Join the digital IAA Europe Talk on 17 September 2020 at 2pm, via Zoom

International Association of Arts Europe
In the late summer of 2020, IAA Europe starts organizing a series of online debates to bring its members and supporters closer together, to discuss what can be the role of artists associations today and especially their (re)union on an international level.

We warmly invite you to participate in the opening debate on 17 September 2020 at 2pm via Zoom.

Please note that this event will be recorded and used for publicity purposes online and in social media. If you do not wish to appear in the recording, please mute yourself and turn your camera off during the recording. A signal will indicate when the recording is starting. Thank you.

 Having the right and the means to act artistically | 17 September 2020, 2.00-3.30pm

Welcome and moderation:


Discussion followed by Q&A with the participants

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The 2020 Corona pandemic has catapulted the world into an unprecedent crisis, medically, socially and economically. This situation has also considerably weakened the social and economic status of artists and of cultural operators, who work most often as freelancers or form small-sized enterprises and are especially vulnerable to economic instability. But also larger institutions of the cultural sector suffer of restrictions in public life and easily fear a loss of state support, when economic pressure weighs hard in political decision-making.

How can we support artists internationally and assemble material for a successful publicity and advocacy work?

In the opening talk in September 2020 Fabio Tolledi, Marta Mabel Perez and Teemu Mäki will discuss how artists and art institutions currently deal with or recover from the crisis in - exemplarily - Italy, Finland and Puerto Rico. How do artists make a living in those countries?

The Corona pandemic did not create the phenomenon, that the arts are largely consumed but artists tend to get paid little for their work. It only reinforced the problem. What measures are governments taking to improve the status of artists and what can be learnt from each other here? How can the foundations for freedom of expression be fostered: having the right to say what you think, but also having the means to actually say it?

In this opening talk, we will also look into the history of the International Association of Art (AIAP/IAA) and the International Theatre Institute (ITI), both associations in partnership with UNESCO: What is their (common) strategy, what are their current activities? How can we get inspired across the artistic branches, where can we support each other?

The moderated discussion amongst the speakers will be followed by an open Q&A session. We look very much forward to the participation of our members to engage in the debate.

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The IAA Europe Talks are organized by the office of IAA Europe c/o Slovak Union of Visual Arts. Thank you to the Executive Secretary of AIAP/IAA World in Paris and to the IGBK/National Committee of Germany for suggestions and support in the organization of the IAA Europe Talks series.