Roma3Rome – Italy
Hosting partners:
Melting pro. Laboratorio per la cultura & Fondazione Pastificio Cerere

The meeting in Rome in December 2013 was the first time that all partner met each other face to face alltogether; this is why it was so exciting. Some of the partners have already been working together on other European projects, but the Upskill group met on that very first winter day!

The meeting was organised by Melting pro. Laboratorio per la cultura and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, in the amazing setting of the foundation, a unique place in Rome for contemporary art and a meeting place for artists.

Like all kick off meetings, partners needed sometime to warm up, but not that long as expected. After revising the project activities, the partners moved straight away into the research phase with a session led by Giulia Fiaccarini (Melting pro) former project manager of the European project CREA.M – Creative Blended Mentoring for cultural managers.

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What skills, competences and attributes are necessary today for cultural managers to face the challenges that the culture sector is confronting? Read what has happened in the research report in the download area.

All partners agreed on a shared vision of which competences and skills are important to develop for cultural managers. It’s also about inspiring a vision and working towards a more inclusive cultural approach.

Since Upskill is a Leonardo learning partnership mobility project funded by the EU commission under the old Lifelong learning programme (now ERASMUS PLUS) the aim is to exchange innovative best practices between organisations across Europe on specific topic. Upskill deals with updating skills and competences of cultural managers through exchange innovative best practices that better match the labour market.

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Therefore the meeting was planned in order to meet cultural managers and organisations in Rome and to learn from one another. The agenda was planned to start with a moment of reflection on the required key competences for the cultural sector. Secondly to reflect upon what are the possible formal and informal training paths to develop those competences.

Roma4During the three days’ meeting partners had the chance to meet Simone Pacini, founder of Fatti di teatro – www.fattiditeatro.it, social media for theatres, a rising profession in the sector. Partners met Ilaria Gianni and Cecilia Canziani of Nomas Foundation. Being asked by the partners Ilaria and Cecilia claimed “One of the most important is to know how to develop and work in partnership, in a network. Being entrepreneurial is an attitude that you can develop. It’s important that the cultural sector invests in people, even small changes can make a difference.”

The contemporary art scene in Rome, being quite elite, doesn’t invest much in working with and to diversify the audience. It’s important therefore to invest in outreach programmes as well as collaborating with schools.

Macro Museum, one of the most important contemporary art museum in Europe, partners were welcomed by Rossana Miele, responsible for the Artists’ residence programme and by Benedetta Carpi de Resmini, responsible for the exhibition management.

Last but not least, the CIVIC ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM in Rome was the last stop of the tour. Welcomed by Carla Marangoni, communication officer of the museum, she proudly described the strong mission of the museum as a social inclusive instrument and the activities carried out to diversify their audience and assuring fair access to everyone regardless their social background.

Trainees described their experience with digital storytelling within the European DIAMOND project: http://www.diamondmuseums.eu/project.html

Finally Laura Bove, Antonia Silvaggi and Giulia Fiaccarini presented their mentoring experience from different perspectives: the mentee, the tutor and the project manager during the European CREA.M project.

Networking as emerged as an important skill for cultural managers, therefore during the meeting a public event was organised to launch the project to a wider public. Around 50 people attended the event among artists, cultural managers, managers from the performing art sector, museum professional, teachers and students. An installation was adapted to the occasion, the Story Box by Melting pro, where people could leave a story about their professional successful experience.