Author: Mary Ann DeVlieg
Publication Year: 2010
Media Type: Report
This research paper and report on a 2010 summit convened by the Asia-Europe Foundation provides a variety of examples of current and future practice at the arts/environment/sustainability intersection.
There is a growing recognition of the contributions of culture and the arts to finding creative solutions for global challenges. Both civil society and governmental stakeholders are beginning to acknowledge the transversal nature of culture and consequently, its value to sustainable development, environment, education, health and social cohesion, among other fields. In its role as a catalyst, culture can contribute to a better quality of life.
Recognising the important and changing role of culture in contemporary society, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) initiated a programme called Connect2Culture in 2008. The programme’s main objective is to investigate the evolving role of arts and culture in society. To this end, the programme has been bringing together professionals from different sectors including government, arts, science and technology to address pertinent issues from their unique perspectives. Dialogue within the programme has been fostered through a variety of formats including artistic projects, workshops, research and policy meetings. Through these encounters, the programme not only fosters cross-disciplinary networks between civil society stakeholders Asia and Europe, but also serves to channel recommendations to ASEM governments on the significant role of the arts and culture in addressing the most urgent issues of our times. [p. 4]
Arts & Intersections: Environment
Categories: Environment and Sustainability