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Last month we held the 14th European Chapter meeting in Aarhus, Denmark, bringing together 30 representatives from 18 IFACCA Member countries from the region to discuss a range of topics and common challenges. The public value of the arts was one area of in-depth conversation and - to give our international readers a sense of what is happening in the region - in this issue, we look to how governments across Europe are responding to public value in the recent spate of budget announcements for 2018.
The important role of arts and culture for the lives of people across generations has been a consistent theme in the headlines in the last month. The National Arts Council, Singapore has recently released the findings of Arts for Ageing Well, a two year study which looked at the impact of arts engagement for Singaporeans aged 50 and over. The research looked at both attendance and participation, and the findings support growing evidence that seniors engaged in the arts experience a greater sense of mental and physical wellbeing.
With this edition of ACORNS, we introduce Magdalena Moreno Mujica, IFACCA’s new Executive Director. ‘I am honoured to take on the stewardship of this great institution to lead its next phase. IFACCA has a trajectory of 16 years established at a time when the tools for connecting with colleagues from around the world were limited.
With this edition of ACORNS, we pay tribute to Sarah Gardner, IFACCA’s founding Executive Director, networker extraordinaire and global advocate for arts and culture. After sixteen years witnessing the world’s arts and cultural policy landscape while building IFACCA into a unique organisation with a highly respected international voice, Sarah will be handing over to Magdalena Moreno on 1 August and we have asked her to reflect on ACORNS during that time.
With this edition of ACORNS we launch the theme of the next World Summit on Arts and Culture, MOBILE MINDS: Culture, Knowledge and Change, and reflect on the diverse ways in which the arts and culture are recognised for their role in bringing to light the soul of a community, be it through supporting artists, empowering young arts leaders, or reviving cultural identities.
Raising the profile of culture across other sectors is our key concern for this issue of ACORNS.