La sfîrşit de februarie, Asociaţia Bibliotecarilor din Biblioteca Naţională a României a protestat împotriva aplicării unei Hotărîri de Guvern din noiembrie 2013, în urma căreia instituţia ar urma să piardă o parte semnificativă a spaţiului de pe bulevardul Unirii. Ceea ce pierde Biblioteca Naţională cîştigă Ministerul Culturii, care astfel ar prelua în administrare integral Corpul Aulă pînă la etajul cinci, dar şi demisolul, parterul şi mezaninul clădirii. Ca adesea, povestea spusă pînă la capăt arată mai puţin ca o bătălie pe viaţă şi pe moarte între bine şi rău, şi mai degrabă ca o suită de ocazii şi resurse disponibile, de care cei care îşi văd interesul profită, şi pe care cei care ar avea simbolic dreptatea de partea lor le pierd.
Politica culturală românească a fost, în ultimii 25 de ani, concentrată pe nivelul central. Sigur, am vorbit şi ne-am mîndrit cu programul Sibiu Capitală Culturală Europeană în 2007, moment în care ne-am minunat cum un oraş poate creşte prin cultură; dar ce învăţăminte au tras autorităţile locale din această experienţă? Deşi există experienţe importante în guvernarea culturală locală, mai ales în microregiuni din mediul rural (vezi Rupea-Cohalm, Valea Hîrtibaciului, Viscri şi împrejurimile), cele mai importante demersuri de cercetare şi teoretizare despre cultură şi dezvoltare privesc în continuare către centru. Impresia persistentă e că, în România, politica culturală care contează este cea naţională.
Development of the cultural strategy of the City of Timișoara and of 3 debates on the theme of European Capital of Culture
02/2014 – 10/2014
coordinator of the service contract and member of the scientific coordination team, together with Vera Marin.
contributor to the design of research and facilitation activities.
contributor to the formulation of the strategy document and measures, as audience development, cultural policy and cultural management specialist.
CubicMetre Association – Resources for Culture and the Association for Urban Transition (A.T.U.) prepared for the City of Timișoara the Cultural Strategy of Timisoara Municipality 2014-2024, the first long-term cultural strategy of a Romanian city. It was the result of a vast consultation and participatory planning process, guided by a transversal vision over culture and a sustainable approach based on the potential, needs and capacity of the cultural operators in Timisoara. Culture is regarded throughout the strategy as a form of artistic expression but also as an important factor for development of the city’s social, economic and democratic capital. Also, three debates on themes of European relevance with the participation of professionals from Hungary, France, Spain, Italy/Belgium, Holland, Serbia and Romania were organised in the frame of the contract.
The main results of the project were the creation and development of the network “Support culture in education”, the publishing of analysis and policy-briefs, and the development of competences for cooperation in cultural-educational projects. The beneficiaries were cultural and educational organizations and institutions interested in the potential of culture to positively affect the lives of children and young people. Culture in education was coordinated by the Association CubicMetre – resources for culture and developed in partnership with “Sintagma” Centre for Education and Training, Gabriela Tudor Foundation, the Foundation for an Open Society, and the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale”.
documentation, text editing, grant-proposal writing.
The Coalition of the Independent Cultural Sector is a network of cultural NGOs, artists and cultural managers that aims to support and promote the interests of the private cultural sector in relation to the public authorities. Its objectives are to: contribute to the reform of public funding systems for culture; support the access of the independent cultural sector to public funds; involve the independent cultural sector in the formulation and implementation of cultural policies; improve the organisational capacity of the NGO cultural sector. It runs advocacy and lobby campaigns; monitors the activity of public administrative bodies; produces studies, reports and evaluations around aspects that concern the profile and activity of NGO cultural organisations. It aims to become an active partner of dialogue with public autorities and with public cultural institutions.
CubicMetre – Resources for Culture is a Bucharest-based NGO set up in 2012 with the aim of providing a platform for meetings, debates and expertise for the professionals in the field of culture. Our organisation explores, supports and helps develop the cultural sector through specialised studies and interdisciplinary projects and by creating concrete favourable contexts where artists, cultural operators, researchers and authorities can meet and communicate. We believe in the important role of arts and culture in the development of each individual and of society as a whole and we advocate for professional cultural management and a democratic process of substantiating cultural policies at national and local level.
2015 https://culturaineducatie.ro/portfolio-posts/biblioteca-vie-a-culturii-in-educatie/ Asociația MetruCub – resurse pentru cultură
Role: co-editor (together with Ștefania Ferchedău)
The publication is a collection of interviews that show the vision and the experience of some of the key practictioners of culture in education in Romania. It aims to educate and inspire new practices of cooperation between cultural organisations and Romanian schools, but also to point in the direction of systemic interventions and upscaling of those approaches that have proven then positive impact.
From January 20 to February 14 I will be manager in residence at ZonaD – studio Paradis Serial. This would mean to have available a space for meetings and other events that I have been planning since the end of last year. Also, very importantly, it would be an occassion to develop a common work-space with those who wish to become involved in the work of CubicMetre – resources for culture NGO. It is a great opportunity, for which I thank Cosmin Manolescu and Ştefania Ferchedău, managers of ZonaD, colleagues and friends.