• Shraddha Bhatawadekar "I attended the Value of Culture Course in Mumbai in December 2012 and was truly fascinated to learn about the dynamics of cultural economics...I am an archaeologist working in India and I am sure that the knowledge I have gained in the workshop will be very useful for me in my future research and practice."
  • Joana Sousa Monteiro, Network Coordinator of Working Group for the Lisbon Municipal Museums, Portugal As a museologist and worker on the field of public museums, it’s management and organization, it was rather important for me to attend the CREARE Foundation summer course “Economics of Cultural Heritage and Museums”. The high scientific quality of the coordinators and the professors, as well as the texts and bibliography recommended, did help me and my team to put on different perspectives all our major challenges and difficulties. Also the highly demanding but informal ambiance and the kindness of all colleagues helped to create constant debate moments within this small group of professionals and scholars.
  • Peter Szokol, PhD student, University of Business Administration and Economics Vienna, Austria  Many thanks for all the lectured and reading and special thanks to all contributions from the practitioners during the 'Economics of Cultural Heritage and Museums" course!
  • Hama Goro, Director Sun of Africa, KYA Treasurer General Network , Mali  Thank very much, I enjoyed to take part to this Summer School. It was great place to learn and exchange, and I am sure this will be helpful to improve more my activity in the future.
  • Jon Icazuriaga Consultant, Independent Advisor and Counsellor, Spain Thank you deeply for sharing your vast knowledge in such a creative atmosphere full of that huge and respectful enthusiasm. After the Summer School I came back home full of emotions, inspirations, new lines of thought, ideas, beautiful images and poetic and academic stories ( yes, I also learned or at least confirm that crucial point: poetry and economics are not that far away from each other, in fact poetry and narrative are part of the science and do not undermine at all the scientific status of economics). I learned by sharing enthusiastic and enlightened conversations and from lucid knowledge and clear thinking I once again thank you for these marvelous days in Amsterdam.
  • Elise Huffer, Human Development Program Adviser, Culture Secretariat  of the Pacific Community, Fiji  Thank you for the course – it was very useful and enjoyable. I am definitely keen to keep up the ‘conversation’. I will also reflect back on the course and will likely be seeking your advice on how to usefully conduct an economic valuation of the Festival of Pacific Arts – and what you might see as pitfalls that we should avoid.
  • Elisa Bonacini, PhD student, Catania University, Humanity department, Italy  Approaching Cultural Economics has opened new perspectives to me: thinking about the cultural heritage not only in terms of protection, preservation, enhancement, as I did before, but also in terms of supply and demand, economic value of the goods, externalities, political, economical, cultural and social motivation for heritage’s preservation and promotion, and last but not least the importance of the conversation and of the third sphere.... For me it is a new way of looking at cultural heritage, enriched and broader than before, paying attention to the protection, promotion and communication and, at the same time, to the economic, social and cultural aspects of those actions. I was there to explore these themes, quite new for me, and to be able to root them more deeply within me. Thank you for this wonderful experience!
  • Chatikobo Munyaradzi, South Africa. Programme Manager of Drama for Life. He is also an educator, an aspiring Cultural leader and a facilitator in applied drama and theatre in developmental, education, health, arts, culture and youth projects. Let me take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation for the support you gave to me during the preparations for my trip to Amsterdam and also during my short stay there.The short course surpassed my expectations and I have no regrets for the decision I made to travel all the way to Amsterdam for a course. The Cultural Industries and Creative Economy course gave me deep insights about  Cultural Industries or Creative Economies.  It also presented vast networking opportunities and I will soon be writing you to follow up on the discussion I had with you about possible collaboration.
  • Thais Polimeni, Brazil. Founder and Director of the Cult Cultur Marketing. Since 2010, they joined the list of companies in the Business Incubator at the University Mackenzie. The Summer Course about "Cultural Industries and Creative Economy" was a great experience for me. We developed, together, with students from all over the world, the concept of Creative Economy. Creare Foundation has a methodology that improves the capacity of each student, making the learning process something organic and funny. The course program was very well organized. Particularly, I loved the presentation of Geerte Udo. It was amazing to meet face the creator of "I Amsterdam" symbol! Congratulations for the course and organization, Creare!"
  • Anouk Fienieg, The Netherlands. As Deputy Director of the CIE (Centre for International Heritage Activities) she is responsible for the strategy, management, impact, effectiveness and sustainability of all running projects. She manages a team of ca. fifteen staff members and volunteers in Leiden. The course takes you out of the hectic of daily  practice and forces you to think  outside the box. By clarifying your own drives and values you can pass them on to others to realize your goals. What I liked during the course was also the balance between introduction to relevant literature related to the topic and the explanation of a theoretic phenomenon for realizing values.
