Recent headlines have highlighted a series of political appointments around the world that are significant for arts and culture, revealing new approaches and milestones, as well as new names.
After three months of political deadlock in Italy, at the beginning of June the new government was sworn in with the Minister for Culture announced as Alberto Bonisoli, the former director of the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, who has promised greater investment with a focus on protecting cultural heritage.
In Spain, José Guirao has been appointed to the role of Minister for Culture and Sport. The former director of the Reina Sofía Museum and founder of La Casa Encendida joins a two-thirds female cabinet, which includes former Minister of Culture Carmen Calvo who will serve as Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister and Equalities Minister.
Also this month, in Finland Paula Tuovinen began her five-year term as Head of the Arts Promotion Centre, with plans to profile the social significance of the arts and defend artists’ livelihoods.
In Saudi Arabia, following a series of significant changes to the cabinet, the Kingdom has created an independent Ministry of Culture to support the development of the sector and appointed its first ever Minister of Culture, Prince Badr Al-Farhan. Egypt too has made history this month, with new Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly appointing eight female ministers to his cabinet, including Inas Abdel-Dayem who will continue in the role of Minister for Culture.
More recently, Colombia has elected its new president Iván Duque, former chief of the cultural division of the Inter-American Development Bank and co-author of The Orange Economy: an infinite opportunity which addresses the value of the creative economy for development in the region. To date, the new government’s proposals include fostering access to culture, developing international collaboration, and doubling the GDP contribution of the cultural economy by 2025.
You can find further updates from cultural ministries, arts councils and cultural agenies around the world on the IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies) website.