Create cultural expressions, so that they can be part of and enrich the life of the city

The 2020 Rome Charter

The rise of cultural participation – and more importantly, perhaps, its recognition – challenge outdated ideas about professional production for appreciative consumers. The lines between professional and non-professional artists have become blurred. Many people who discover and enjoy art want to make it themselves, whether for pleasure, for social reasons or for a career. All these roles makes a valuable contribution to the cultural ecology of a place. Signalling that all forms of cultural creation and diversity are respected is one thing, but it is also necessary to ensure that the capability to create is equitably distributed. In culture, strength in depth is secured by nurturing a creative ecology in which each person can flourish where they want.

How might policy and programmes enable people’s capabilities to discover culture? Possibilities include:

  • Ensuring equitable access to education and training in art and cultural professions
  • Supporting spaces with resources for artistic creation open to local residents
  • Specialist youth art provision and training programmes 
  • Encouraging colleges and universities to support artistic research, training and creation
  • Employment and taxation policies that sustain cultural workers
  • Policies to assist informal, social and amateur cultural activity 

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