GLOBAL GOALS S02E10: Arts & Culture


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Cities attract and preserve our heritage, but the arts can be one of the first casualties during austere times. Now, a wave of polarisation has left us with few places where we can engage in difficult, nuanced conversations that are not black and white. For cities embroiled in or emerging from conflict, the arts can be that conciliatory grey area. The arts can also allow people to learn from the past and make the marginalised visible.


On the flip side, creative people are often outliers, easily stigmatized by society, even in large, anonymous cities. While inclusivity is now fashionable, protecting performance and visual artists requires authenticity. In this regard, the unfolding digital art world is providing new opportunities. To make sure nobody is left behind, though, cities must make resources and education available, regardless of whether they are in the global south or the global north.


In this episode we look at how the visual and performance arts and culture are shaping cities in the 21st century. We explore how and where culture is supported, and what that means to its accessibility. We also look at what happens to cities that undergo significant political shifts and how we must consciously allow the arts to thrive in today’s competing priorities.




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SPEAKERS

Author of A Circular Economy Handbook, Consultant and Host of the Circular Economy Podcast Catherine Weetman is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, coach, consultant and host of the Circular Economy Podcast. She founded Rethink Solutions to help businesses, social enterprises and community groups to use circular economy approaches to build a better world. Catherine's award-winning book, A Circular Economy Handbook, explains the what, why and how of the circular economy. The second edition, due out in November 2020, includes a new chapter on packaging, over 100 new examples, and many more updates. Catherine qualified as an Industrial Engineer and began her career in garment manufacturing, before moving onto logistics solution design, project management, business intelligence and supply chain consulting, including senior roles with Tesco, Kellogg's and DHL Supply Chain. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport,  a Fellow of The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), a university lecturer and has a Master's Degree from Cranfield University. She supports the Circular Economy Club as a mentor and Chapter lead for the Tees Valley, in the UK.

SHONA McCARTHY

CEO, Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Shona McCarthy is the chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the charity that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - the largest arts festival in the world. Originally from County Down, Shona has dedicated her career to championing and developing arts and culture.


Founder and Creative Director, Biomimicry Innovation Lab  Richard loves to explore fresh ideas and concepts and is ever curious about the environment around him. He is an award-winning designer and has worked worldwide in cities, manufacturing, food systems and product design. Richard’s passion is to develop innovation models to reduce costs and improve efficiency and resilience in the design and manufacturing process. He taught at some of the top design schools in the world: from The Royal College of Art (UK); The Pratt Institute (USA); Vellore Institute of Technology (India); and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). Richard is also the founder of the non-profit Biomimicry UK, an equine technology startup, Smart Stable Limited, whilst sitting on several advisory boards. He combines design work with research development via the Design Society and the ISO Standards in Biomimetics.

ANIELA COVELESKI

Artist and Business Representative, SAG-AFTRA


Aniela Coveleski, artist, with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, was events coordinator of arts in Bushwick (AiB), which is known for the Bushwick Open Studios festival in Brooklyn, NY. She worked with AiB to create a bridge between the “educated art bubble” and native artists of Bushwick. After leaving AiB, she and her partner David Wilson co-founded Brooklyn Lost Arts, an organisation that is in the formative stages. She sits on the board of community museum and civic organization, The City Reliquary. Her current role at SAG-AFTRA helps protect performers working in the entertainment industry.


Founder and Creative Director, Biomimicry Innovation Lab  Richard loves to explore fresh ideas and concepts and is ever curious about the environment around him. He is an award-winning designer and has worked worldwide in cities, manufacturing, food systems and product design. Richard’s passion is to develop innovation models to reduce costs and improve efficiency and resilience in the design and manufacturing process. He taught at some of the top design schools in the world: from The Royal College of Art (UK); The Pratt Institute (USA); Vellore Institute of Technology (India); and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). Richard is also the founder of the non-profit Biomimicry UK, an equine technology startup, Smart Stable Limited, whilst sitting on several advisory boards. He combines design work with research development via the Design Society and the ISO Standards in Biomimetics.

ADIAM GAFOO

COO, Arts Help


Renewables and environment industry executive. Adiam is skilled in trend analysis, sustainable development, urban planning, sustainable business and the not-for-profit sector. Planning professional with a bachelor’s degree focused on regional and urban planning from the University of Saskatchewan.



CHARITY


For this episode we will be supporting ELEVEN CAMPAIGN by donating £100 for Every 100 Listeners which will allow :

  • 100 packages of food, 1 educational workshop & 10 footballs

Eleven Campaign is an UK-based international non-profit organization that uses the unifying power of sport, to celebrate diversity, promote equality, cross-cultural collaboration and youth development.


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