It is well recognized that the impact of culture on local development is largely achieved through passive or active cultural participation and access of diverse groups to cultural activities and experiences. Cultural participation is linked to a number of areas of social and economic impact on social inclusion, well-being and health, cultural and creative entrepreneurship and tackling societal challenges.
In this respect, during December 2020 – February 2021, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Commission are organizing a joint online event within the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage. The aim is to provide evidence and guidance on ways to maximize the economic and social value of cultural heritage and support the emergence of the creative economy. This event is dedicated to policy makers and practitioners active in the promotion and support of the cultural and creative sectors at city, regional or national level, representatives of cultural and creative sectors, researchers and all those interested in the social and economic impact of culture on local development.
As part of this project, the „Cultural participation and local resilience: Strategies for the recovery” event comprises several webinar sessions and panels on different topics and during 2-3 December relevant cultural practitioners, researchers and policy makers are sharing their experiences in order to provide new insights on what are the key points to be followed at the European level in respect to cultural participation and resilience during this crisis period.
We were invited to share from our experience within the Art & Well-being project on how cultural participation can influence the wellbeing and the resilience of the inhabitants of the European space. Rarița Zbranca, Programme Director at Cluj Cultural Centre, shared several project insights with all the participants. Still work in progress, the Art & Wellbeing project has the potential to provide relevant insights at the European level from the perspective of three components: Artistic Programme, Research and Capacity Building & Advocacy Programme on the topic of art and well-being. By the end of this small scale cooperation project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU, together with the partners within the project – BOZAR, UGM and BKF, we will explore the potential of arts to enhance individual and community well-being and will provide the results of this entire process, evaluated at the European level.
Details and panel discussion recordings are available here.