AHK is co-organiser ELIA-conference ‘Making a living from the arts’

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On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th September, the Academy of Theater and Dance, part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), opens its doors for the conference 'Making a living from the Arts'. This conference is organized by ELIA (the European network organization in which 250 institutes of arts education from 49 countries have joined) in cooperation with the AHK. During 'Making a living from the arts' artists, art teachers, creative professionals and cultural entrepreneurs from all over Europe boast entrepreneurship and social impact within the arts.

Entrepreneurship in the arts
The world of work is changing in all fields including the arts. The demand for constant reskilling and life-long learning, the growing flexibility required in career development and the interdisciplinarity approach are becoming major themes for the future development of higher arts education. With the societal challenges and the pressures of globalisation, it becomes increasingly important for artists to strengthen their position in society. For arts educators, the challenges are to meet the needs of future artists and to signify the impact of the arts in communities. As a platform for knowledge sharing, ‘Making a Living from the Arts’ gives the stage to models and practices in the field of cultural entrepreneurship inside and outside higher arts education.

About the conference
The conference starts with challenging values, beliefs and myths around the word 'entrepreneurship', stimulating a critical debate on different discourses and the misconceptions about entrepreneurship within the arts. By means of examples of innovative arts and art education practices, five subthemes are discussed: Social impact and social innovation, expanded professionalism in the arts, creative responses to labor struggles, approaching entrepreneurship in higher arts education, entrepreneurial initiatives: new models Of education.

AHK and entrepreneurship
The Amsterdam University of Arts has recognized the need for entrepreneurship within the arts for years. Both within the curricula, and through collaborations with other universities and in the city and through  the knowledge bank www.beroepkunstenaar.nl, the AHK actively contributes to the development of entrepreneurship within arts education.
At the Academy of Theater and Dance, the principle of learning by doing is central. Upcoming actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, designers and producers realize during their study - under the guidance of professionals from the field of work - countless performances, festivals and events.

For whom
The conference is intended for artists, art teachers, creative professionals and cultural entrepreneurs from all over Europe. The cost for the two day conference is € 150 (including dinner, lunch, visit to the NEU NOW festival and the materials used during the conference). Registration is possible via the website of ELIA