8.3 National strategy on creativity and culture for young people
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Create2020 is comprised of 5 goals and 70 actions addressing creative professionals, communities and public cultural organisations.
The goals include:
- Nurture creative potential and support its development into professional activity
- Invest in artistic excellence
- Connect Malta to the international artistic community
- Provide more opportunities for people to engage in creativity
- Build the capacity of public cultural organisations
With regards to young people the strategy aims to achieve the following through its goals:
- An increase in the number of young people studying the arts who are equipped with skills to manage their own business
- Continue bringing artists and schools closer together and emphasise the importance of working with and for young audiences and the elderly
- Development of a strategy working group involving all public cultural organisations to address programming requirements through audience development initiatives with a particular focus on young audiences, hard-to-reach communities and new audiences.
The responsible authority is the Arts Council Malta (ACM). The ACM operates through three specific directorates. The creation and development of strategies for the sector falls under the Strategy Directorate. The Directorate is built on five strategic focal points which include internationalisation and business development but also research, education and training and diversity and communities. These points also run through the council’s national strategy for the cultural and creative sectors for the years 2016-2020, which was published recently.
The directorate also focuses on the management and development of the funding portfolio, which currently includes nine national funding programmes amounting to around 1.5 million euro. A brokerage team also assists operators in the cultural and creative sectors to maximize their potential.
The aim is the creation of a one-stop shop for culture, a service hub for those working in the sector, mainly characterized by micro-enterprises and individual operators.
Arts Council Malta promotes and supports young people’s cultural participation and nurturing their creative potential through specific initiatives and funding programmes being Kreattiv, Professional Development Grant, Artivisti. Other programmes which are not exclusively aimed towards young people but are still open to their participation are Premju tal-President għall-Kreattivita`, Cultural Export Fund and the Malta Arts Fund.
In 2019 the findings of two impact studies conducted on Kreattiv and Premju tal-President għall-Kreattivita were launched. In the Kreattiv study conducted in collaboration with the University of Malta, the results compare well to findings in the literature which also finds that specific interventions can improve creativity, that parental education, exposure to creative activity matters, that academic results and creativity are linked, and that there may be gender differences in creativity. The intervention of Kreattiv showed net positive results on most measures of creative and stronger results were obtained among students who did not volunteer to participate and therefore would not have otherwise been exposed to such activities. Also more hours with the practitioners yielded better results. From an educational policy perspective, it is worth noting that creativity scores also declined in almost all domains between then the start and the end of the academic year. Also parental education was found to contribute to creativity but this does not translate into a higher desire for a career in creativity and creativity responds positively to academic results. The finding that girls tend to perform worse in some creativity tests but aspire more to a career in the arts is worth investigating further.
The evaluation on “il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività” commissioned through a tender process by the Office of the President of the Republic and coordinated by Arts Council Malta. Among the findings it was indicated that “il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività” gives prestige and validation to projects and beneficiaries. The five thematic areas that emerged as projects impacts and spillovers were therapy, safe space, self-expression and integration, education and intergenerational relations. Recommendations included establishing a national platform for arts and wellbeing bringing together organisations and artists who are active in the field, the need for the fund to sustain projects in the longer term and an increase public awareness of projects.
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