Implementation of Observatories of Creative Economy
The implementation of the Observatories aims at allowing for the decentralization of the process of production of data and information as well as reflection, along with greater visibility and public awareness of the debate about culture as a fundamental vector, a platform and an asset for development. In this perspective, a few specific goals stand out: (i) to map out the agents and productive chains of cultural domains; (ii) to develop data banks and indicators of the Brazilian culture economy, integrated with the National System of Cultural Information and Indicators; (iii) to organize, build and disseminate research on the economy of culture; (iv) to mobilize local, state, national and international institutional agents; and (v) to generate feedstock for the development of local and state agendas of culture economy.
It is a national institutional measure by the Ministry of Culture. In the implementation of this measure, terms of cooperation were established with six Federal Universities for the implementation of the first Observatories of Creative Economy, integrated to the National Network. The implement Observatories are at the: Federal University of Amazonas; Federal University of Bahia; Fluminense Federal University; University of Brasília; Federal University of Goiás; and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Through those Observatories and the network of mobilized researchers, up to May 2015, 85 surveys were verified – either ongoing or finished – including several orientations such as: Architecture; Crafts; Audiovisual; Productive Chains; Digital Culture and Software; Indigenous Cultures; Territorial Development; Design; Cultural Rights and e Policies; Economy of Cultural Processes and Practices; Entrepreneurship and New Business Models; Training; Internationalization; Literature, Books and Reading; Fashion; Music; Cultural and Natural Heritage; Intangible Heritage; Territorialities, Expressive Arrangements and Social Practices; and Tourism.
The implementation of the Observatories seeks the following results: (i) to qualify the presence of the Federal, State and Municipal governments in the processes of formulation, monitoring and assessment of public policies geared toward the development of the Brazilian culture economy; (ii) the institutionalization of local policies of culture economy; and (iii) to place the cultural agenda as strategic for the process of national development.
The measure is promoted and funded by the Ministry of Culture. Presently, the program is in the process of mobilizing new institutional agents to share governance and organize the dynamics of sustainability of the Network.
Up until May 2016, the resources allocated for the implementation of this measure amount to 1,508,117.43 USD, amassed through a cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and six Federal Universities.