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The inspirational power of Arts and Cultural Management practitioners.

【STAM Times】
TACPS:The inspirational power of Arts and Cultural Management practitioners.
By Wong Yuet (王玥) Editor: Jean Huang(黃靜惠)
Proofreader : Robert Lantin (藍伯捷)
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A new week begins, another experience sharing session on Monday, March 23, 2020. Today’s topic is the inspirational power of Arts Management on politics, economic and social developments. Our teacher invited the president of Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies, Liu Jun Yu (劉俊裕), to share his views on Arts Management and his experience at the National Cultural Congress.
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Liu Jun Yu is a Professor of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at the National Taiwan University of the Arts. He edited a lot of famous publications such as ReOrient: An East Asian Approach on Cultural Policy and Cultural Governance (2018) and The Mapping of Cultural Rights in Taiwan (2015). He has been the organizer of “2017 Project of Cultural Congress and Cultural White Paper by the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan.”
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“What is Arts and Cultural Management? ” Professor Liu divided the lecture into three levels: (i) Management of Country and City Culture; (ii) Management of Art and Culture Venues and industries; and (iii) Management of Culture. Arts and Cultural Management practitioners have to take on a lot of responsibilities. He reminded us never to underestimate our own position, even if it is big or small.
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He also mentioned that social issues will become the inspiration for artists. For example, COVID-19 may become a theme for art in the future too. Art can be a way to let the public reflect on the past.
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From this lecture, he shared some of his experiences about organizing a project named “Cultural Congress and Cultural White Paper. ” His sharing included the reason of conduct for this project and its difficulties. He emphasized that Two-way communication is important for a project’s organization process. It is not only for the seniors, it also includes juniors.
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Last but not least, Professor Liu indicated that only 1% of college students in Taiwan major in the Arts or Arts-related fields. The chair of the department of Arts Management, Ding Yi Zhen (丁亦真), described this 1% as the heart of the country. She also reminded us that Arts Management practitioners are a minority of the world. But how it affects the world will be just like how the National Cultural Congress affects the decisions of the president.