Alessandra Gariboldi is a senior researcher and adviser in the fields of visitor studies, cultural programmes and policies evaluation, with a primary focus on audience engagement and participatory approaches. She is Head of Transnational Projects of Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, and collaborates with the Cultural Observatory of Piedmont, Italy. She’s been involved as researcher and trainer in several EU funded projects focused on cultural participation, as ADESTE, CONNECT and Be SpectActive, and designed the two years capacity building programme in AD for the European Capital of Culture Rijeka2020. At the national level, she contributed to several research and capacity building programmes focused on urban regeneration through the arts, cultural entrepreneurship and arts impact evaluation, working with both cultural institutions and independent cultural organisations. She is passionate about arts and strongly believes they must be at the very heart of social development. She wrote essays or contributed to many publications on visitor studies and impact evaluation of cultural policies.
Nicolas Barbieri, Mafalda Damaso and Anne Torreggiani will be the panelists for this session with the coordination of Alessandra Gariboldi. In addition, Valentina Montalto, Jordi Pascual and Lene Struck-Madsen will be the long table moderators.
Throughout the COVID19 outbreak, half of the world’s population has been on lockdown. Cancelled fairs, festivals and concerts, closed clubs and shut-down theatres: we were all affected. Yet, in a time of desolation and deprivation, we have once again invited culture into our homes. Watching streaming series and movies, listening to music, reading books, we have suddenly become painfully aware of the extraordinary meaning culture has in our lives. Overnight, we were able to watch theatre performances from our couches, browse through galleries and virtual exhibitions, listen to live online concerts. What is happening, and what is going to happen under the rule of social distancing? In this new light, it seems important to put forth once more the need for culture, its relevance, its accessibility and the conditions under which this access is provided. And to keep in mind the millions without access to it, asking ourselves how we can overcome these obstacles.