  • Rieke Vos, the Netherlands. Curator in the field of contemporary art and architecture. Recently, co-curator Artificial Amsterdam; inside and outside exhibition at De Appel Many thanks for a wonderful and enriching two weeks of summer course. Now that the course has been over for a few weeks, I realize how much of its content is present in the conversations I have and the research I am doing on poetical economy. The course has put a whole different perspective on fundraising and organization of art projects, particularly for the exhibition Artificial Amsterdam that I am organizing. The course proved to be an eye-opener on a more personal level. I have always had strong opinions about organization and enjoy strategic thinking; the how and the why of getting things done. As much as I enjoy developing artistic programs and theoretical research, in the future I am hoping to also combine it more with economics of culture on a practical level.
  • Laura Rivas, Uruguay. Economic analist at the Economics of Health Division of the Ministry of Health, Uruguay. As an advanced economics student, she is pursuing a master study within the field of Cultural and Creative Economics. She also a tango dancer and acting apprentice. I found in the summer school a very enriching experience. The course was really interesting and dynamic, as we explored diverse topics related to various fields of cultural economics. We were provided with some insightful readings and great teachers were invited as lectors, which resulted in highly motivating workshops. The course emphasized the group projects making it easier to internalize some of the theoretical concepts we worked on. Arjo, Lucy and Priyateja made us feel very comfortable and encouraged our participation in class. Being a small group and working in such an open environment made it easy to interact and get to know each other. Sharing the course with students from different origins and backgrounds made the experience much more nurturing. We had the chance to make a couple of field trips, both of which I found very interesting as they had a clear link to the topics presented in class. I came back home with some very interesting insights and a real motivation to keep on learning and working in the field of cultural economics.
  • Jessie Bower, US, Master student in Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Editorial Intern in ANNUAL ART MAGAZINE and MATTRESS FACTORY MUSEUM. Board Member Development & Fudnraising Coordinator for NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE. The opportunity to participate in the CREARE Value of Culture summer school program was the perfect compliment to my arts management master program's curriculum. Having received an introduction to cultural economics previously, I was very excited to learn of this summer option that would allow me to spend 10 days of intense intellectual activity with students and professionals from around the world. We heard real-life cultural problems introduced by each student, and were challenged to use the content from the course as well as the knowledge each individual brought to the course in order to develop solutions and possible actions for helping with the cultural issues. Not only was the Value of Culture week an enlightening educational experience, it was also a lovely environment for practical creative brainstorming. I have carried the excitement we generated throughout the course back to my studies in the US and hope to continue research in the field. I would definitely recommend the Value of Culture course to anyone looking to extend their knowledge of cultural economics, and expand their modes of thinking to more creative solutions.
  • Ebony McKinney, USA. As a Founder and Director of the Emerging Arts Professionals/ San Francisco Bay Area (EAP/SFBA), she is involved in enterprise training and leadership development for a network of emerging arts and culture workers. She is also a candidate for Master of Arts in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths?, University of London. I had a fun and enlightening time at the summer school. The instructors were knowledgeable and passionate. The subjects were timely and highly relevant to my work as an art administrator. And the cohort was fantastically bright and engaging. I could have stayed for a year with these guys in beautiful Amsterdam.
  • Julius Byaruhanga, Uganda. As an administrative director of Keiga Dance Company and The Dance Transmisions Festival in Kampala-Uganda, he is actively engaged in cultural and artistic management programs. The course is extremely intellectually engaging and yet very practical. It gives one an insight on topics and reading for further study.
  • Alicja Doniec, Lecturer in the Department of Microeconomics, University of Economics, Wroclaw, Poland During the course in Deventer, during the day I enjoyed the atmosphere of discussionswith spiritually and intellectually rich people, and in the eveningsthe beautiful river view.
  • Barbara Vance, PhD student in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas I feel so lucky coming here and being surrounded by such kind, talented people at the International Summer School in Cultural Economics. I loved the building and the environment in which we learned. Everyone was so welcoming and worked so hard to make us feel at home. The members of the faculty who presented had energy and a good sense of humor.
  • Carmen Artenie, master student, Utrecht University, Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Sciences The summer course proved to be a great platform for dialogue and networking, with a well balanced approach of theoretical and practical aspects. I most enjoyed the diversity in cultural backgrounds and different domains of activity and experience of the participants and of the Faculty as well.
  • Gayethree Bojnauth, Head of Science and Biology in an International School of Mauritius The summer course on 'The values of Culture' has been a very enriching experience for me as a professional. It gave me the opportunity to discover the whole world of Art and Culture as well as to get a true face value of art and culture in a world that is evolving at fast rate.
  • Faisal Kiwewa, Director of Bayimba Cultural Foundation, Uganda, I never knew what to expect from the course. I thought about it for sometime and I imagined meeting these serious academicians. But to my surprise - it was the most interesting course I have ever attended – yes there were academicians but open-minded ones and practitioners at the same time, which made a nice fusion. For that, I am glad that the International Summer School in Cultural Economics offered me the opportunity to participate in such an intercultural exchange with experts from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Kotipalli Priyateja Murthy, PhD student at Erasmus University He is currently pursuing his PhD in the area of Economics of Heritage at Erasmus University. The course has provided, in a short time, a strong and potent mix of practical and theoretical inputs that will help me to find a new focus and inspiration for my PhD. I would recommend this course as a good starting point to any one who wants to make a serious impression in the field of Cultural Economics.
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