The final global webinar in this 2021 series will turn our attention to an area of growing interest and significance in creative communities, namely that of the different care approaches needed to address the professionals in the field, a category which includes students, teachers, arts professionals, curators and participants. The people involved are not only parts of a system but much more, in other words the living embodiment of stories, narratives, experiences, hopes and identities that go beyond the individual and make up the community.

Matters of proximity, demographics, history, access, and privilege in benefitting from resources will be touched upon in relation to governance methods and patterns in the Philippines and Singapore and elsewhere in Asia, the US and Europe, with particular reference to Malta. Therefore, the idea of building bridges in order to counter the risk of 'falling into the cracks' will inspire our discussion about facing the various problems experienced while trying to function in society and finding one's place.

Join us on Thursday 18 November at 18:00 CET on Zoom. The general audience will be able to contribute to this 60-minute webinar session by joining through this link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F08Mx5ghSTWTD3TselJ8aA and send comments and questions during the live chat section.

Speakers

Aimee R. Fullman

Aimee R. Fullman serves as Director National Resource Center for Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network. Aimee’s career in cultural policy and arts management has focused around international cultural engagement and cultural diversity driven by a passion for the value of arts and culture in societies. Over the past twenty years, she has worked as a researcher, policy adviser, and arts administrator for institutions including Americans for the Arts, American Voices, British Council, Canadian Heritage, Institute of International Education, Foundation Center, National Endowment for the Arts, and UNESCO.

Aimee grew up dancing, singing and playing musical instruments and holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in International Cultural Policy, Nonprofit Management, and Public Administration, a BA in International Affairs with a Minor in Dance, and a Certificate in Higher Education. She is deeply committed to bridging theory, research, teaching and practice and served as an Assistant Professor (2017-2021) and former Director of the Arts Management Program at George Mason University.

 

Jason Vitorillo

Jason Vitorillo has been in the academe for over ten years. He was previously the Chair of the Arts Management Program of the School of Design and Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila. He also served as the Lecturer-in-Charge of the BA(Hons) Arts Management Programme of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore from 2016 - 2021. He is currently a lecturer in the BA(Hons) Arts Management and MA in Arts and Cultural Leadership Programmes of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

He holds an MA in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Jason recently published an essay entitled, “Whose governance, whose good? Cultural Policy and Governance in the Philippines”, in the special issue “Democratizing Arts”, Arts & International Affairs Journal in 2020. His research interests include international cultural policy, models of arts funding, audience development and engagement, arts and cultural management education, and the intangible cultural heritage of indigenous communities.

 

Caldon Mercieca

Caldon Mercieca works as manager at the Valletta Design Cluster, a community space for cultural and creative practice in Valletta. He has worked on the National Cultural Policy (2011) and on the National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries (2013), on the European Capital of Culture in Valletta(2018), as well as on the development and implementation of several public funding initiatives related to culture and the arts. Caldon holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Malta, where he contributes to courses on policy and on critical perspectives relating to artistic practice and culture under a number of faculties and institutes in the Humanities.