"Supporting Mongolian arts and culture - DOC"
Make Mongolian Arts and Culture Thrive! Mongolia has an extremely rich culture, full of skilled and creative people. Mongolia’s talented artists, performers and writers produce work as unique to Mongolia as Mongolia’s cultural heritage is to the world. Unfortunately, the transition that took place in 1990 brought new problems and new challenges for society. Artists and arts institutions lack funds for their projects and activities. In addition, the drastic reduction in government support for the arts combined with the lack of tax incentives that encourage private donations to the arts has created a major deficit in Mongolia’s cultural development and the preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage. In 2002, business, civic and arts leaders formed the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) to support Mongolian arts and cultural institutions and individual arts and cultural workers, to promote international interest and awareness of Mongolian arts, to enhance skills of Mongolian arts administrators and artists and advocate for cooperation between the private and public sectors on arts issues. Three years later, the Arts Council of Mongolia is a dynamic organization which supports, advocates and enriches Mongolian arts and cultural endeavours through a broad range o f programs and projects. The Arts Council of Mongolia works through four major program areas: Arts Education, Grants, Marketing and Information Services, and Policy. Through the two annual grants competitions (individual and organizational grants) run by the Grants Program, ACM is able to provide much needed support and development opportunities for individual artists and cultural workers and arts and cultural organizations. The Grants Program enables Mongolian arts and culture workers to attend international conferences, print catalogues and marketing material, present new products and run new programs in the arts and culture. Past grant recipients have included the Roaring Hooves Music Festival, Golden Eagle Festival, Tumen Ekh Ensemble, Tsokh Children’s newspaper, Union of Mongolian Writers, filmmakers J.Enebish and U.Narangerel, painters M.Erdenbayar and Ts.Enkhjargal and many many more. In addition to the Grants Program, ACM runs a broad range of arts and culture projects involving many partners and reaching a diverse range of audiences. The Arts Education Program includes the successful implementation of the first arts management masters degree in Mongolia, working with disadvantaged children to improve their confidence, knowledge and to provide them with new life and vocational skills through arts education programs and working with schools and the Mongolian government to include interactive and effective teaching methods in the Mongolian education system. ACM also works with the government and other elements of civil society to ensure cooperation between the private and public sectors on issues affecting arts and culture as part of the Policy Program. The Marketing and Information Services Program ensures that Mongolian arts and culture are accessible to the public both in Mongolia and internationally with a range of events and information products including websites, brochures, articles and newsletters. In 2004 the Arts Council supported 60 artists and cultural workers and implemented 17 projects which in turn affected thousands of people and, with your help, 2005 can be better and brighter still. In 2005, the work of the Arts Council will include providing confidence, knowledge and new skills to young disadvantaged Mongolians through arts education programs like Focus on Kids, a community photography project, and I Can Do It, an arts education program for disabled children, by offering financial support for the projects of arts and cultural workers and organizations through our annual grants program, hosting international conferences in the fields of literature and translation and arts education, promoting new opportunities and products in cultural tourism and much more. The Arts Council of Mongolia could not provide these opportunities without the support of its members. By becoming a member of the Arts Council of Mongolia you can help to preserve unique Mongolian arts and culture, to create new opportunities for the development of arts and culture in Mongolia and to support the development of a confident, innovative and open society. You rmembership fee will go directly to the ACM Program Fund to support our programs. Simply fill in the pledge form and send it back to the Arts Council with your membership fee or give us a call on 319 015 and we’ll be happy to join you up. When you become a member of the Arts Council of Mongolia, you will also receive some great benefits as a big thank you for your support. Benefits include everything from a monthly newsletter and what’s on calendar to discounts off arts purchases and free tours of artist studios, galleries and museums. See the table below for more details on those benefits. Let’s celebrate the richness and diversity of Mongolian arts and culture by supporting our artists, cultural workers and organizations when they need it most. Now is the time to work together with the Arts Council of Mongolia and make a difference! If you want to know more about the work we’re doing at the Arts Council of Mongolia or the benefits you will receive as a member please do not hesitate to contact us on 319 015 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website at www.artscouncil.mn