CULTURAL POLICIES AND COMMON GOODS: practices and itineraries of community management in the city of Barcelona
The goal of this research is to define work spaces that permit the drafting of a document that collates a series of elements for the territorial development of the community management of culture.
Artibarri, La Hidra Cooperativa.
In Barcelona, practices of cooperation and community management of culture proliferate. There exists a heterogeneous reality that poses several questions and challenges, both for organised communities and for administration and cultural policies.
How can we define the community management of culture? Which specific practices and itineraries are being followed by collective action institutions? What political challenges underlie these community management practices? What should the social return be, and what transparency, equality and democracy principles should be followed? What should the role of the Administration be considering this reality? How can we think about culture as a common good beyond sectorial dynamics? How can we recognise and promote these community practices from the Administration without diminishing their autonomy?
Ultimately, the purpose of this proposal is to develop the tools and work spaces that are required to design a work plan for the advancement of the community management of culture, to generate an analytical framework and a series of meeting spaces in order to identify their development needs, to rethink the models of community governance of resources and agree on the role of the institution in this emerging reality.
The priorities of the Cultura Viva programme, organised by Institut de Cultura Viva de Barcelona (ICUB), include promoting the community management of culture. The development of this goal relates to the willingness to promote a “relationship between citizenship, the institutions and common spaces of culture in line with the democratic values of transparency, criticism, proximity and participation”.
With this we aim to embark on the journey towards the construction of a new framework of reference that will create new possibilities for community culture and allow all things collective to be emphasised as opposed to the public/private dichotomy, thus recognising its character and social return. A new framework jointly defined by the practices, citizens and the public institution, which is also able to provide coverage and safeguard a way of managing resources that already exists, but can be further improved and promoted.
The goal of this research is to define the work spaces that will permit the drafting of a document that collates a series of elements for the territorial development of the community management of culture.
- To systematise the practices of community management of culture. A conceptual proposal will be drafted which, based on the city’s existing experiences, will help to limit and define what we understand by practices and the community management of culture.
The aim is to agree and define, in an open, broad and non-exclusionary way, the coordinates, requirements, criteria and factors that should be shared by agents and community projects (social responsibility, an interest in the common good, social return, horizontal governance, internal democracy, equality, territorial rooting, etc.).
- To diagnose the limits and potentialities of the community fabric of culture. What value are they creating? What are the primary needs of these practices? What proposals do we find?
- To agree on how the institution should support these community practices. Based on the assessment of the existing policies and practices that are currently in place in several departments of the Barcelona City Council, the goal would be to define a series of recommendations regarding the institutional and infrastructure needs and the regulations that are required to support and foster the community management of culture. Likewise, it would also define the return that these practices should generate, and the transparency, equality and democracy criteria they should respond to.
In this sense, one of the recommendations is to generate a new set of evaluation indicators in collaboration with the initiatives themselves and the typologies analysed in accordance with the principles or requirements of culture understood as a common good.
The results of the project will be manifested in a preliminary report, work sessions and a final diagnostic report, and also in a set of recommendations.