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Networking in Progress

Culturelink review, no.28/August 1999 - contents - imprint - archive

EUCLID International: Working for Culture

Culture 2000 Programme

EUREKA!, the recently launched free web site from EUCLID provides European and international news, information and analysis for the arts and cultural sector, covering the performing and visual arts, literature, museums and heritage, audiovisual and media industries, and the library and information sector. The web site enables you to access information about EUCLID itself, its research and evaluation projects, its publications and events, and its own network of international European and international contacts. It offers information on all European Commission funding programmes relevant to the arts and opportunities for European and international funding and support.

In the light of its extensive experience in undertaking research and evaluation projects for the European Commission and other European bodies for the past five years, EUCLID has been appointed by the UK Department for Media, Culture and Sport and the European Commission as the official UK Cultural Contact Point for 1999 (For The French Cultural Contact Point - Relais Culture Europe, see Culturelink no. 27/April 1999, pp. 5-7.), with the specific task to encourage and assist individuals and organisations in the arts and heritage to make successful applications to the Kaleidoscope, Ariane and Raphael programmes (and their replacement, Culture 2000).

Publications

EUCLID produces a number of publications focusing on European and international issues. These include:

  • ALERT! A regular bulletin providing up-to-the-minute information on funding opportunities, news, events and publications. Available free, every 7-14 days, to your fax number or e-mail address. To register, see http://www.euclid.co.uk/reg.html
  • Briefing! Providing background information on European and international issues for the arts and cultural sector. Available on subscription at £24 per annum for 18 issues.
  • Radar, focusing on European issues of interest to the further and higher education sector.

In response to demand and key developments, EUCLID will also be producing directories and guides or reports providing information with a European or international focus.

For all requests for European or international information, please use the EUREKA! enquiry line: 0900 102 0106 (9.30-16.30, Monday to Friday). Alternatively, you can receive a Datasheet through the faxback service available 7 days a week 24 hours a day on 0906 553 5204 (http://www.euclid.co.uk/fax.html) or register a particular information request by visiting the Registration Page (http://www.euclid.co.uk/reg.html).

Address: EUCLID International, 1st Floor, 46-48 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5SD, United Kingdom, tel.: ++44 (0)151 709 2564; fax: ++44 (0)151 709 8647; e-mail: euclid@cwcom.net; http://www.euclid.co.uk

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The Third World Network (TWN)

The Third World Network is an international network of organisations and individuals involved in work relating to development in the Third World and North-South relations.

The TWN's international secretariat is based in Penang, Malaysia, but there are also eight regional offices.

In order to fulfil its mission, the network co-operates with organisations from both the South and the North.

Its objectives are as follows:

  • to conduct research on economic, social and environmental issues,
  • to publish books and magazines,
  • to organise and participate in seminars, and
  • to provide a platform broadly representing southern interests and perspectives at international fora.

One of its main activities is the regular publication, in English and Spanish, of several bulletins such as Third World Resurgence, which addresses development issues, Third World Economics, a magazine on economic questions, TWN Features Service, and numerous books on a wide range of themes, including international relations, education, medicine, etc.

For more information, please contact: Third World Network, 228 Macalister Road, 10400 Penang, Malaysia, tel.: (60) 4 226 61 59 / 226 67 28; fax: (60) 4 226 45 05; e-mail: twn@igc.apc.org

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The NICOMED Network

Relations between the European Union and the non-EU Mediterranean countries constitute major political, cultural and economic challenges for the years ahead. (Cf. The Mediterranean: Cultural Identity and Intercultural Dialogue, Proceedings, Culturelink Publications Series, Zagreb, IMO/Europe House Zagreb, 1999, 288 pages.)

The Network for Information between the Mediterranean countries and Europe (NICOMED) aims to establish fruitful cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean. By bringing together young professionals from the whole European Union, as well as the Mediterranean countries, the NICOMED Network has the following objectives:

  • to circulate information on the various trans-Mediterranean EU initiatives,
  • to contribute to the debate on Euro-Mediterranean relations,
  • to develop skills in the field of decentralized cooperation and of trans-national and trans-regional network management.

The NICOMED action is structured along three main lines:

  • The organization of trans-national and trans-regional seminars, symposia and congresses in association with local officials in charge of political, economic, cultural and social stakes;
  • The development of a network of institutions and individual contacts in the various Mediterranean countries;
  • The publication of reports, studies, and an Euro-Med Gazette, which has been on the Internet since January 1998.

Since 1993, once or twice a year, NICOMED organizes various symposia on Mediterranean topics, as well as a series of training seminars. It regularly publishes reports from the seminars and symposia and the already mentioned Euro-Med Gazette, a bimestrial information letter about the current Euro-Mediterranean events.

