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Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM)

Mongolia's rich heritage of arts and culture has been accumulated and developed for millennia. This heritage has found a unique place in the modern era with its specific images, distinctive methods, and way of life. As globalization expands, the need to preserve and pass down Mongolia's priceless culture for future generations is felt more than ever before. Becoming an increasingly active participant on the world's stages and in its festivals, museums and galleries is also vital. The Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) is playing an important role in achieving these goals.

The ACM values and models openness and transparency in all its activities, which carry out the ACM mission: to advocate and support the sustainable development of Mongolian arts and culture. As the ACM Annual Report 2003 presents it, its work proceeds in four basic programme area: Grants, Arts Education, Marketing and Information, and Policy. These activities include conducting a cultural policy and financing international conferences and supporting the development and institution of a Master's Degree Programme in Arts Management in collaboration with the Mongolian University of Culture and Arts. In the Master Degree Programme's first year up and running, ten students are enrolled, an Information Centre has been established, and two text books on arts management have been translated into Mongolian and published. In addition, the ACM Grants Programme awarded over $57,000 in grants to support the activities of 15 arts organizations and 20 individuals and artists.

In order to sustain grant-making, the ACM implements a variety of fundraising initiatives. Although fundraising is new and challenging for the arts and cultural sector, the ACM Fundraising Programme has succeeded in establishing internal fundraising mechanisms and structures, with early fundraising success boding well for the future.

In addition, the ACM has focused on intensifying public and third sector participation and active collaboration in fundraising. Two art auctions have been organized in cooperation with the Agricultural Bank of Mongolia, the Union of Mongolian Artists, and the Mongolian Bankers Association. The Red Ger Gallery was established as a venue for artists to sell their work. In return for this service, the ACM receives 25 per cent of the profit for its Grant Programme.

Another groundbreaking achievement for the arts in Mongolia was the establishment of fundraising efforts in North America. The counterpart organization in the US, the Arts Council of Mongolia-US, was established in autumn 2003 to provide American citizens with an opportunity to make tax-deductible donations to support Mongolian arts and culture.

The ACM plans to further develop these activities and to expand its work into the area of art education and cultural tourism(See The International Forum on Building Partnerships in Cultural Tourism, pp. 54-55 in this issue.) in order to increase the impact of arts and culture on social and economic growth and development.

To find out more, please contact: Arts Council of Mongolia, Chingeltei District, Juulchin Street, Delta Foundation Center, 4th floor, P.O. Box 491, Post Office 38, Ulaanbaatar 211238, Mongolia; tel./fax: +976 11 319015; e-mail: artscouncil@magicnet.mn; http://www.artscouncil.mn

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Bag Factory, South Africa

The Bag Factory is a non-profit organisation promoting the visual arts through a broad range of activities. Artists, both upcoming and established, rent affordable studios in a cultural environment that encourages diversity and cross-fertilisation of ideas and practice. Younger artists and students can obtain advice, support and encouragement, drawing on the expertise of older resident artists. The organisation runs a residency programme to facilitate cultural exchange and debate, both nationally and internationally. Participating artists thus form a vital link to the major art and cultural networks within South Africa and abroad. The space is a focal point for visiting curators, artists, academics and collectors.

The organisation, in collaboration with business partners and sponsors, also provides opportunities to the broader community, such as workshops and educational opportunities to promote visual education and skills development. The Bag Factory is affiliated to the Triangle Arts Trust.

For more information, please contact: Bag Factory, 10 Minnaar Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg, P.O. Box 794, Newtown, 2113 Johannesburg, South Africa; tel./fax: +27 11 834 9181; e-mail: bagfactory@acenet.co.za; http://www.bagfactory.art.org.za

(Source: OCPA News, no. 115/04)

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Transnational Society, Media, and Citizenship Network

This multidisciplinary network studies the complex nature of contemporary cultural identities and the impact of the globalization of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the (re)construction of these identities. Although the programme is based in the Netherlands, the projects are carried out at numerous fieldwork sites.

For more information, please visit: www.iias.nl/iias/research/transnational

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LINK: A Network for North-South Library Development

Librarians and information workers all over the world share many common problems and experiences. Many workers, especially in the 'South', have developed library techniques to suit local conditions. Their solutions, however, may be applicable elsewhere. To facilitate the sharing of these ideas, some interested librarians got together to form LINK.

LINK is a network that intends to be an informed, experienced and realistic forum that will raise awareness of 'Third World' library issues within the information-related professions of the 'North'. LINK is a voluntary organisation with 400 members worldwide. It aims to link librarians and libraries in the 'South' with colleagues worldwide for their mutual benefit, and to provide support, briefing and continuing information to individuals who intend to do information work in developing countries.

LINK seeks someone to help:

  • Co-edit Link's newsletter Link-Up;
  • Co-ordinate quarterly meetings of Link members in the UK - a small but dedicated group of people.

This voluntary work will develop your editorial experience, give you opportunities for international networking, and expand your library and information work experience.

The newsletter Link-Up is sent to library and information workers in 60 countries.

If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, please contact: Gill Harris, 64 Ennersdale Road, London SE13 5JD, United Kingdom; tel.: +44 (0)20 7364 6408; e-mail: gillianharris@btinternet.com

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Quebec Observatory of Culture and Communication / Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec

The Institut de la statistique du Québec was established in 1998 with the mission to provide reliable and objective statistical information on the situation of Québec as regards all aspects of Québec society for which such information is pertinent. The Institute is the central authority for the production and dissemination of statistical information for the government departments and bodies, except information produced for administrative purposes. The Institute is also responsible for the carrying out of statistical surveys of general interest.

