Art community
(customers and art community)

(agency and employees)

(citizens and public administration)

Changes to the role and tasks of public administration

In order to ensure the diversity and scope of arts promotion, the dialogue between the art community, public administration and private financiers shall increase. The need for artists to be participate in the preparations for change and in open dialogue shall increase. The need for internal cooperation within the art community and for setting joint targets shall increase.

The need for internal and external networking shall increase. The need for experts and clearly defined tasks shall be emphasised. The need for continuously augmenting our own expertise and developing our operations shall increase.  As the need to adjust continues, the agency's structures and tasks shall have to be renewed significantly. Within the agency, ensuring wellbeing at work amid the constant changes shall create challenges for management and leadership, as well as for internal communications.

The pressure to reduce staff numbers and functions within public administration shall increase. Projects to reform public administration shall create uncertainty but also offer new opportunities. Networking cooperation beyond ministerial and administrative boundaries shall increase. The need to explain the grounds for all publicly funded activities to citizens shall increase.

Advances in digitalisation and a more global operating culture

Although the contents of art shall remain individual, the field of activity shall be essentially international. The use of technology and distribution over the internet shall increase. Globalisation shall highlight the importance of local and community art. New audiences, communities and operating methods shall create new employment and work opportunities for artists.

The agency's staff and expert bodies shall produce information continuously about changes and trends in the field of the arts. The challenge shall be to compile, analyse and utilise this information. The need to develop electronic customer services and helplines shall increase. Electronic processes shall enable faster decision making. At the same time the global and local fields of activity shall challenge existing support forms and increase the need for flexible solutions for the arts.

Digitalisation and a more global operating environment shall create pressures to enhance open administration and the transparency of decision making. Citizens shall have more chance to participate. Experiencing art shall be increasingly detached from time or place, and it can be enjoyed individually. Art audiences shall network locally, nationally and globally. At the same time the need to promote equal availability and accessibility to art shall increase.

Changes in public funding for the arts

The need to focus and coordinate funding activities shall increase with the changes in public funding. The need among artists to receive up-to-date information about funding and related changes shall be highlighted.

The need to guarantee basic funding for the arts shall increase amid the changes. The demands of ensuring the quality of peer review work coupled with diminishing resources shall present a challenge for developing the work of the art councils. The need to clarify and modernise activities shall increase. The need to foster cooperation with other funding bodies shall increase.

The attitudes of citizens and decision makers towards public funding for the arts shall determine the funding trend. The creation of art shall highlight the ability of the state, municipalities and other sources of funding to support the arts. Justifying funding needs shall be increasingly important. The need to clarify the division of duties for funding the arts from tax revenues and other sources shall increase.


Last modified: 10.10.2017


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