The development of cultural development plans and strategies offers opportunities to develop long-term strategies and to set cultural policy priorities in a participatory process, starting at communal level. The following strategies were selected as examples within the reporting period:
1. In 2018, the culture development plan of the Province of Salzburg was completed after a participatory development process, including a total of 600 participants. It provides concrete priorities and measures for cultural policy making in the next ten years, including e.g. cultural spaces in rural areas, facilitation of cooperation between the creative industries and the art scene as well as access to information and support of freelance artists regarding the social and economic status.
2. The Culture Strategy of the Federal Province of Lower Austria was first implemented in 2016 and revised in 2019. It was developed in a participatory process together with a wide range of artists, cultural professionals as well as recipients / audiences.
3. In 2019 the City of Innsbruck initiated the development of a long-term cultural strategy process, establishing a post in the municipal cultural office for the organisational implementation of the cultural strategy. The strategy includes a total of three phases: For the first phase (mid-2020 to mid-2022), with broad public participation, a cultural strategy will be developed, forming the basis for cultural policy action with priorities, guidelines and concrete measures for the next ten years. The measures developed are to be implemented in the second phase (planned from mid-2022 / early 2023) and evaluated in a third phase after around five years (approx. 2025) and a decision on the next steps to be taken by 2030.
4. In 2019, Upper Austria started a participatory process for the development of a renewed culture development plan. The new framework is being developed ten years after the current mission statement has been adopted. It builds on an open and transparent process that aims at developing guidelines that anchor art and culture as an important part of the overall development of Upper Austria.
* development of cultural policy frameworks that serve as guiding principles for cultural policy makers, administration as well as cultural professionals
* involvement of civil society actors in the development of cultural policy strategies
* raising awareness for the role of culture within the city's or region's sustainable development process
1. Numerous measures have already been initiated and implemented, including for instance the expansion of medium-term funding agreements with cultural institutions, measures in the area of accessibility and cultural education.
3. Joint setting of goals for the participatory process with civil society actors as well as stakeholders from politics and administration; political decision to implement the culture strategy (Dec. 2019).
4. Since September 2019, six workshops were held in different regions/municipalities to discuss key points for a renewed cultural strategy; a publication provides an overview of the planned steps.
1. 2019: EUR 2,1 Mio. / USD 2,2 Mio
3. EUR 120,000 / USD 130,000 (2020-2022) + Third-Party Funds + Full-Time Posting (2019-2021)
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Cultural actors from civil society
1. An evaluation will take place every three to five years. Additionally, the annual arts and culture report of the Province of Salzburg entails relevant information on the cultural strategy.
3. An evaluation will take place five years after the start of the process (1st phase: development of the strategy, 2nd phase: implementation of first measures, 3rd phase: evaluation)