Value of Culture 2016

On the relationship between Economy, Culture and the Arts

Dates: 23-27 August, 2016
Language: English

Location: Impact Hub, Haarlemmerweg 8c, Amsterdam

NB! New deadline for application is 10th of August - especially for those who need further funding arrangements with other organisations! 

Join the 7th edition of the International Summer School in Cultural Economics!

We will explore together the interaction between the arts, culture, society and economy. We will learn about the newest insights that the field of cultural economics has to offer while exploring the current development within the creative economy and its contributions to the social and cultural transformations in our societies.

What relevance do the arts and culture have for society and economy? The creative industries are about the production of meanings. What, then, is creativity? How to engender creative environments? Why is the cultural sector running the risk of being marginalized? What could cultural leaders do differently to improve the standing of the arts and culture and increase the necessary support? How to meet the challenges of decreasing subsidies and new technologies? How to formulate an up to date cultural policy? How to monitor the qualitative impact of the arts? 

Learn from prominent cultural economists and practitioners. And all that in the creative center of Amsterdam, arguably the most tolerant city of the world!

Our approach 

This course uses a value-based approach to the interaction between economic processes, the arts and culture. This approach stresses the role of values, and points out the different logics for the realization of values. This gets us to discuss the special characteristics of cultural goods, the mission of cultural organizations (and how difficult it is to articulate a good one), cultural entrepreneurship, creative ways of financing and alternative ways of evaluation.

Program & Method

The course will consist of a series of interactive seminars, group discussions, a few workshops, an excursion and discussions with prominent cultural leaders in the Netherlands.

In this course participants will gain up to date knowledge about:

  • Creative economy
  • Creative industries
  • Cultural policies
  • Creative financing
  • Strategic planning
  • Cultural entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Evaluation methods

The course stimulates interaction among the participants by the development of a common project, personal reflection on one’s own values and purposes, and applications of the ideas presented. Each participant will have a chance to present his or her own project and will receive professional advice.

The course  includes an economic primer for those who want to know the basic economic principles.


The course is endorsed by the cultural economics program of the Erasmus University (that offers an international master on cultural economics and entrepreneurship) and Association of Cultural Economics International.

The faculty, led by professor dr. Arjo Klamer (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), includes scholars in the field of cultural economics and cultural sociology and cultural leaders who will share their insights.

For whom

  • Professionals working for or with private and public cultural institutions;
  • Lecturers, researches and students who are interested in cultural management, policies and studies;
  • Representatives of public national and trans-national institutions dealing with culture;
  • Curious people who would like to know more about the subject.

Be part of inspiring and thought-provoking discussions with interesting and curious professionals and students from all over the world. Develop a network that will last a life time. Read about previous participants experience.

Fees and Accommodation

Tuition fee for for professionals is € 1600 and  € 900 for students. The fee includes refreshments, materials, field trips, lunches and excludes accommodation and dinners.

The Centre for Research in Arts and Economics provides five grants covering 40% of the tuition fee. Candidates are invited to send their CV, a motivation letter and two recommendation letters.

To plan your stay click here. Additional list of hotels and restaurants recommended by the host, the Impact Hub.


Maximum of 20 participants will be admitted.

Download, complete the application form and send it to (subject: VOC Amsterdam).
The deadline for early bird applications: May 16th, 2016 (10% discount). The discount is valid only for the full tuition fees. 

NB! Registration is valid only upon payment.

Final deadline to submit the application: July 11th, 2016

NB! New deadline for application is 10th of August

Candidates who requires visa to enter the Netherlands, please contact us as soon as possible.

Academic Credits
Participants will receive a Certificate for attendance after successful completion of the course. The graduate students can receive 3 ECTS. In that case they need to do an extra assignment. Those who need academic credit should contacts us beforehand to discuss current school’s requirements.

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