The course is offered for one year full-time or two years part-time.

For further information, please contact: Chris Bilton, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK, tel.: 01203 523020; fax: 01203 524446; e-mail: c.j.bilton@warwick.ac.uk; http://www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/Theatre_S/cp

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The European Summer Academy for Culture and Management

Based on its three-year long experience with the Compact Course in Arts Management, the International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM) (See Culturelink no. 25/August 1998, p. 43 and pp. 37-38 in this issue.) will hold the fifth European Summer Academy for Culture and Management in Salzburg, Austria, between 18 July and 1 August 1999.

Consisting of the European Project Workshop, the European Arts Management Forum and a virtual academy, the two-week compact training course aims to project the process of European understanding, unification and integration to the field of the arts. The Academy is intended for 21 arts managers from the whole of Europe holding responsible positions in connection with the specific projects they submit, devoted to the fields of -

  • festivals and cultural organizations dealing with a variety of arts subjects,
  • music and music theatre, and
  • film/new media.

The projects will be further analysed and developed at a highly professional level, discussing their organization, funding and marketing.

For further information, please contact: International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM), Jakob-Haringer-Strasse 5A, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, tel.: +43-662-45 98 41; fax: +43-662-45 98 38; e-mail: wesner@iccm.co.at; http://www.iccm.co.at/

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European Management Programme for the Arts and Media

In response to the growing demand for managers in various fields of cultural activity, the International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM) has founded the European Management Programme for the Arts and Media (EMPAM). The programme, a cooperation between ICCM and the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, is an academic programme with faculty and working managers offering professional competence and the potential for innovative solutions to the training process.

In today's complex society, capable managers must combine a sensibility for cultural and artistic developments with business acumen and leadership competence. Their financial and organisational decisions and their effective communication abilities make it possible for artists to realise a vision and to share it with the public. Today the successful management of culture and the media is vital to the dynamic, future oriented development of cultural enterprise.

The Programme aims to enable participants to:

  • acquire management skills in combination with a discerning knowledge of the arts, culture, and the media,
  • develop analytic and decisive abilities as well as strategic foresight, and
  • construct their own critical perspective on cultural policies and management in the public and private sectors on an international level.

The programme is aimed at those seeking or developing management careers on an international, national, or regional level in the fields of performing and visual arts, literature, cultural industries (broadcasting, recording, film, video, multi-media and publishing), arts funding and advocacy organisations such as foundations, governmental bodies and associations.

Participants complete a basic and an advanced course of study. Basic lectures, seminars and workshops provide participants with a foundation of ideas, knowledge, skills and tools, developing a common framework for Arts and Media management necessary for further study. The advanced course emphasises interactive learning and project based study, combining management skills and tools with specialized knowledge of the different art and cultural fields. Critical analysis, interdisciplinary thinking, and the challenges of the new technologies are stressed.

During the advanced course, each team of participants develops and carries out a major project in cultural management for an actual institution or agency within a framework structured by EMPAM. Each team schedules and undertakes required study modules in management; accounting and finance; legal aspects of the arts, culture and the media; marketing and fund raising; project management, human resource management; cultural theory and history; cultural and media policy and sociology; and technology.

Participants may undertake the EMPAM course full-time over one year or part-time over three years. The course languages are English and German. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of a Master of Advanced Studies in Arts and Media Management (M.A.S) of the University of Linz.

The EMPAM programme is limited to 25 participants. Admission forms are accepted no later than 1 August, 1999.

For further information, please contact: International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM), Jakob-Haringer-Strasse 5A, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, tel.: +43-662-45 98 41; fax: +43-662-45 98 38; e-mail: wesner@iccm.co.at; http://www.iccm.co.at/

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Master of Fine Art

Glasgow School of Art

A two-year postgraduate multidisciplinary course validated by the University of Glasgow.

Annual intake around 15-20 students, consisting of artists from differing backgrounds, experiences and cultures whose work encompasses a wide variety of media areas in fine arts.

For further inquiries, please contact: Sam Ainsley, Roger Palmer of Wendy Wilmurt-Brown, Glasgow School of Art, MFA, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ, Scotland; tel.: +44 141 3534726; fax: +44 141 3534756; e-mail: s.ainsley@gsa.ac.uk

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MAPA Scholarship Fund (MSF)

The Moving Academy for the Performing Arts (MAPA) has started a programme to support artists from Central and Eastern Europe to participate in its seminars. The initiator of these seminars, the Dutchman Ide van Heyningen, recognized 'after the demise of the communist regimes that the existing performing arts system in the region needed a major overhaul', based on a direct commitment of the concerned artists. Professor Dragan Klaic, Chair of Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam, is one of the authors of the recently published book on MAPA, Moving Minds: A Network of Talent, who tried to understand and describe this initiative.

This well-designed book ends with a new initiative: 'Working with and for performing artists, MAPA has often been confronted with what seemed, at first sight, to be a lack of commitment on the part of the students. More often than not, absenteeism and exhaustion are caused by external circumstances: many people have two or three jobs on the side in order to support themselves and their families. In some cases, brilliant careers are frustrated by the impossibility to continue professional education, create works of art and grow artistically. The new MAPA Scholarship Fund (MSF) is intended to assist talented young artists in attaining their goals as professional theatremakers by supporting them financially for a determined period. This will enable them to concentrate fully on their work as creative artists, to educate themselves as artistic entrepreneurs and make high-quality productions with which they will be able to tour and, eventually, to support themselves.'

On 19 January 1999 the MAPA Scholarship Fund (MSF) was officially launched at a ceremony at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A small financial basis is already available; it will develop on three levels - government, private organizations and donors. Certainly the necessary fund-raising will take a lot of time and energy, but the positive side-effect is that this contributes to the dissemination of MAPA's ideas.

MAPA has always been an organization based on encounter, dialogue and cooperation. This is true also of the MSF, as solidarity presupposes the existence of two partners who both bear the responsibility for the effectiveness of this new scholarship scheme for young artists from Central and Eastern Europe.

For more information, please contact: MAPA Scholarship Fund, Herengracht 174, NL-1016 BR Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: 0031.20.4226623; fax: 0031.20.422.6624.