Supporting Performing Arts Regional Policy Agenda 2014 – 2018
Tamasi Network initiated this policy agenda to work towards developing strong relationships among a diverse group of stakeholders including active institutions and individuals in the independent performing arts sector, artistic and cultural associations, civil society institutions, governments, international organizations as well as the private sector who will be mobilized to support specific policies and positions that will have a positive impact on the status of performing arts in the MENA (with special focus on the Arab region.)
This Policy paper aims to:
Tamasi philosophy: Freeing expression for free societies
Tamasi is a collective of 11 Arab performing arts organizations who have been working locally, regionally and internationally. We are diverse and experienced organizations, supporting artistic excellence, embodying a firm commitment and strong artistic vision for arts and culture as a pivotal contributor to the achievement of social and political justice.
A world of equality and diversity where free expression is the main pillar of social and economic justice, where societies share basic human values of respect for nature and life, and where co-motion is the constant that helps societies cope with and instigate change.
We Use the term ‘freeing expression’ and not ‘freedom of expression’ because it describes more accurately the activities and programs that we are involved in and that we need to reach the free and egalitarian society we strive for.
We Envisage that people develop, rather than being developed, and the high morale that culture and arts generates plays an important role in this process of growth on all levels.
Therefore, we assert:
- The importance of arts as an essential factor in expressing our sense of community and identity.
- The capacity of arts to develop creativity within individuals and convey their ideas and opinions.
- The role of artists in raising awareness amongst individuals and communities.
- The importance of the contribution of culture and art in our communities that were originally built on cultural diversity.
- The direct and positive impact of arts on all aspects and levels of development.
Policies and Basic Positions
1) We acknowledge the value of arts and the special role it plays in development as well as social and democratic movements, and its educational and creative role and capacity to create balanced partnerships in support of artistic initiatives, in addition to recognizing the impact of the arts sector on growth in our region.
2) We strongly believe in the potential of Cities in the region as a hub for regional and international artistic and cultural exchange and remove restrictions on the movement of artists; creating artistic spaces and supporting the mobility of artists to ensure that their work reaches remote, underprivileged and underserved areas.
3) We demand a balanced legislative environment that serves the artists’ Interests and contributes to facilitating the creation and management of independent institutions and artistic centers.
4) We encourage diversity of funding in support of NGOs and independent arts institutions thereby increasing the opportunities to produce and present performances.
5) We promote further training and work opportunities for independent artists and supporting artistic networks and coalitions on the local, regional, and international levels.
1) Define and discuss the concept of “Art and development” and raise awareness of the importance of the performing arts, in addition to mainstreaming “live artistic expression” in school curricula and creating links between schools and arts institutions through the presentation of performances, the organization of conferences and initiatives, in addition to feasibility studies to measure the impact of culture and art on development.
2) Develop and support the establishment (where relevant) of a Cultural department within Municipalities, and support twinning programs between Arab and world capitals to encourage cultural, artistic and educational exchange; and joining coalitions that advocate for lifting restrictions on artistic mobility as well as the right to movement and mobility (e.g. Istikshaf Advocacy coalition); and capacity building for the staff of artistic spaces; as well as conducting legal research on taxes and financial incentives pertaining to funding the arts, in addition to audience research and encouraging the purchase of artistic spaces.
3) Organize regional conferences and research on good governance and financial and administrative planning for artistic organizations; legal framework agreements with funding bodies, develop strategies for networking, transfer of experience, and develop a portal in order to ensure networking between the artistic and cultural institutions and artists.
Artists, arts organizations, central governments, municipalities and local governments, political parties, educational institutions, the for-profit private sector, NGOs, universities and schools, the media, youth, citizens in general.
Support Tamasi Performing Arts Regional Policy Agenda
How Can you Support Tamasi Policy Agenda?
As an individual or an organization, you can support this initiative by:
- Adopting and signing the Policy Agenda.
- Advocating related issues to you or your organization.
- Providing your expertise, skills, and time to promote this agenda.
- Providing feedback, information, and data to support the positions and advocacy strategy.
- Providing financial support or in-kind support to execute the technical and legal research, papers, and campaigns that will be implemented according to this agenda.
Feedback and Contact Information
For more clarifications and information related to this agenda, please contact Tamasi Policy Team at firstname.lastname@example.org