TOPIC #16 - Cultural mobility in the new normal: how can we continue to support knowledge exchange and mentoring of young arts professionals?
ENCATC and ASEF were pleased to organise the conversation titled: “Cultural mobility in the new normal: how can we support knowledge exchange and mentoring of young arts professionals?”.
Organised as part of the virtual residency for arts journalists Virtual Crossovers, this talk presented innovative ways to support knowledge exchange and capacity building in times of restricted mobility.
The concept of cultural exchanges in times of physical distancing has emerged as the key challenge of the past year. In response, many actors in the arts have risen to the occasion by devising new and innovative ways to adapt projects to be accessible online and rallying their communities to co-create new digital art projects.
However, in this so-called ‘race’ to generate content amidst the Covid-19 standstill, young and emerging artists, curators, arts journalists and arts managers are often unable to access immersive capacity building opportunities in the same way that distance learning has become the norm in other industries.
Are young arts professionals prepared or equipped to transform their practice into the virtual world? Can they access in-depth training and mentoring? Are they able to collaborate online extensively as they used to through physical exchanges?
The presentations and discussions looked at these issues and present current EU cultural policies to support exchanges with Asia as well share innovative ways to collaborate and learn online.
- Read the article by Tola Say, one of our invited guests, which comes out of her experience as a mentee in the Virtual Crossovers exchange "Making Arts Accessible in Rural Areas of Cambodia"
- Read the article by Klaudia Chzhu which comes out of her experience as a mentee in the Virtual Crossovers exchange "Towards a Gender Equity in the Arts"