More art, less brick and more free zones
It is essential for art and culture that there are good opportunities to become and be a practicing creative artist. Art and culture are not created by brick, but of people. Therefore, we want to have a cultural policy that brings the focus back on the people who create, practice and disseminate art and culture, be it on a professional level or as promising artistic talent.
More creative free zones
There should be easier access to good physical surroundings for artistic creation and better opportunities to be and become a practicing artist. There are already several private and public initiatives that work to create better surroundings and The Alternative will increase support for them.
In many cities in Denmark, there are currently experiments involving the use of public spaces for cultural “playgrounds”. Inspiring initiatives such as GivRum.NU in Copenhagen and Detours in Aarhus have already shown the way here at home, and in Canada, the project Artscape has brilliantly shown how to create good environments for creative and artistic expression through an ambitious urban policy.
The Alternative believes that we must increase support for this development through the creation of several creative free zones with room for art and cultural production.
We will support the idea of the free zone by creating better opportunities for artists to use empty buildings for project work and artistic expression. In addition, The Alternative will work to incorporate art and culture into the planning of new buildings to a much greater degree than is the case today.
Reallocation of funds from bricks to artistic production
Too much of the state, regional and municipal cultural budget is tied up in buildings and operations. Although several of the major construction projects in cultural life are partly financed by private funds, the operating costs alone for the new buildings are so striking that much of the money that could go to artistic production, ends up in bricks and administration instead. We will change that.
The Alternative proposes a reallocation of funds so that a larger part of the state’s budget is spent on actual artistic production and cultural development. This can partly be achieved through a general cap on how much of the state’s culture budget can be spent on operations related to production, and partly through a critical assessment of the current institutional structure in the culture area. This applies not only to the distribution of funds between the capital and the rest of the country, but also in relation to the number of state-supported theaters, museums, orchestras, etc.