Current Projects

FACE encourages the cultural field to develop formal and informal collaborations in order to answer immediate needs, but also to tackle new challenges related to the future development of their work – such as the use of digital technologies, innovative approaches to audience engagement, or the testing of new business and management models.

Learning Trajectories – Internationalisation Programmes Upgraded (2020-2022)

The arts and culture sector in Europe are a recognized contributor to addressing some of society’s most pressing issues. The sector’s infrastructure includes artistic organisations, networks, research and training providers, both formal and informal. Artists and culture professionals are encouraged (or do not have a choice) to internationalise their careers in order to increase their long-term (financial) sustainability. Sometimes public and private bodies support their capacity to work abroad, by supporting their mobility, organizing info sessions, or circulating resources, etc. However, these strategies, aiming at increasing financial growth for artists and cultural professionals', are seldom well-translated into structured action plans, information and training programmes, or mentoring/tailor-made coaching.

Covid-19 has dealt a massive blow to the sector, the financial fallout of which will have repercussions for many years to come. International mobility, as a central component of the professional trajectory of artists and culture professionals, is heavily impacted. Learning Trajectories aims at providing innovative methodologies on how to operate internationally, develop key skills and strengthen networks, also contributing to the recovery /survival of the culture sector in Europe.

Thanks to the support of the Erasmus+ programme, FACE together with Eunia (Sweden), On the Move (Belgium) and MateraHub (Italy) will:
- Develop new working methodologies to encourage international prospection as a solid strategy to be embedded in mentoring schemes;
- Increase the artists & culture professionals’ capacity/ability to operate internationally, particularly in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis;
- Design practical guides based on the testing of an innovative curated prospection programme to help mentors contributing to internationalisation schemes;
- Provide opportunities to exchange good practice, engage in internal staff development, and upgrade the quality of mentoring programmes for artists & culture professionals;
- Develop a dynamic setting where we can address the challenges ahead, in our respective contexts and at a European level.

SHIFT - Shared Initiatives for Training (2019-2021)

FACE is part of SHIFT, a new Erasmus+ project gathering nine European platforms. Coordinated by the European Music Council, the project began in December 2019 and runs until December 2021.

In today’s rapidly changing world, one of our great challenges is to create a path to more sustainable societies – and to do so by working together to face global challenges such as climate change, gender equality, and the inclusion of minority groups. Arts and culture play a recognised role in shaping societies and have the potential to significantly contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all, as demanded by the UN in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The project SHIFT aims to provide training and skills for cultural leaders who work in cultural networks. These leaders will be empowered to implement the needed changes – to make the cultural shift – and to pass knowledge gained through the project on to leaders and staff members within their network, as well as to those in the broader cultural sector. Over the course of this two-year project, partners will also produce online manuals and guidelines on the following themes: Cultural Leadership, Climate Change, Gender and Power Relations, and Inclusion.

The project is coordinated by EMC - European Music Council and gathers: ECA-EC - European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts, EMCY - European Union of Music Competitions for Youth, FACE - Fresh Arts Coalition Europe, IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts, IMC - International Music Council, OTM - On the Move, and TEH - Trans Europe Halles.

News related to current projects are posted in Upcoming Activities.

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