This page contents information about the vision on RURAL ART VILLAGES as a
possibility to develop rural regions into creative centers, which contribute to
the economic grow. It is also the place where information about creative
industry, culture and art support will be shared.
All publications listed above are selected on their relevance with this
issue. It is very important to be keen on the idea that culture and art are not
important for the development and preservation of the society. It is a great
misunderstanding to have the opinion that reducing the budget in the field of
culture and art will be effective.
Culture is what people have in common.
"Creativity is the key to economic recovery. Public investment in the arts
and heritage helps to generate the cultural capital that feeds the creative
industries with knowledge, practical experience and inspiration." quote from the
report Cultural Capital - A Manifesto for the Future from Arts Council England
page 7. This report continues with: "Every artist is an entrepreneur, cultural
organisations and educational institutions nourish the people and ideas that
make money for this country through design, fashion, advertising, computer
games, music, film and television. A creative industry depends on its cultural
resources: during a decade of investments in public sector arts and heritage,
the creative and cultural industries have grown faster than the rest of the
economy, and account for 6.2% of Gross Value Added."
EFFECTS OF CULTURE
Different researchers and organization are reporting and informing about the
EFFECTS OF CULTURE and Creative Industry on the society and economy. In the list
on top of this page some papers can be downloaded.
* Culture increases individual pleasure, happiness and wellness.
The presence of culture adds a positive image to a town or neighborhood and
creates more satisfaction with environment.
* Culture unites the society. Cultural institutes, like community centers and
schools, in which people from a neighborhood active participate stimulate the
social cohesion in that area.
Participation in cultural activities leads to more self awareness, more social
contacts, and more safety feelings.
Young people which participate in cultural activities are less criminal.
* Culture benefits the economy.
A region with high cultural standard is more attractive for a high educated,
creative population to settle, this influences the grow of employment.
Cultural facilities, services and activities are bringing more economic benefit
by employment in cultural institutes, attracting tourists and creative industry.
It is not "if" the government will embed culture in their policy, but "when"
A government that develops a strong strategy for culture development and support
will get the most benefit out of it. That means a growing population with high
qualified education and a growing economy.
Saksalanharju is a rural neighborhood in East Finland situated on the biggest
monolith of Europe. This area can be developed into a rural art village by local
strategy. Some ideas are published in
Art Village Saksalanharju.
Read and follow the
development of Saksalanharju on the website.
You can bank on culture say leaders of Britain's cultural organisations
An interesting conclusion published in the report Cultural Capital:
A Manifesto for the Future
from the Arts Council England.
The Press release about
Manifesto for the Future is also available as a PDF file.
Performing arts and the city : Dutch municipal cultural policy in the brave
new world of evidence-based policy
(2010) Hoogen, Quirijn Lennert van den
This research aims to ameliorate the evaluation of Dutch municipal cultural
policies. It is prompted by the rise of evidence-based policy, a tendency to
provide (scientific) proof of the effects of public policies. In the first part
of the research, the goals of public performing arts policies are researched by
studying Dutch cultural policy documents published between 1992 and 2005.
Intrinsic and extrinsic goals are distinguished. The second – theoretical – part
of the research confronts these goals with views on the functioning of the arts
in society from arts philosophy and sociology of the arts. The policy
legitimizations are broken down to the values of the experience of performing
arts and the subsequent functions they can give rise to on personal and societal
level. This part closes by presenting a model to describe the functioning of the
performing arts in urban society. The model describes how participation in the
performing arts generates intrinsic and extrinsic values and functions in urban
societies. In the third part of the research, the model is used to analyze the
current evaluation efforts of eight Dutch municipalities. Current evaluation
practices can be ameliorated by researching the values of the performing arts
for the attendees and the subsequent values these can give rise to on societal
level. In this thesis, proposals are formulated to develop current evaluation
practices in stages. A combination of quantitative and qualitative audience
research and general-population research is necessary. However, Dutch
municipalities currently focus on developing intricate instruments to follow the
performing of subsidized performing-arts organizations, which from the
perspective taken in this research should be qualified as a secondary form of
Read the whole
dissertation on the website of the Rijksuniversiteit of Groningenn.