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Arts and Audience Programme

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Through this programme Pro Helvetia aimed to improve the way in which arts outreach is implemented in Switzerland in the long term. The Swiss Arts Council defines cultural outreach as activities which facilitate access to the arts, and create space for an interchange between the audience and the arts.

This Pro Helvetia programme was designed to help raise the quality of outreach projects in practice and to stimulate the exchange of knowledge between experts. It was carried out in close collaboration with city and cantonal funding bodies as well as with a number of other partners.

With the support of the PH Bern University of Teacher Education and the Swiss UNESCO Commission, the Arts Council has launched a platform devoted to cultural outreach in Switzerland. Funded by around twenty organisations, this site increases the visibility of outreach activities in all artistic domains, and stimulates the debates.

On 21 March 2013 the online publication „Time for Arts and Audience Outreach“ (Zeit für Vermittlung) was published. It was issued by the Institute for Art Education (IAE) of the the Zurich University of the Arts on behalf of Pro Helvetia. The publication accompanied the Arts and Audience Outreach programme scientifically and summarized the research conclusions. The publication wants to facilitate further developments in the sector and serve as a tool for practitioners and institutions in the field of Arts and Audience Outreach.

Budget1.95 million CHF
Duration2008 - 2012
Projects4 partner projects with about 20 subprojects, 1 web platform, 4 panel discussions, 1 symposium, various workshops, 1 research project
Locations of eventsLokremise St. Gallen, Théâtre Populaire Romand La Chaux-de-Fonds, Théâtre du Passage Neuchâtel, CentrePasquArt, Journées photographiques, Pod'Ring and Stadtbibliothek Bienne/Biel, Ferme Asile Sion
Main partnersCantons: Aargau, Appenzell Inner Rhodes, Appenzell Outer Rhodes, Geneva, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Valais, Cities: Basel, Bern, Biel, Geneva, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, St. Gallen, Other partners: Swiss UNESCO Commission, Bern University of Teacher Education PHBern plus 6 more Swiss universities, 11 cultural institutions and associations

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