In May 2021, Acesso Cultura organised a seminar with the Happy Museum Project | Common Cause Foundation, entitled “Values for Stronger Communities”. One of the first exercises for each trainee was to choose from an extensive list the three values that were most important to them. Then, they were invited to think about their workplaces and the extent to which their values were acknowledged and respected in the exercise of their duties. The fact that only one trainee gave an affirmative answer made evident the great distance that often exists between who we are as individuals and who we are in our professional context (or what we are allowed to be). It has also become evident that, since there is a greater expectation on behalf of society and also cultural professionals in relation to the ethical conduct of cultural organisations, it is very much necessary for the latter to reflect on their values and communicate them publicly.
What are the values of each cultural organisation? Why should they be defined and publicly acknowledged? How are they expressed? And, most of all, how do cultural organisations identify, cultivate and transmit important values to the communities in which they operate? We invited three colleagues to talk to us about this topic.
The seminars will take place online and will be conducted in English.
19 May 2022, 5pm-7pm WET (Lisbon) | 9am-11am PST (San Francisco)
Chief of Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Meklit is Chief of Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She is an Ethio-American vocalist, songwriter and composer, known for her electric stage presence and innovative, deeply personal Ethio-Jazz songs. Her performances have taken her around the world, from Addis Ababa – where she is a full blown star – to San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, Nairobi, Cairo, Montreal, London, Zurich, Rome, Helsinki and many more. Meklit’s latest album, “When the People Move, the Music Moves Too”, was named amongst the best records of the year by Bandcamp and The Sunday Times UK, climbing to the top of the iTunes, NACC, and European World Charts. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a TED Senior Fellow, and a former Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University. She has collaborated with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Andrew Bird, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and musical legend Pee Wee Ellis. Meklit is co-founder, co-producer and host of Movement, a new radio series and live show telling stories of global migration through music.
6 April 2022, 10am-12noon WET (Lisbon) | 11am-3pm CET(Ljubljana)
Historian, President of ICOM Slovenia
Kaja Širok is a historian, museum manager and researcher. For ten years she was the director of the National Museum of Recent History and worked as a research associate at the Faculty of Arts (Department of Sociology). She is currently the President of ICOM Slovenia, member of ICMEMO and the ICOM ETHICS Committee. In 2019, she was appointed a member of the Academic Committee of the House of European History in Brussels. Since 2021, she has been creating projects for the European Capital of Culture GO! 2025 Nova Gorica – Gorizia. She was recently appointed Director of Nova Gorica – European Capital of Culture 2025. She works as an assistant professor at the Department of Cultural History at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Her current research addresses history and oral history, heritage studies, museum and memorial studies, with a particular focus on creating national narratives related to identity formation, conflicting memories, and revisionism. She has published several scientific articles and participated in various EU projects on memory, difficult heritage and museum studies. She is a candidate for ICOM’s Executive Board for its 2022 elections.
9 March 2022, 10am-12noon WET (Lisbon | Glasgow) | 11am-3pm CET
Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland
Jackie Wylie is Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland. Previously, she founded Take Me Somewhere, a Glasgow wide international performance festival based at the Tramway. She was Artistic Director of The Arches in Glasgow from 2008 – 2015, where she transformed the venue into one of Europe’s most celebrated multi-arts venues. Previously, she worked in film and television production. Edinburgh born Wylie studied Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Glasgow. She was a fellow of the Clore leadership programme in 2016/17.