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New business models for smart art

Partnerships for the Goals
Sustainable Cities and Communities
10 ETC

About Smart City 

The City of Stavanger is part of a smart city network with both international and national consortiums. The ambition is to improve, change and develop the municipality, it’s practice and role, by exploring new ideas, disrupting the established and testing alternatives.One of the five focus areas for the Smart city department is “smart art”. Arts and culture affect all parts of society – from research and knowledge production of the contemporary, of human relations, values, and wars, to entertainment and leisure. Art is a central driving force of our society.

The overarching goal of the “Smart art” program is to find means and measures for how the city administration may improve, change and develop – within urban planning, economy, and sustainability. This student assignment relates to them all, leaning slightly towards policy-making and business models.

Thanks to a half-century-long, successful oil and gas history, the Norwegian economy and welfare system has been thriving. Our public spending has provided us with health care, education, roads, and infrastructure – and enriching culture. Based on an expected reduction of our resources and therefore a change in the economic structure, we ask the question of how the future of our society looks like. Are we able to obtain today’s level of welfare? What do we value the most, and how should we secure it? How will the economy of the arts develop? There is a need to explore and investigate the complex ecosystem of arts funding, public support, policy-making, and business models – and in particular, the relation between the municipalities and arts. Through the “smart art”-program, the City of Stavanger has taken the initiative to address the legal, economic, and political aspects of the complex relationship between the municipality and art. The city of Stavanger is working together with UiS, NTNU, KORO, and other smart cities and networks. This assignment is included as part of the collaboration, with the potential presentation at conferences and panels.

Even if all are intertwined and mutually connected, we firstly seek new knowledge and aim to suggest new methods and models for how the municipality can increase the use of art and artistic practice within urban planning. The work requires an understanding of each role and actor involved, their self-interpretation, their understanding of each other, their expectations, and motivations. It is also necessary to map out the existing structures and procedures, as well as the legal fundaments. The assignment should conclude with an economic model for the future relationship between the municipality and the arts.

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