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Dear friends of PA Culture
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and concerns regarding the situation later this year, the organisers decided to produce this year's Annual Forum virtually. The Virtual EUSBSR Annual Forum will take place online on 20 October 2020.

The workshops of Annual Forum will be held before the actual event. In our recent newsletter we want to present you two online workshops: Umbrella funding for small- and micro-scale cultural initiatives in the BSR (organised by PA Culture) and The Art of Staying Healthy Can Culture Improve our Wellbeing? (organised on behalf of PA Culture).
# Umbrella funding for small- and micro-scale cultural initiatives in the BSR
The Baltic Sea region is a vivid region with regards to trans-national cultural activities of formal and informal associations. For many actors, the obstacles to funding through the classical cultural funding mechanism are often too high for various reasons. This showed the need for a funding instrument for small culture initiatives with low bureaucratic effort. The idea for a Baltic Sea-wide umbrella project with microfunding for cultural initiatives has therefore been pursued. Two key questions need to be clarified:

- How can we link the local and grassroot approach of many cultural actors to the aim of connecting the Baltic region, how can small projects and initiatives help fostering societal and economic resilience?

- How can we organise a funding instrument that minimises the bureaucratic burden for communities in cultural cooperation by facing also the legal requirements?

From building the argumentation to finding solutions.

During the 3 hours meeting we will travel:
- from “WHY”: all the reasons why micro-financing opportunities can be beneficiary for straightening co-operation and growth of the CCI sector in the BSR.
- through “HOW”: decoding the concept of micro-funding and looking at different models - from direct financing to so called regranting.
- to conclude with “WHAT’S NEXT”: finding out what’s possible and what’s not in a given framework and timeline. To be very pragmatic and come out of this meeting with clear idea and road map - what should be our next steps, who should/ could do WHAT and WHEN.

No matter if you are working in a large culture institution, run a small NGO, starting out as creative entrepreneur, you are an official (in a tiny town or a big city), working locally, regionally, at national or European level, your presence and contribution will be very much appreciated and valuable.

There will be interventions and presentations of case studies brought to you by practitioners (cultural operators, officials and others). Not only as living examples advocating for micro-financing in the CCI sector but also to bring inspiration and illustrate the concrete solutions.

Expected result:
  • A clearer vision of the needs of the creatives/ potential beneficiaries
  • Sharpening the political vision of supporting small and micro scale initiatives in the culture sector
  • Showing the core points of umbrella projects for microfunding
  • Developing concrete demands for the structure of the upcoming Interreg programmes 2021-2027 


Agata Etmanowicz - audience development implementer, founder of Impact Foundation based in Warsaw.

For the past 10 years together with Impact Foundation, Agata Etmanowicz has helped culture organizations at placing audiences in the heart of everything they do (by spreading the joy of working according to audience development philosophy). With Art Factory in Łódź she co-creates ART_INKUBATOR to support the growth of young creative entrepreneurs (both locally and internationally).

Egle Deltuvaite – Municipality of Klaipeda, Head of Culture Department
Claudia Koch reviewer of applications umbrella project "Kurs Kultur"
Hauke Siemen REM-consult, project manger “SEMPRE” – an InterregBSR project funding small scale initiatives in the field of social empowerment

Agnieszka Wolodźko, Artline project (tbc.)

Maciej Hofman – Policy Officer @ Culture Policy Unit, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission

Ann-Irene SaeternesEastern Norway County Network (tbc.)            

Dominika Butkiewicz – Head of the Joint Secretariat Interreg Southbaltic

Please contact PA Culture Coordinators Rafał Jewdokimow ( or Anja Uhlenbrok ( for registration.
The workshop will be held via ZOOM and is open to the public within the technical limitations. A link will be sent after registration.
More information.

# The Art of Staying Healthy Can Culture Improve our Wellbeing?

There is good evidence for the positive effects of arts on health and well‑being, both in prevention and treatment. However, interventions are mostly local or national and short-term. To fully untap the potential of arts‑based interventions, we need to create a better understanding of how art impacts our well-being and how this can be used to promote better health for people of all ages and backgrounds. The workshop will raise awareness for the health benefits of art interventions, facilitate the exchange of best practices from countries outside and within the BSR and brainstorm ideas for future cross-border initiatives. Presentations will cover the possibilities for using culture to improve health throughout a person’s life-course, including children and youth and the impact of art on development.
The focus of the presentations will be on introducing hands-on practical examples that could be replicated in other contexts. They should also aim at identifying ways in which both the cultural and health sector could learn from and further engage with other sectors to unlock the health-promoting potential of arts, both in everyday life and crisis situations.
The workshop is a cooperation between the NDPHS as Coordinator of the EUSBSR PA Health, the NDPC on behalf of PA Culture and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and is organized alongside the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020. It is part of the inception phase for a project that is already under development between NDPHS and NDPC. It should provide input and feedback into the future strategic direction of the project and identify ways to engage other PAs/HAs represented in the EUSBSR.
Please, register here till 2 October. More information about the programme can be found here.

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