Its Observatory of Culture and Communication focuses primarily on collecting and disseminating statistics in the field of culture and communications. Some 10-15 times a months the Observatory publishes brief reports entitled statistiques en bref (summary of statistics) focussing on different data from the fields of culture and communications. These interesting briefings can be found online at: http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/observatoire.

Beside these summary reports and briefings, the Observatory also publishes longer reports, books and publications. The most recent one to reach Culturelink is the 2004 edition of the statistics of the film industry.

This document combines the information and analyses needed to understand the full scope of the field. There is a list of feature films produced, the value of Québec's production, the number of films examined and categorized, and the number of holders of specialized distribution permits. It also shows that, given the population and degree of development, activities in connection with Québec's film industry compare favourably with the results achieved elsewhere.

This publication is not only a complete overview of the film industry, but also, given the pertinence of the subjects covered, a resource for understanding the role played by this major component of Québec's socio-cultural life.

This publication, as well as others published by the Observatory, together with other information, can be obtained from: Observatoire de la culture et des communications, 200, chemin Sainte-Foy 3étage, Québec (Québec), Canada G1R 5T4; tel.: (418) 691 2414; fax: (418) 643 4129; http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/observatoire

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FUNREDES

FUNREDES is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the dissemination of New Information and Communication Technologies (NICT) in developing countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the aim of contributing to regional development and integration.

The objectives of the FUNREDES are to establish dissemination strategies for the NICT (networks, added-value networks, electronic libraries, interactive multimedia, etc.), which will:

  • respect the socio-cultural environments, as well as the individual and collective freedom;
  • promote the participation of the people, nations and interested regions in their development;
  • take into consideration the globalization of the information exchange patterns.

For more information, please contact: FUNREDES, BP 2972, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; tel.: +809 682 7060; fax: +809 689 3388; e-mail: info@funredes.org; http://www.funredes.org

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Eurozine

Eurozine is an independent network of over 100 European cultural journals and a multilingual magazine of its own. The meetings of its editorial board are hosted in turn by its members. In 2004 it was hosted by the IWM's journal Transit - Europäische Revue (February 14 and 15). The agenda included further cooperation with Eurozine's partners, new focal points, and the network's 2004 European Meeting of Cultural Journals in Tallinn (Estonia) in May during the Baltic Bookfair. It was devoted to 'The Republic of Letters? Cultural Journals in a European Space'.

For more information, please visit: http://www.eurozine.com

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CREATE

A New Civil Society Organisation for the Arts and Culture, Cameroon

The Collective Resources for the Arts and Talents Enrichment (CREATE) is a new civil society effort working towards a brighter future for the arts and artists in Cameroon in this competitive era of globalisation.

The new organisation supports:

  • Information sharing as a way forward for artistic development.
  • Networking within the arts and partnerships with the public sector, the civil society and the corporate sector are fundamental in building the arts.
  • Creativity and professionalism in pursuit of innovation and excellence in the arts.
  • Cultural diversity as humanity's gift; exchanges and artistic encounters, as a contribution to a loving and peaceful society.
  • Sustainability to ensure growth and continuity in the arts.

The Collective Resources for the Arts and Talents Enrichment (CREATE) is a not-for-profit civil society organisation. The Secretariat of CREATE is located in Kumbo, the North West Province of Cameroon.

Objectives:

  • Provide relevant information to the arts community (individuals and organisations).
  • Promote excellence in the arts and in the creative industries (in works, performances, events and organisations).
  • Prepare an arts inventory of artists and arts organisations within the national territory with the view to establishing an arts database of individuals and organisations to encourage collective growth.
  • Identify the opportunities for arts development, twinning, exchanges and training.
  • Ensure that artistic and cultural products, industries and local artists are protected to some degree from the effects of globalisation.
  • Encourage the formation of artist networks and collaborate with existing ones.
  • Organise training workshops, conferences and symposia on the arts.
  • Participate in / organise artistic and cultural encounters (such as festivals, exhibitions, projects, performances, etc.).
  • Build a platform for interaction between artists through residencies.
  • Monitor the impact of globalisation and the Internet on the arts.
  • Collaborate with other organisations, the Ministry of Culture and the corporate sector.

CREATE is interested in collaborations and partnerships with related arts and culture organisations in Africa, America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

For more information, please contact:The Coordinator, CREATE, P.O.Box 21, Kumbo, North West Province, Cameroon; tel.: +237 753 69 70; e-mail: createartsorg@yahoo.com, createartsorg@netscape.net

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Seeking Radical Fiction

Just Words is a new fiction publisher based in Tokyo. In the spring of 2005, this publisher will start to publish fiction that explores philosophical, political, economic and cultural concerns in ways that question conventional wisdom and present radical and positive approaches to the problems facing life on this planet. Such problems include, in particular, poverty, the inequitable distribution of power, and the unsustainable exploitation of the world's natural resources.

The term 'fiction' is interpreted in the broadest sense, to include, for example, novellas, short stories, fables, parables, and fiction for children.

At present, Just Words is accepting query letters from writers who have manuscripts that they are interested in submitting for publication. The letters should be no more than two pages long. They should introduce the book and the writer, and should explain how the text meets the criteria set out in the first paragraph above. Manuscripts should generally be between 25,000 and 50,000 words in length.

Writers can e-mail their letter to justwords@gol.com or post it to 'Just Words', Shiba Building #402, Chuo 5-3-11, Nakano-ku, Tokyo T164-0011, Japan.