For more information, please contact: Prometheus-Europe, 4, Rue de Bérite, F-75006 Paris, France, tel.: +33 1 4222 8861; fax: +33 1 4284 1230; e-mail: centre@prom.org; http://www.prom.org/network/nicomed/nicomed.htm

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Network Focus - Creative Exchange

Creative Exchange, the forum for cultural rights and development, is the first international NGO for organisations and people involved, or interested, in the arts and creative media in sustainable development, empowerment and rehabilitation.

Formally established in 1998, it is both a network for an equitable exchange of skills and experience worldwide and a clearing house for advice and information.

Research has shown that creative activities have been used by agencies such as Oxfam, Save the Children Fund, Care, Action Aid, British Council, SIDA, and USAID. There are a large number of highly skilled and committed but largely isolated practitioners and grassroots NGOs around the world.

However, there are few opportunities for networking and exchanging ideas and expertise across these sectors; there was no organisation in the past to advocate the benefits of various creative approaches to development, and no central source of advice or information.

Creative Exchange set out to fill this gap. Its mission is the following:

  • Promoting understanding of creativity as a catalyst for change.
  • Enabling practical creative action for sustainable development.
  • Promoting understanding and respect for cultural rights.

Creative Exchange developed over four years of consultation with key stakeholders. An inaugural Round Table in May 1997 gave a mandate to the forum. There was overwhelming support for its Core Values, which endorse cultural rights and equitable networking and exchange worldwide and ensure that there is a level playing field between all partners.

The forum currently runs a modest information service delivering bulletins to more than 80 contacts worldwide via e-mail and is rapidly gaining credibility as a source of information and advice.

It has a flexible fee structure based on ability to pay. Since it opened its doors to partners in late 1998, it has enrolled more than 30 in eight countries, a third of which are in the southern hemisphere. The British Council is its first major institutional Founder Partner.

Research among potential partners has highlighted certain priority needs.

Creative Exchange is currently focusing on providing services which address the highest of these priorities, namely:

  • research and information provision
  • education and training
  • networking and communications.

Its first projects for 1999 include research into the use of creative activities in health projects and a participatory research project with smaller NGOs in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

It runs networking events for partners and is working to provide accredited training opportunities from the year 2000 onwards.

For further information, please contact: Helen Gould, Coordinator, Creative Exchange, 18 Percy Road, London E11 1AJ, UK, tel.: +44 (0) 181 532 8870; e-mail: creativx@gn.apc.org; http://www.gn.apc.org/creativeexchange

If you wish to receive briefings via e-mail, please contact the Coordinator at creativx@gn.apc.org

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Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) was launched in 1997 as a joint initiative between the government and the business sector to secure the future development of the arts industry in that country.

BASA's aim is to promote and encourage sustainable partnerships between the business/private sector and the arts, to their mutual benefit and that of the community at large.

To this end, BASA's first initiative is to encourage sponsorship of the arts by the business sector and to shift the source of such funding from corporate social responsibility or philanthropic to marketing or promotional budgets.

With funding from the National Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, BASA has introduced the Matching Grant Scheme. Under this scheme, either a sponsoring business or an arts organisation with one or more sponsors in place can approach BASA for additional funding for a particular project. BASA assesses each project with certain criteria and may provide additional funds to enable the recipient to offer additional benefits to the sponsor. The matching grant scheme is an effective sales tool for the arts organisation seeking funding and an incentive for a business to sponsor: the relationship - based on sound business principles - now rewards both parties.

Encouraging the business sector to view sponsorship of the arts as a strategic opportunity is but one factor in building a solid future for arts and culture in South Africa. BASA's ongoing campaign includes:

  • Lobbying the electronic media to offer stimulating and informative arts/entertainment coverage;
  • Encouraging the media to acknowledge the vital role played by corporate sponsors of the arts in keeping arts and culture alive;
  • Clarifying the current tax position vis-à-vis sponsorship of the arts by the business sector, for the benefit of both the business and the recipient organisation;
  • Introducing 'Business in the Arts', a voluntary scheme in which business people may offer their services and skills to an arts organisation in response to an expressed need;
  • Establishing arts workshops specifically for arts organisations to assist them in seeking relevant sponsorship;
  • Providing the interface between business and the arts, and seeking relevant sponsorship opportunities for BASA members as and when requested.

During the first two years of operation, BASA has actively built its membership: as of April 1999, 74 companies had joined it, affirming their commitment to the future of the arts in this country.

Membership is open to all businesses or private sector organisations, large and small, and membership fees are charged on a sliding scale depending on the size of the company.

Members will form part of a growing and highly significant group of business leaders interested in highlighting the value of the arts and cultural industries not only to potential sponsors - as part of a marketing or promotional strategy - but also to the country as a whole.

Members are kept informed of, and are invited to attend, events supported through BASA's matching grant scheme, as well as presentations of seminal topics around business and arts partnerships. A focal point is the presentation of the BusinessDay/BASA Awards, which highlight and profile innovative and successful business sponsors of the arts. A newsletter goes to members three times a year.

