Mongolia Culture, Fund raising
In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the University of Culture and Arts in Mongolia, and experts from the USA and Australia, several training sessions and workshops have recently been held on human resource development in the Arts and Cultural Sector. These included training on 'How to apply for International Festivals and Events', 'National Arts Marketing' and 'Fund raising for Arts'. These training sessions and workshops, involved over 250 regional and city arts and cultural organizations' directors, managers, artists and students, and were highly significant to enhance their capacity and to provide better future sustainability in the sector. With over 5,000 people working in the Cultural Sector, employed by more than 40 professional arts organizations, 50 museums and over 50 NGOs dealing with arts and cultural development, arts and culture has great capacity to contribute to human, social and economic development for the nation. However, looking at the current condition of the Sector, it is not playing an active role to shape the future of Mongolia. Creativity should be a major factor in human and youth development and to inter-relate and dialogue with other sectors, such as Education.
Furthermore, the training of professionals in the Arts and Cultural Sector, previously regulated according to Government policy during the Socialist System, has been left behind due to economic crises whilst transitioning to a market economy. Training and the one-day workshop on 'How to apply for the International Festivals and Events' had been organized last July, in order to provide information about opportunities to take part at international events. This workshop could become an important meeting for the arts community to offer opportunities to build and broaden their international partnerships. Taking the current situation of human development in the Arts and Cultural Sector into consideration, last April the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) started the annual Fellowship Program which aims to train the next generation of arts leaders. This program is to empower emerging cultural leaders by enhancing their leadership, management and marketing skills, and deepen their understanding about cultural policies, arts advocacy, and arts education issues. Within the framework of the Fellowship Program, national and international experts conducted workshops and training session not only for Fellowship Program participants, but also for individual artists, art managers and workers in the Sector.
Last September, Mrs. Kelly Tweeddale, Executive Director at Seattle Opera in the USA, conducted a one-day workshop for ACM members, as well as a one-day training on 'Arts and Culture Marketing Policy and Planning' for arts and cultural workers in the Sector. This training was organized by the ACM in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and with support from the Arts Council
of Mongolia-US (ACM-US) and KHAN Bank. Mrs. Tweeddale has a background of over 20 years in the performing arts with a focus on developing new audiences, managing major transitions, integrating technology, and increasing earned revenues, and has served as the Company's Marketing and Communications Director; and taught marketing and PR at the University of Washington. She chairs the Board of the Tessitura Network, is steering chair in a collaborative arts coalition serving the Puget Sound region and is Vice President of the Burke Museum Association Board. The training content was developed based on current needs and demands of local and urban arts institutions and covered the areas of arts marketing, strategy planning, conducting market research, sales and public relations. The training involved over 100 executives, managers and cultural workers at museums, ensembles, theaters, and NGOs and provided information on best practices in the USA, current and future trends in arts marketing, and practical application exercises during the workshop. As the development of human resources will play an important role for future development in the Sector, further training was conducted by Mr. Dwight Gee, Vice President of the Seattle Artsfund.
This training on 'Fund raising for Arts' was aimed to provide fund raising skills for ACM members and arts and cultural workers. The training was of vital importance as Mongolia's Arts and Cultural Sector, like many transition countries with limited resources and limited philanthropic traditions, was fully funded and governed by the Government during the pre-1990 Socialist Regime, had been distressed by a lack of centralized or diversified funds for artists and artistic projects, together with reduced support for the preservation of cultural heritages. Many obstacles are. faced by artists and arts organizations in Mongolia, including: limited competitive human resources to sustain arts activities in a transitioning society; a decreased number of independent arts organizations and artistic perspectives due to rapidly growing political and economic instability and crises; unfavorable taxation and legal structures for cultural development; and many other problems. Taking all these into consideration, this training could become an effective means for the 'cultivation' of human resources in the Sector, to enhance their capacity in fund raising, increasing their knowledge on how to raise funds, etc. The training involved over 100 participants from the University of Arts and Culture, arts managers and ACM members.
Mr. Dwight Gee, having worked in and been the President of the ACM-US, has an depth-in knowledge of the Sector's current situation and intends to hold a national training session during 2009 aimed to enhance the human resources capacity in the Arts and Cultural Sector. This is being planned at the request of and with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
THE MONGOL MESSENGER