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ELIA Takes Lead on Climate Change in SHIFT Project

23 September 2019

We are excited to announce that ELIA is part of SHIFT - Shared Initiatives for Training.

SHIFT is a new Erasmus+ project that will provide training initiatives for the arts and culture sector in its role in shaping societies. Project partners hope to significantly contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Implementing changes where needed and passing on the gained knowledge to leaders and staff members of cultural networks and the broader cultural sector are key targets of the project.

ELIA is proud to be taking the lead on the Climate Change theme of this project, as this issue is now affecting every country on every continent and disrupting national economies, affecting lives on local, national and global level. The goal of the climate change theme will focus on providing capacity building for leaders and staff of cultural networks on how to claim a role in the action required to achieve the climate change goals of the UN SDGs. Claiming that role means embedding environmental sustainability into the way these networks and their members work and collaborate.

Other themes of the project include:
 

Cultural Leadership

Cultural leadership is one of today’s buzzwords. Yet there is no common understanding on the concept of Cultural Leadership. Today people agree on a community-oriented approach and therefore a shared leadership, which doesn’t have to be neutral and universal, but is aware of its subjectivity and dependence on group identities and values. This new paradigm gives space for a humanistic managerial approach which will benefit to the whole cultural sector.
 

Inclusion

While the topic of inclusion in itself is not new, there are no general guidelines for cultural networks about how an organisation can adapt its work, its communication and its activities to reach more people in danger of being excluded. These guidelines will be the first document aimed at networks, organisations and institutions active in the field of culture. It will also have a special focus on leaders of these networks and organisations, with the aim of training them and reinforcing their capacity to increase inclusion and accessibility and to reduce inequality in their organisation and its activities.
 

Gender & Power-relations

The #METOO movement, and other movements and campaigns, have increased the awareness and empowered employees around the globe to report sexual harassment and other inequalities in the workplace. They have also brought to the surface the vulnerability and a lack of effective protection mechanisms of anyone facing power abuse, regardless of age, class and gender. The aim of this foreseen code of conduct and toolkit is to contribute to a lasting impact of this wave of empowerment on professional and societal culture.

All partners will produce online manuals and guidelines during these two next years (December 2019-December 2021) on the following themes.


Project Partners include:

EMC - European Music Council (Coordinator)

ECA-EC - European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

ELIA

EMCY - European Union of Music Competitions for Youth

FACE - Fresh Arts Coalition Europe

IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts

IMC - International Music Council

On the Move

TEH - Trans Europe Halles


 


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