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The Norwegian cultural barometer shows that the proportion of Norwegians who go to a museum has remained fairly stable over the past decades, but as of today we know little about whether they visit the museums. This is the first time that a comprehensive national overview of how the museums are used is being created.
The Cultural Council should contribute to both informing and engaging in debate about the role of art and culture and its importance for a democratic, inclusive and innovative society, says Renate Enemark Bergersen. In October she will take up the position of Director of the Cultural Council's new department for cultural analysis.
The Minister of Culture visits the council once a year, which gives both the opportunity to inform each other about the work in the cultural sector and to discuss current issues.
The Arctic Arts Summit is an important meeting place between art and cultural environments, research environments and decision makers, says Espen Hernes, director of the Culture Council's Cultural Department. He believes this year's conference was characterized by a lot of energy and knowledge.
Art and culture have a central role in Norwegian democracy. This also shows in the cultural policy debate in Parliament today, says Kristin Danielsen, Director of Arts Council Norway.
The Culture Council's director Kristin Danielsen gave the opening talk at the conference "Connecting Cultures - Shaping a Creative Future for Georgia and Europe", May 6, 2019. The conference is a launch of the Georgian Ministry of Culture's new international initiative for more European cooperation.