For more information, please contact: BASA - Business and Arts South Africa, Ms. Nicola Danby, Chief Executive Officer, P.O.Box 784481, Sandton City 2146, South Africa, e-mail: basa@icon.co.za

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Boekman Foundation

The Boekman Foundation is a Dutch centre that collects and disseminates information about arts and cultural policy. It covers the areas of policy-forming and all aspects of implementation, encouraging research and opinion-forming connected with the production, distribution and spread of the arts, in connection with (inter)national art policy. The Boekman Foundation conducts a cultural-political debate between representatives from the worlds of management, academia and the arts.

The Foundation's activities are the following:

  • maintaining a library providing state-of-the-art information and documentation,
  • organizing the Boekman Debates, international conferences and meetings of experts,
  • publishing books and the quarterly Boekmancahier, (See p. 69 in this issue.)
  • undertaking literature research,
  • making inventories of ongoing research in Europe dealing with cultural themes,
  • supervising the appointment of a visiting professor to the Boekman Chair at the University of Amsterdam.

At the end of 1998, the Foundation published the book Privatization and Culture: Experiences in the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Industries in Europe (Cf. Dossier on Privatization and Culture, Culturelink no. 23/November 1997, pp.123-159.), in cooperation with Twenty University. It is one of the results of the CIRCLE Round Table 1997 on 'Privatization/Désétatisation and Culture: Limitations or Opportunities for Cultural Development in Europe?'.

The international conference Arts in Civil Society is to be prepared by the Boekman Foundation and held in Amsterdam in October 2000.

For more information, please contact: The Boekman Foundation, Herengracht 415, NL - 1017 BP, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; tel.: 020/624 3736; fax: 020/638 5239; e-mail: secretariaat@boekman.nl; http://www.boekman.nl

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Axis - Visual Arts Information Service

Axis is a contemporary visual arts service that provides information about artists and craftspeople living and working in Britain to a national and international audience. It provides a platform where artists' ideas and expertise are made accessible to more people than ever before.

Axis is used by commissioning agents, researchers, exhibition organizers, curators, journalists and architects. Because of its convenience and easy-to-use approach, a broad range of artists and craftspeople can be examined at the start of a commission process or research project. Axis complements the expertise of professionals.

It has compiled a national register of contemporary visual artists and craftspeople, which is available free of charge to anyone interested in their work. The information is stored and displayed in the Axis computer database, which is available on-line.

A CD ROM presenting artists and their work is also available at a superior quality of the images at the Internet. In this way, artists' work is brought directly to your home, office, gallery or library via computers.

Axis works closely with arts boards and other artists' support organizations in order to ensure that the services it provides are those that artists and users need. It is funded by the Arts Council of England, Wales and Scotland and some regional arts boards. It has received four European development awards and enjoys sponsorship from Leeds Metropolitan University and identity consultants Luxon Carrà.

All professional artists living/working in Britain who satisfy a set of basic criteria can join Axis. It enhances employment opportunities for new and established artists.

Axis publishes Axisnotes for information on visual artists.

For further information, please contact: Axis, Leeds Metropolitan University, 8 Queen Square, Leeds LS2 8AJ, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0) 113 245 7946; fax: +44 (0) 113 245 7950; e-mail: axis@gn.apc.org; http://www.lmu.ac.uk/ces/axis

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Idealist - Action Without Borders

Action Without Borders, a non-profit organization based in New York, promotes the sharing of ideas, information and resources by:

  • maintaining Idealist, a comprehensive directory of non-profit and volunteering resources on the Web reachable at http://www.idealist.org/,
  • publishing Ideas in Action, a monthly e-mail newsletter with pointers to useful resources for volunteers and non-profit professionals around the world,
  • sending out daily Job and Internship Alerts with information about job openings and internships posted in Idealist the previous day, and
  • training non-profit and community organizations on how best to use the Internet in their work.

Idealist lists detailed information (mission, services, volunteer opportunities, events, and job openings) about non-profit and community organizations, volunteer centers and museums, whether public or private, as well as companies and consultants serving the non-profit sector. The directory includes 17,000 non-profit and community organizations in 130 countries, searchable by name, location or mission, as well as volunteer opportunities around the world, listings of companies and consultants serving non-profit organizations, a Non-profit Career Center, links to managing and funding resources for non-profit organizations, a collection of informative and frequently updated Non-profit News Sites, and a global directory of public Internet access points in hundreds of schools, libraries, community centers and Internet cafés.

For more information, please contact: Action Without Borders, Inc., 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6614, New York, NY 10118, U.S.A., tel.: 212-843-3973; fax: 212-564-3377; e-mail: info@idealist.org; http://www.idealist.org/