A series of debates devoted to the state of culture were initiated by the statements of freelance cultural workers: third sector professionals, artists, educators and students.
Their situation, the problems they face on a daily basis, which the pandemic only intensified, became a cause for organizing the first online meeting with representatives of local authorities. During the discussion we were looking for possibilities to support cultural workers in crisis. With another debate, this time about the state of education, we wish to find the reasons for the crisis, to answer the questions why the majority of people working in culture are doomed to precarity? What can do and what institutions, including academies and universities of arts, do to protect their graduates from poverty? What are the economic and ecological costs of art production? Why, despite academic degrees in art, is being an artist not considered a profession? Why are artists deprived of social security? What are the pillars of the art education system?
In the debate are taking part:
Mateusz Bieczyński - Vice-Rector for Science and Research of the University of Arts in Poznań
Maria Dutkiewicz - graduate of the University of Arts in Poznań, author of the master's thesis "Enemies of Imagination".
Rafał Jakubowicz - head of Art in Social Space Studio, University of Arts in Poznan
Izabela Kowalczyk - Dean of the Faculty of Artistic Education of the University of Arts in Poznań, art historian, curator
Karolina Kubik - Assistant at the Video Studio of the University of Arts in Poznań, artist, poetess
Tomek Pawłowski-Jarmołajew - Curator, too cool to go to school
Bogna Świątkowska - Journalist, culture promoter, CEO of the Bęc Zmiana Foundation
Moderators: Zofia nierodzińska, Kinga Mistrzak
The meeting will be translated into Polish Sign Language by Marta Jaroń.
The meeting on the Zoom platform, broadcasted live on our Facebook profile: Galeria Miejska Arsenał