Leonardo_Logo_From the 4th till 6th of December Roma was celebrated in Rome the first meeting of the UpSkill project with Melting Pro and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere.

The project, which will run between September 2013 and September 2015, will be delivered in partnership with six other cultural organisations from across Italy, Spain, Denmark, Portugal and Hungary. 

All participants went to the kick-off meeting in Rome in December, which was hosted by Italian organisations MeltingPro and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, and attended by partners from Anthropolis (Hungary), FIBICC (Spain), and The Danish Centre for Arts and InterCulture (Denmark). 

The aim of the project is to identify the key skills needs facing managers in the cultural sector, and to share vocational training methods. Partners attended workshops at museums and cultural institutions across the city on social media strategies, curatorship, audience development, social inclusion and mentorship programmes. The official launch event, held at the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, was attended by artists, curators and other cultural workers from across Rome. 

Over the next year and a half, each partner organisation will conduct research and host their own workshop exploring skills and competencies required by cultural managers, both of which will feed into the development of a new skills curriculum for cultural managers.

The project is particularly aimed at managers near the beginning or middle of their careers, and will encompass individuals working across the public and private sectors, as well as entrepreneurs.

In Italy, European partners could have an insight into the cultural scene in Rome by visiting the Nomas Foundation, the Civic Museum of Zoology and Macro the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The next meeting will be held in London in March, and will be hosted by Creative & Cultural Skills.