Monday, October 07, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
A new on-line information and support service was started last April 2013 for cultural employment and undertaking. The new service is provided on the website of the Infoculture Culture and Employment Documentation Centre. This service consists of two new sections; one dedicated to Cultural Employment and the anther centred on Cultural Undertaking. These services intend to supply the necessary tools that will help cultural actors to improve their access to employment within the sector. It will also help cultural undertakers and cultural and creative companies to look for strategies that will allow them to remain sustainable in specially difficult times.
The incorporation of these new sections has lead to a substantial change in the design and internal structure of the website, which is now better adapted to the new information tools without interfering with the previously existing sections. It therefore offers a 2.0 website with the capacity to provide improved services in the future.
The project for developing new services is funded by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Sport through the Cultural Action and Promotion Funds 2013.
2014 foresees the incorporation of new sections designed to improve the administrative and management capacities in cultural companies and to contribute to an improved structuring of the cultural sector. In short, it will consist in implementing tools to encourage the creation and development of creative and cultural industries and to aid the growth of the creative economy and boost employment in the cultural sector. These new services will be developed during the course of the year 2013 in a second stage of the project financed by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Sport through the Cultural Action and Promotion Funds 2013.
The Infoculture "Culture and Employment" Documentation Centre is a service specialised in collecting, processing and disseminating information related to employment and training in the cultural sector. Its goal is to provide informational support to cultural actors in order to encourage their professionalisation. The Centre is coordinated by Multilateral.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
The last days of May and early June hosted the ending courses of the training cycle designed for cultural agents in the Dominican Republic and Haiti within the framework of the project titled "Reinforcement of the Professional Capacities of Cultural Agents in the Dominican Republic and Haiti". The project included the participation of organisations such as Multilateral, Red Dominicana de Culturas Locales, and Volontariat pour le Developpement d'Haiti and was funded by the European Union through the programme "Investing in People and Cultural Programme of the Eastern Partnership: Reinforcement of Training in the Cultural Sector".
A course was given from the 27th to the 31st of May 2013 in Santo Domingo and from the 2nd to the 7th of June 2013 in Port-au-Prince titled "Marketing in Cultural Associations". The purpose of the course was to train the participants in using the basic marketing techniques which would aid them in reaching the objectives targeted by the associations, organisations and projects they are involved in or in which they intend to develop their professional activity. The courses were given by teachers Cristina Riera and Iguázel Elhombre in Santo Domingo and by Anne Laure Le Bodo in Port-au-Prince, who offered their vast experience in the field of communications and in the application of marketing strategies in a variety of professional associations.
The cycle, which came to a close with these courses, included six training courses, 3 for each country. Apart from the mentioned course, the cycle included an initial introductory course on the cultural reality of both territories -with the participation of teachers from each country-, and a second course given in April 2013 by David Roselló Cerezuela, Director of Nexe Cultural, on the Design and Assessment of Cultural Projects. 40 pupils from both areas have participated during the cycle, thus contributing to sharing experience between professionals from each country and allowing to set up cooperation projects.
The project titled "Reinforcement of Professional Capacities of Cultural Agents in the Dominican Republic and Haiti" ends on November 2013 with a series of international days held on the Haitian-Dominican border for the purpose of achieving the involvement of cultural agents throughout all the Caribbean area and analysing the possibility of public/private partnerships to create economic opportunities in the cultural scene.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
As part of the "Reinforcement of the professional abilities of the cultural agents from the Dominican Republic and Haiti" project, the first training courses aimed at cultural agents of both countries were carried out in February 2013. These courses are part of the training cycle that will be taught in Santo Domingo and Port au Prince until June, and whose aim it to make the sector's agents aware of the role that culture has in the development of a territory, how it increases working opportunities in the cultural sector by promoting self-employment, consolidates business capacity in small cultural companies and improves conditions for cooperation between the agents of both countries.
The cycle includes 3 courses, one of which has already been undertaken, where people will be trained on the cultural sector of both territories, the design of a cultural project and on marketing of cultural organisations. Agents from both countries will attend the courses, a total of 20 per territory. This first course has had different professionals and experts of the sector from both locations as its teachers, and was carried out between the 18th and 22nd February in Santo Domingo and between 25th February and 1st March in Port au Prince.
This training is one of the activities from the "Reinforcement of professional abilities of the cultural agents from the Dominican Republic and Haiti" project, financed by the European Union through the programme "Invest in people programme and Oriental Association Cultural programme: Reinforcement of abilities in the cultural sector," and has members from Multilateral, and the local organisations of the Red Dominicana de Culturas Locales, and Volontariat pour le Developpement d’Haiti.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
On 25th February 2013, there was a presentation to the press of the information and documentation centre for the cultural sector-Tocayo- at its headquarters in Port au Prince, and of the project that got it started "Reinforcement of professional abilities of the cultural agents from the Dominican Republic and Haiti." Present at this event were the executive director of the organisation Volontariat pour le Developpement d’Haiti (VDH), local member of the project in this country, Mr. Arnoux Descardes, and the President of Multilateral, Aragonese Association for Cultural Cooperation, Mr. Pedro Canut Ledo, coordinating organisation of the initiative, as well as Mr. Ansy Niclas, manager of the headquarters in Haiti of the information and documentation centre for the cultural sector, Tocayo.
The information and documentation centre for the cultural sector-Tocayo- is one of the activities of the aforementioned project, funded by the European Union through their programme "Invest in people programme and Oriental Association Cultural programme: Reinforcement of abilities in the cultural sector," and has members from Multilateral, and the local organisations of the Red Dominicana de Culturas Locales, and Volontariat pour le Developpement d’Haiti.
The documentation Centre has two centres, one in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the other in Port au Prince, Haiti, with a cross-border bilingual focus. Each of the centres is coordinated by members of the local branch organisations, under the supervision of Multilateral.
The Centre is a work tool that gathers specialised information which is of use to the artists and cultural agents that want to become professional, both from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and to accompany the setting up of the cooperation initiatives between both countries.
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