Source:EDUCULT, Vienna (2015)
MCP Broker has been a European project aimed at enhancing and stimulating the cultural participation of migrants by improving the capacity of their local cultural public institutions to interact with them in and outside learning environments. The main intention was to empower cultural institution in managing cultural diversity and ensuring intercultural integration. Central to these tasks was the enhancement of the intercultural capacity of public cultural institutions by providing a new generation of education programs and diversifying their staff and governance bodies.
MCP Broker was led by interarts, a Spanish research institution while EDUCULT was in charge of the conceptualisation and implementation in Austria. In doing so cultural institutions were to be supported in becoming brokers and mediators of the relationships in current societies marked by diversity; to open themselves to the newcomers to society. Migrants' cultural participation was thereby conceptualized as participation of recipients of cultural productions but equally as participation of producers, recipients and other cultural actors.
The project was divided in different activities:
The development of a benchmarking tool in order to manage the sector's needs on how to promote integration at different levels;
a pilot research with 10-15 cultural institutions each in 5 EU countries in order to analyse the management of cultural diversity within these institutions as well as to identify obstacles and needs for the intercultural integration and
the implementation of Learning Partnerships in order to equip the sector and other key operators on how to promote integration. Learning Partnerships were developed between different cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations rooted in migrant self-organisation; employment agencies and schools.
The main partnership’s outcomes have been disseminated through European networks, participation at thematically relevant conferences and in the frame of a European conference in Barcelona.
The report comprises a number of recommendations; some of them at least indirectly relate to the aspect of arts education. E.g. when it speaks about the relevance of mediators – such as theatre pedagogues and other institutional staff devoted to the communication with users. In reaching out to migrant communities their competences and their status has been assessed as most relevant for the learning partnerships. It was also staff members from cultural institutions which mainly followed the invitation to the learning partnerships.
The recommendations also mention the necessary acknowledgment of the relevance of mediators from inside cultural institutions. The authors also found out an increasing interest from persons with migrant, multilingual, multicultural background to work in the field.
A complete list of recommendations can be found at: http://educult.at/en/forschung/brokering-migrants-cultural-participation/. There you also can found the benchmarking tool as the main outcome for cultural institutions prepared to find new way of communication and also cooperation with migrant communities: http://educult.at/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/benchmarking-tool-with-logos.pdf