MAASTRICHT. Things are not easy for the cultural sector; subsidies are being withdrawn, vacancies are few and far between. Artists, cultural heritage experts, policy officials, fashion designers, et cetera, all need a helping hand. And that is why three alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Janna Klöpper, Nika Dings and Jessica Capra, founded an association last year, called The Artist and the Others.
Funded by the Limburg provincial government and in co-operation with the city council, Zuyd Hogeschool and Maastricht University, they organise monthly meetings, presentations or workshops: Common Knowledge. “We want to bring students, young professionals and experts in contact with each other, so that they can share their knowledge and experience.” Besides, this is not just about Limburg. Aachen and Liege will be involved in the future as well. Because why would people in Maastricht reinvent the wheel when just across the border thorough investigation has already led to a project that is ready for use? There will be a Common Knowledge meeting in Heerlen next Wednesday, 23 April, about working online (“show, share and sell your work online”). Six speakers have been invited, including Justin McMurray, who came up with Somewhere, an equivalent to LinkedIn.
Previous meetings were about presentation skills, marketing strategies, financing and project-based collaboration.
The primary language will be Dutch on Wednesday; at the other meetings it was English.