How do the Arts and Creative Industries relate to New Technologies?
Are there programs to support new innovative and creative business ideas? What are the benefits of a European interregional cooperation project?
During the last decade, there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of artistic and creative processes as catalysers of innovation, something particularly noted in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that intersect in many fields with artistic processes.
However, as stressed by the Digital Agenda for Europe,
Europe continues to “under-use the creativity of SMEs”.
To tackle this, in 2016 the EC launched ‘STARTS’ initiative (Science, Technology and the ARTS) under Horizon 2020.
RegionArts partners are convinced of the need of integrating arts
in ITC for SME innovation and competitiveness.
As regional authorities, business development agencies and creative clusters, they have been working on promoting these cross-overs for the last years. But it is not an easy task.
Most policies available are conceived for an information and knowledge age (even for an industrial age) that is no longer predominant. Support offer is still fragmented.
Public support programmes are too rigid and there is a lack for occasions for collaboration and outreach.
There is also a need for a common language: existing initiatives often start from creative sector and reach out to ICT, or vice versa, i.e. both parties are not involved as equal partners.
The expected results:
Our objective is to improve the implementation of
Structural Funds/other funds
in partner regions,
through adapting or designing 1 support scheme in each region for the promotion of collaborations between artists and ICT companies. Consequently, through the improved support scheme, we will promote around 140 new collaborations in total (around 20 per region), 20% of the beneficiary SMEs introducing an innovation by 2022.
Our main outputs will be:
7 thematic workshops and 7 study visits
3 policy booklets for governments on steps to build support programme
7 regional match-making events ‘ICT meet the arts’
7 Design Action Plans
1 high-level conference in collaboration with SERN (Start-Up Europe Regions Network)