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- About the Platform
Brokering Migrants' Cultural participation
(Project : October 2013 - August 2015)
“Brokering Migrants’ Cultural participation” (MCP Broker) is a project born out of PIE’s Intercultural Practice Exchanges (2009-2012), its involvement in the EU Member State expert group work on Cultural Diversity & Intercultural Dialogue (2011-2013), and also its explorations with Migration Policy Group, an organization much experienced in devising instruments with which to chart progress in matters of advancing integration and diversity policies.
Public cultural institutions played an important role in the consolidation of European nation states, which subscribed to the notion of homogenous national cultures. Theatres, opera and ballet houses, concert halls and museums helped embody what is Spanish, Dutch, Danish … As the diversity of European societies and the complexity of individuals’ identity has received greater recognition and the reality of immigration into Europe has been politically acknowledged, public cultural institutions need to depart from their traditional authoritative role and become brokers of the relationships in current societies marked by diversity. They need to open themselves to the newcomers to society both as recipients of cultural productions and as cultural producers and actors themselves. Public cultural institutions need to fully subscribe to the democratisation of culture and all people’s human right, which foresees access to and participation in culture for all. Moreover, from the taxpayers’ perspective, they need to justify their public subsidies by serving the full spectrum of those who contribute to government budgets.
The MCP Broker project centres on
- A benchmarking tool for diversity management in cultural institution in order to manage the sector's needs on how to promote integration. It tracks the potential journey of a cultural institution from a basic level where the institutions recognise the need to reflect society’s diversity by adapting rules and making statements, through two intermediate levels to an advanced level, where the cultural institutions as organisations fully reflects society’s diversity and promotes participation. Benchmarks for each level are defined in six different areas: (a) audience/visitor relations, (b) programme/repertoire/collections, (c) partners/collaborators for programming and profiling, (d) employees, (e) board members, and (f) suppliers.
- A pilot research exercise in order to analyse the sector's needs on how to promote integration. Research will be carried out with 10-15 cultural institutions each in at least 7 EU countries with a diversified cultural sector and a strong set of public cultural institutions that have had to face important challenges regarding the integration of Third Country Nationals.
- The identification of public cultural institutions (PCIs), to which an accompanied Learning Partnership (LPs) will be offered in order to equip the sector on how to promote integration. Four kinds of LPs are foreseen: (a) Between PCIs who are advanced in their field in terms of diversity management and similar institutions interested in emulating the example in order to spread good practice. (b) Between PCIs and non-governmental organisations rooted in migrant self-organisation which promote either artists from Third Countries resident in the EU or migrants’ cultural participation in order to bring intercultural competence into the public institutions and to enhance the involvement of the NGOs. (c) Between PCIs and employment agencies in order to develop strategies for the diversification of their staff. (d) Between PCIs and schools with high migrant population.
- Benchmarking tool and LPs outcomes will be disseminated broadly for use and emulation.
MCP Broker involves five project partners:
Interarts Foundation for International Cooperation, Barcelona
Platform for Intercultural Europe, Brussels
Intercult, Stockholm (PIE member)
IG Kultur Österreich, Vienna (PIE member)
ECCOM Idee per la Cultura, Rome
MCP Broker is financially supported by the European Integration Fund (Community Action) of European Commission DG Home Affairs.
PIE gratefully acknowledges co-funding from ERSTE Foundation. This project has been supported by ERSTE Foundation.