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TEDxPolverigi - Mary Ann DeVlieg - Art for Arts Sake?

Mary Ann DeVlieg has been working in the cultural sector for over 30 years; most of her work has been in the performing arts (creation, production, diffusion) in an international context, with special emphasis on policy, cultural diversity and professional training. She is currently (since 1994) the Secretary General of IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts, and was Chair of the EU Working Group on Creativity and Creation (EU Culture Platform on Access to Culture ) from 2008. In 2010 she co-founded the International Coalition on Arts, Human Rights and Social Justice ( From 2009, she served on the Steering Committee for "Culture and Creation as Vectors of Development in the ACP Countries", initiated by EU Commissioner for Development, Louis Michel. In 2009, she also worked with the ?sia-Europe Foundation on the conception and execution of their contribution to the Copenhagen COP15 "Culture/Futures" conference on culture and sustainability. In 2008, she served on the High Level Reflection Group on Mobility of the European Commission's DG for Education and Culture. In 2006 the EU's DG for Employment and Social Affairs awarded her the Individual Award for her life-long services to artists' mobility. Mary Ann DeVlieg is a founder of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for Mobility of Mediterranean Artists and Operators (, and founder of , a mobility portal for the arts. Past and current Advisory Committees and Executive Boards include Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (Torino), FEMEC (Forum of Euro-Mediterranean Cultures), and the Forum Cultural Mundial, Brazil 2004 and 2006. She was on the Executive Committee of the European Forum of the Arts and Heritage (EFAH, now called Culture Action Europe) 1995 -- 2005 (incl. Vice-President). She was an advisor to the Japan Foundation from 2004- 2009. She has an M.A. in European Cultural Policy and Management from the University of Warwick, GB. She teaches, lectures and speaks regularly throughout Europe and beyond on arts mobility, creativity and culture policy, cultural networking and international collaboration, and EU culture and related policies. Art for Arts Sake? The contemporary arts have a bad name: elitist, incomprehensible... Yet what they can bring is crucially needed to face today's global challenges. Today we are seeing a chronic absence, or sever cuts of public support for the arts and arts educations at all levels, in most countries, and many artists are still censored, persecuted or worse. Can we actively promote some common, basic values in art which allow it to benefit so many other sectors and social needs? What's wrong? What's right? What are the next steps? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = indipendently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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