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Mongol Messenger December 2019


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Mongol Messenger December 2019

  1. 1. Friday, December 6, 20198 THE MONGOL MESSENGER Arts Council of Mongolia, Delta Foundation Center, IV floor, Tourists Street-38, Chingeltei District Tel/Fax: 976-11-319015 E-mail: Web: ARTS COUNCIL OF MONGOLIA ARTS COUNCIL OF MONGOLIA ARTS & CULTURE The Mongol Messenger is operated and printed by government news agency MONTSAME Web: E-mail: ISSN 1684-1883 In 2002, business, civic, and arts leaders of Mongolia formed the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM), a non- governmental organization with the mission to promote the sustainable development of Mongolian arts and culture and preservation of cultural heritage. Its activities include the support of Mongolian art institutions and individual artists through programs promoting international exchanges, and raising awareness of Mongolian arts and artists. While also, advocating for more creative cooperation of the private and public sectors towards initiating art education and cultural heritage activities. In 2019, ACM expanded its geographi­ cal network for cultural partnerships. ACM initiated new collaborations with artists and organizations from Australia, Switzerland, UK, Sweden Canada, Netherlands, Austria, France, Ger­many, Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, Indo­nesia, Sin­gapore, China, Korea and the USA. ACM successfully maintained its sta­ted objec­tives including supporting artistic excellence, enhancing international coope­ ration, preserving cultural heritage and pro­ moting the role of arts and culture in human and social development. Since ACM’s establishment, US$7.5 million has been raised to carry out organizational priorities and objectives. The year to date, has seen ACM raise a total of US $707.482. These funds supported the implementation of a total of 36 projects, 13 of which were new initiatives.Altogether, 21 local and international cultural orga­ni­ zations and 882 artists benefited from our activities. ACM activities reached out to a total of 553 children, 25.500 public and social media posts reached over 600.800 people. The Art Program highlights for the year were the 11th edition of Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival and the 4th edition of Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, both successfully held with enriched artistic excellence programs. Sustaining these international festivals helps to promote cultural diversity, introduce world renowned films and media art works to local audiences. This in turn builds local artists’ capacity and increases international cooperation within the industry. In the framework of the Community Education Program ACM implemented “Re-Imagine Ulaanbaatar” community engagement project with a slogan “My City-My Home”. This initiative supports inclusive community engagement and access to economic opportunities in the Bayankhoshuu area of Songinokhairkhan khoroo No.7,8,9,10, and 28 with support of the City Mayor’s Office and the ADB. Overall activities included a solid waste program at three schools and a kindergarten; implementation of a solid waste management survey; weekend creative arts program for youth which played a significant role in promoting arts impact on human, social and economic development. The Culture Heritage Program focused on improving conservation of cultural heritage sites through MCS Group’s “Cultural Treasure” grant. With funding from this grant ACM implemented Choijin Lama Temple Museum Landscaping project, Conservation Management Plan and Condition Assessment of Choijin Lama Temple Museum Structures, Preventive Preservation of Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Condition Study and Needs Assessment of Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. The “Cultural Treasure” grant continues to invite individuals, private and business organizations’ involvement in the preservation of cultural heritage sites. In the scope of this project, ACM nominated Choijin Lama Temple Museum to the 2020 World Monuments Watch in June 2019, with an aim to raise international awareness and to seek technical assistance and funding for the restoration of the temple museum. To fulfil its mission, ACM continued to run programs in four different areas: Arts, Community Arts Education, Cultural Heritage and Development. The Arts Program focused on nurturing artistic excellence among arts and culture organizations and artists, with building their capacities and enhancing their international collaboration. A major focus of the program included international promotion of Mongolian arts and culture and with bringing world talents to Mongolia for creative exchanges. Arts Program implemented 13 different projects, trainings and international ex­ change programs in the field of film, dance, music, visual arts and arts management, and involved more than 600 artists and arts managers and reached over 15000 people. In July, the Arts Program implemented the 4th edition of Ulaanbaatar International Media Arts Festival and featured nine curators from East and South East Asia. 26 artists from 11 countries provided creative, imaginative and untold stories through their expressions. The 11th Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, held in October, presented 15 award-winning films that have been selected in