SAVE THE DATE – APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN IN MAY 2022
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Culture changes lives! The transformative impacts of culture and creativity for better societies
The Summer Academy provides capacity building for policy makers and representatives of cultural and creative sectors (CCS). At the end of the course, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the sector, its needs and dynamics. They will also develop expertise in putting in place effective and integrated strategies and policy frameworks to unleash the full potential of CCS as drivers for local economic growth, job creation and inclusion.
The Summer Academy seeks to:
2022 Focus: Culture changes lives! The transformative impacts of culture and creativity for better societies
The levels of social, environmental and economic inequality in our society are increasingly challenging the health and wellbeing of people. It is time to rethink our approach to local development, whether in metropolitan areas or smaller towns. Culture and creative activities have the capacity to improve the self-confidence and the creativity of individuals, as well as the quality of places for current and future residents. The fifth edition of the Summer Academy aims to discuss and showcase the role of CCS within a common sustainability framework which includes critical areas such as the environment, demography, and social justice.
The Summer Academy targets policy makers and practitioners active in the promotion of and support to creative cultural sectors. Participants may be freelancers or currently work in public institutions (national, regional, provincial or local governments, development agencies, research centres, international organizations) or private companies and organisations (foundations, co-operatives, NGOs, grassroots community organisations, non-profit entities, etc.) or active in the field of CCS development.
Materials & Information
Course outline & Agenda
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The 2022 agenda will be soon available, meanwhile explore the contents of the 2021 edition.
The application process will open in May 2022.
Applicants will have to provide:
► Personal and professional information.
The final number of participants is limited to 24.
There is no participation fee.
Selected candidates will receive all material supporting the event in digital format, instruction on the use of the online platform and technical assistance to best organise their participation.
OECD Trento Centre: [email protected]
tsm: [email protected]
What we discussed in 2021…with a bit of creativity
Fourth Edition | 27-30 September 2021 | DIGITAL
2021 Focus: Culture and creativity at the core of the recovery
As both the climate emergency and the COVID-19 crisis unfold, with increasingly critical impacts on economic, social and educational inequalities, policy makers, urban practitioners and sustainable development activists all over the world are looking for new ways to lay the foundations for strong, healthy, more equal and resilient communities in the future. They are working on many fronts to address the vulnerabilities this generalised state of crisis is exposing.As cities and regions reconsider growth models in the wake of COVID-19, cultural and creative industries can be put at the core of a resilient recovery. CCS are a significant source of jobs and income, and also generate important spillovers to the wider economy. They are a driver of innovation, a source of creative skills, and act as a magnet that helps drive growth in other sectors such as tourism. Beyond their economic impacts, they also have significant social impacts, from supporting health and well-being, to promoting social inclusion and local social capital.
As well as offering a reflection on the policies, methods and approaches that could help us to build back better, SACCI 2021 investigated good practices, and highlighted evidence showing how CCIs, when properly valued and supported, could be the key to unlock a sustainable recovery and to achieve the objectives set by the Agenda 2030.
2021 Agenda & Presenations
(all material is available online and linked throughout the agenda)
How cultural participation may boost the post-pandemic recovery: social impact and behavioural change
Environmental sustainability and culture: mainstreaming international policy frameworks into the cultural and creative industries
Truly building back better: what will it take?
Third Edition | 27-30 April 2020 | DIGITAL
2020 Focus: Joining forces to shape the future
What can we learn from past experiences? How can Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) help people and places to better address the new challenges brought about by climate change, globalisation, demographic change and technological breakthroughs?
For several decades, cities and regions across the world have been successfully mobilising cultural and creative resources to address societal challenges, regenerate the economy, create new identities and promote inclusion.
SACCI 2020 took stock of past CCIs policies and culture-led development initiatives and looked to the future, by focusing on how to reshape CCIs policies in view of the challenges posed by megatrends.
In particular, this edition of the Summer Academy examined how the creativity of artists and CCIs’ entrepreneurs, cross-overs with other sectors and the use of new technologies could spur innovation in process, products and services in various fields such as health and well-being, social cohesion, environment protection, urban renewal, education and skills. The new forms of governance required to deliver such innovation were also part of the discussion.
2020 Agenda & Presentations
(all material is available online and linked throughout the agenda)
CCIs’ perspectives in the lights of megatrends
Creativity in the digital age
Taking stock of the creative city agenda
Second Edition | 16-20 June 2019 | Trento & Bolzano, Italy
2019 Focus: Creative solutions to contemporary challenges
The Academy fosters a hands-on approach, which introduces participants to the overall conceptual and theoretical framework of culture and creativity in local development and invites them to engage proactively, and in creative ways, with local organisations, institutions and places.
Within this approach, the Academy included on-site visits and interview-style sessions with key local actors. This allowed participants to consider real-life situations and to engage with practical dilemmas often faced by their organisations and institutions.
For the 2019 edition, three main dilemmas were identified:
2019 Course outline & Agenda
First Edition | 11-15 June 2018 | Trento & Bolzano, Italy
2018 Focus: The relationship between cultural heritage and CCI
The Academy focused on the relationship between cultural heritage and CCIs, with an exploration of following themes:
2018 Course outline & Agenda
Final conference on CCIs support ecosystems as part of Smart Specialisation Strategy Agenda
(also in Italian)
The Summer Academy is organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with tsm – Trentino School of Management (Italy) and the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) with the support of the Department for Cultural Activities of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) and the Department of Italian culture (Youth Policies Unit) – Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy)