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Postcard from the Fifth World Arts Summit, Day Four

Melbourne, Australia

Photo and text by Jamie Bennett

A slide from the presentation of Alison Tickel, director of Julie's Bicycle, a London-based not-for-profit working in environmental sustainability for the creative industries.

Day four: Your chance to participate

The final day of the summit began with a report out from the World Summit’s Chief Rapporteur (or Veloci-rapporteur, as a number of people on Twitter quipped). Brad Haseman was charged with summing up three days of conversations in 30 minutes and distilling them into 15 draft policy recommendations (and one additional recommendation submitted from the floor). These drafts were then taken up by the assembled delegates and revised in ad-hoc, small group meetings.

I did my best impression of a 21st-century stenographer and took down the first drafts in Twitter shorthand. (As you read, please remember I was hired for my looks not my typing.)

The NEA has not yet assembled our formal response to these recommendations, and as we do so, I would love your reactions to the thoughts and issues raised below.

  • 1st #artsummit rec: Protect diversity of cultural expression
  • 2nd #artsummit rec: Funding agencies engage in self-examination &critical reflection to ensure a sustainable infrastructure for the arts
  • 3rd #artsummit rec: Protect every citizens’ right to be a cultural producer
  • 4th #artsummit rec: Support artists and cultural workers who are working amid hostility
  • 5th #artsummit rec: Affirm every citizen’s right to be a cultural participant (consumer?)
  • 6th #artsummit rec: Governments and artists need to support the role of the arts in creative civil society
  • 7th #artsummit rec: Ensure the autonomy and authority of indigenous cultural practices
  • 8th #artsummit rec: Arts need to be embedded across all areas of government
  • 9th #artsummit rec: Arts workers can participate in industry development and support schemes to lead creative economy growth
  • 10th #artsummit rec: Establish educational programs to prepare arts workers to lead the sector throughout this century
  • 11th #artsummit rec: Arts education develops long-term partnerships and frameworks that place the child at the center of learning
  • 12th #artsummit rec: Arts research needs to gather evidence of economic and cultural value to guide decision making
  • 13th #artsummit rec: Value and support artists and programs that help with identity formation (of children?)
  • 14th #artsummit rec: Govts to recognize that culture will make social change when it is at the heart not the borders of society
  • 15th #artsummit rec: Govts to recognize the role of arts and culture in improving economic, social, and environmental life for all citizens.
  • From the #artsummit floor: What about sustainability and the arts?

*Please post comments by October 18, 2011, and we will collect and discuss them as we develop our response.*

Following the end of the summit, regional IFACCA chapters held networking sessions. Canada and the NEA both asked if we could join the Latin America/Caribbean chapter. I was interested both in developing a network throughout the Americas and also wanted to offer any help to Chile as they prepare to host the first IFACCA World Summit in the Americas.

Tonight, I am off to see Chunky Move as part of the Melbourne Festival. On Friday, I board a 10:35 a.m. plane in Melbourne that gets me to San Francisco some 18 hours later at, wait for it, 10:35 a.m. Friday.

We'll have more on the conference from Rocco next week, but you can also read more tweets from the conference here.

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