Advisory & Consultation Phase:
Disciplines Working Unit [Group A]
Focal Points: Outreach & Sustainability
2nd September 2020
Daniela Vella Blagovic
* The Advisory Group is made up of representatives from Public Cultural Organisations, Beneficiaries of Investment in Cultural Organisations & the Gozo Cultural Support Programme, Festivals, Public Entities, Associations & Organisations, Lobby Groups, Cultural Operators (Management, Education, Communities), Beneficiaries of the Malta Arts Fund Special Call, and Participants of the ACMlab Special Series & Arts Reboot Series.
The following call-to-actions were outlined by sector stakeholders during the Advisory Group session further to a discussion on the challenges being faced by the Cultural and Creative Sectors:
The need to advocate and build partnerships within the sector and beyond, to avoid being faced with a gap as younger generations are discouraged from opting for creative careers.
The need for a stronger voice and awareness campaigns to convey the message that the arts are essential and relevant at all times.
The need for clear direction and sector-specific guidelines for arts education professionals in both the public and private sectors, as online provision cannot replace hands-on learning and studio practice. Different disciplines and settings necessitate different approaches and measures.
The need for students and parents to be encouraged to regain trust and financially incentivised to continue recognising the importance of arts education.
The need to offer transport to students living with vulnerable individuals, in order to enable them to get to educational institutions and to get training in a safe environment.
The need to acknowledge online as a tool but not as a solution, and for relative assistance in developing digital strategies as a part of the new modus operandi.
The need to assist artists both financially and strategically in order to find ways to sustain themselves and their practice in challenging times.