highly prestigious international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam and Berlinale. In addition, the program provided a networking platform of culture and expertise exchanges for Mongolian artists, performers and managers in the field of visual arts and media. These creative exchanges were achieved through initiatives such as Shining Horses International Fellowship and Grant competition, Nomadic Arts Residency and World Wood Day. The program expanded its network in visual and media arts, film, and music with more than twenty-eight countries around the world including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, China, Korea, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S and UK. In 2018-2019, ACM organized the 11th edition of ACM Fellowship program with support of ACM- US.The aim of the Fellowship program is for inducted fellows to enhance their leadership and arts management skills, and promote their collaboration skills and experience. This year, the program has involved 20 emerging young leaders from film, visual art, performing art, cultural heritage and media fields and enhanced their networking and practical experience by attending a series of 22 trainings. ACM Fellows were granted with an amount of $600 to implement four different joint community service projects which were intended to encourage arts access and arts education for youth and communities. Also, ACM Fellowship Alumni Grant Competition, with a total sum of 6 million MNT was announced amongst all ACM fellows. In total eight project proposal were received. 2018-2019 intake fellow J.Nomgonmaa’s “Journey” contemporary dance performance with wheelchairs won the competition. The performance took place on the 28th of September at the Ulaanbaatar Ensemble and it involved four dancers on wheelchairs and eight professional dancers. The Community Arts Education Prog­ram focused on promoting public awa­ reness of arts and culture and on increasing the value of arts and culture for individuals and on the development of Mongolian society. With this focus, the program has implemented 10 arts education projects to nurture arts and cultural education of youth and the public. The program contributed to the education and professional development of students in several ways. Scholarships were awarded to 17 students and engaged 553 children (17 children with disabilities and 390 from underprivileged communities) in visual arts, classical music, dance and film trainings to enhance their creativity and self-esteem. Through the program, ACM contributed to the professional development of 65 music and visual art teachers from 30 schools and collaborated with 100 local artists, art students as well as three Australian, three Korean and one German partner. The program reached out to 10,000 people through social media and involved 1500 people in various events and art exhibitions. With the support of new international and local business partners, ACM enriched its program content and expanded its activities with local and international partners. The Cultural Heritage Program has been continuing to contribute to the preser­ vation and promotion of both intangible and tangible heritage of Mongolia and to raise general public awareness on the importance of cultural heritage. The program has created andmaintainedastrongnetworkamongstate parties, private businesses, international and local organizations in charge of cultural heritage preservation. In 2019, the program focused on improving the conservation of cultural heritage sites through MCS Group’s “Cultural Treasure” grant. With funding from this grant ACM implemented five projects namely: Choijin Lama Temple Museum landscaping project, Conservation management plan and condition assessment of Choijin LamaTemple Museum structures, Preventive preservation ofAmarbayasgalant monastery, Condition study and needs assessment of Bogd Khaan Palace museum and produced a “Zanabazar” documentary feature film project. As a traditional event, ACM organized the Culture Naadam for the 12th year to promote five domains of intangible cultural heritage and reached out to 10.000 people. The Development Program ensures development of ACM and Mongolian arts and culture by increasing its earned revenues through building a creative partnership with local and international businesses. In 2019, eight organizations and 32 individuals became ACM members. The program continued its “Take a Break, Lets Us Handle It!” services, held an ACM Membership campaign and “Red Ger” Creative Space activities continued to facilitate events with quality tailor-made art and business services. ACM runs the “Red Ger” Creative Space, which hosted exhibitions, workshops, trainings, film screenings and much more. Over the course of 2019, the space has organised and held 20 lectures, 13 receptions, 10 solo exhibitions, six trainings, two meetings, and reached an audience of over 600 in the promotion of creative events and multifaceted cultural activities. ACM would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all supporters, donors, board members, program partners and project participants who have helped make 2019 such a successful year. The organization is looking forward to a host of equally exciting and fruitful projects in 2020 that will continue to see art and culture in Mongolia thrive. For more information please visit our web site or call 319015 TheArtsCouncilofMongolia:2019TheYearThatWas