Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Creating cultural capital 

Activities

Cultural mapping and resource assessment

In order to respond to the need for useful information and data on the creative economy, the Creating cultural capital project carries out mapping exercises and trains local cultural workers in how to develop maps of the creative sector. A map is a “picture” of the cultural sector that identifies its breadth and depth, its needs and opportunities, it is undertaken in order to support policy development. Mapping a sector is generally the first step in developing a cultural sector. The map will include looking at the context in which the sector is operating (in a country, region or town), assessing the relevant support that is or could be available for the sector, and identifying the current extent of the sector (organisations, staff, markets, turnover, etc.). The resulting Map can then be used: as evidence to persuade and influence government, funding agencies, partners (including the business community), the cultural sector itself, etc., and as the basis for future policy, strategy and plans.

Training of creative intermediaries

The second Creating cultural capital activity is focused on training cultural intermediaries. Cultural intermediaries are an interface between governments and the cultural industries sector. They translate the meaning of the cultural sector and its needs to governments and interpret the interests and concerns of governments to the cultural sector. Intermediaries signpost funding and network opportunities; advise on capital investment schemes; investigate copyright issues; organise marketing showcases encourage and nurture networks; provide an interface between local network and trans-local, global possibilities. They advise local policy-makers and support providers, creative practitioners, local authority workers, academics and consultants.

The cultural portal network

This activity involves the creation of an electronic network which will be a source of 'cultural exchange' of information, resources and services for the cultural sector. This network will be managed through local offices or agencies, and internationally linked through the CCC Project. It will serve governments, institutions, agencies, businesses, communities and individuals. The cultural exchange network is a vital link between cultural producers, regions, towns and cities. The portal network will generate a database of information, which can be managed and updated through local Cultural Development Agencies and other partners. It will retrieve statistics and generate reports which will demonstrate the value of the cultural sectors. It will provide a highly interactive method of communication for centre-to-centre and centre-to-interested entity relationships. The network will respect diversity and will be designed to serve the needs of distinct cultural sectors on the basis of information received from these sectors.

A second network, linked to the cultural portals will be a network of civic leaders engaged in creative cities projects.

These activities are based on the belief that:

  • Cultural diversity gives rise to cultural creativity;
  • Cultural creativity is the engine of the new economy;
  • Cultural creativity is rooted in the local level social context and it is developed out of a history, traditions and a respect for the shared experience of place.