Good Intercultural Practice in the European Cultural Sector

By: Monica Riaza De los Mozos  

Worldwide globalization has facilitated the proliferation of contacts between cultures for years. In this changing landscape, betting on cultural diversity and interculturality requires stimulating dialogue by listening to all opinions, defending and transmitting clear and understandable ideas and principles. Intercultural dialogue presupposes cultural diversity and offers an effective instrument to connect people with different backgrounds, interests and perspectives. It is a way to involve immigrants and refugees from the territory, increasing their participation in cultural and social life. However, we detect that the realization of intercultural dialogue in everyday practices is a challenge in itself and requires changes in established routines and procedures. In this important challenge, we detect that cultural policies, arts and cultural practices can contribute to make positive impacts. The poster presents the good practice of the Danish Center of Art and Intercultural (DCAI) which corroborates the importance of having institutions and organizations that achieve intercultural competences, open themselves to intercultural dialogue and work together with the immigrants themselves and other actors in the cultural sector. Cultures and identities - the basic elements of intercultural dialogue - are never fixed and immutable essences but fluid processes open to transformations in everyday relationships between people of different backgrounds. Individuals are molded and restructured by their relationships with others, just as relationships are shaped and remodeled by the individuals themselves. Projects and practices inspired by intercultural dialogue have the potential to produce new and inclusive values.

Culturaldiversity, Interculturaldialogue, Interculturalcompetences.
Community Diversity and Governance
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Monica Riaza De los Mozos

PhD Student, Culture Management. Cultural Cooperation & Cultural Development., University of Girona, Spain

Over 15 years work experience in culture as manager and supervisor of promotion and development culture with special focus on intercultural research during the past years. Cultural manager for Cervantes Institute in Stockholm, Sweden (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2011). Manager in projects, plans and programs focused on culture, youth and its relationship with education to the districts of Madrid, Spain (Deputy Mayor Office, 2008-2011). Consulting of culture and citizen participation (City Council of Madrid, Spain, 2003-2008). Director of a Cultural Center (City Council of Madrid, Spain, 2002-2003). Other experience includes: university teacher assistant (Menedez Pelayo International University - UIMP, 2013, 2015-2018) (Complutense University of Madrid, 2003), Research student in History of Art (Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e L'Immagine di Roma, 2001) (Autonomous University of Mexico, 2000), Research and arts manager in History of Art (National Heritage of Spain, 1999-2000) (Prado Museum, 1998), Research in History of American Art (Complutense University of Madrid, 1996-1998). Education: MA in Cultural Management, Certificate of proven research experience in Art History, Graduate Certificate in International Cultural Relations, Graduate Certificate in Pedagogy, University degree in Geography and History -specialize in Art History.