Vigorous Cultural sector

The cultural sector has an important researching and designing function in renewing and reinforcing the knowledge-driven society. It generates mental capacity that can lead to unexpected opportunities and connections.

Vigorous <span>Cultural sector</span>
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The cultural sector can function as the R&D lab of society by drawing attention to, challenging, putting into perspective and sometimes even altering the course of social and technological developments. However, this does not happen automatically. Therefore, we offer learning environments++Leaderschip in CultureCheck LinC, learning programme for leaders in the cultural sector who want to use their creativity and intuition for a healthy, active and financially robust sector. for innovators in the cultural sector that allow them to visualise this change and to establish new connections, both within the sector and between the cultural sector and its public and other sectors such as education and tourism.

There is a need both for new (digital) means of spreading and increasing the accessibility of culture and for new paradigms and business models capable of making this sustainable. This means smart solutions that leave aside classic dichotomies such as business versus artistic, commercial versus public and popular versus niche culture.We aim for smart solutions that leave aside classic dichotomies such as business versus artistic, commercial versus public and popular versus niche culture. It requires not just space for reflection and experiment but also further professionalisation of the sector at the organisational level. Art and cultural policy in the Netherlands is geared towards creating (minimum) preconditions. It is the task of the sector to think again about its unique identity and about the social and economic value that the sector creates or can create in our society.

We are committed to establishing new connections and making culture open and accessible.

We do this by:

  • Bringing together a vanguard of cultural leaders in learning environments and by challenging them to establish new connections (see for example Leiderschap in Cultuur (Leadership in Culture)).
  • Working on the basis of a broad framework and in an open and interdisciplinary wayIt is the task of the sector to think again about its unique identity and about the social and economic value that the sector creates or can create in our society. and by organising access to new sources of knowledge, resources, expertise and contacts.
  • By making cultural data (digitised works, metadata) open and by stimulating the development of useful applications so that culture can become accessible to as many people as possible (see Open Culture Data).
  • Devising new paradigms and business models and by offering support in the implementation of these (see @Diversity, Images for the Future and Open Images).

We work together closely with a network of professionals and organisations in the cultural sector (artists, musicians, designers, collection managers), professionals and organisations with expertise in the area of learning organisations and professionalisation and relevant social organisations. This allows us to remain innovative ourselves and to generate more impact. At present we are working together with organisations such as the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG), Coaching in de Cultuur, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Open State Foundation.

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