This Toolkit offers basic guidelines, menu of options, lessons learned and tips on how to set up and run a creative space in an urban environment. The Toolkit is part of the EU/UNESCO supported Project “Designing a Creative Cluster Ecosystem in Georgia”. We elaborated it as a result of collaborative thinking, accumulated experience and competence, provided by professionals from several countries, as well as from Georgia in the period January 2020-June 2021. It targets Georgian cultural and creative sector and industries, although it could be used by other countries, cities, regions and organisations as well.
The Toolkit objectives are:
- To research methods and tools for incorporating creativity, arts and culture in urban regeneration strategies and actions. “Urban regeneration” is related to the strategic attempt to improve an area/quarter/part of a city, both living and working spaces, by attracting investments of public funding and private financing in order to make it more sustainable, enjoyable and vibrant.
- To analyse advantages and challenges of converting old industrial spaces and buildings, non-conventional spaces (former abandoned industrial buildings, storage spaces, ships, military bases, etc.) into cultural, artistic, educational and community centers.
- To assist cultural professionals and artists in their attempts to initiate and manage a creative space with a well elaborated partnership strategy and diverse options for a sustainable business model.
- To encourage local public authorities and businesses to invest and support creative spaces in their city/town/region.
- To provide tips and lessons learned in the management and development of creative spaces, as well as recommendations to local and international stakeholders for improving joined actions.
We wrote this Toolkit in an interactive and engaging style. It is directed towards cultural organisations and professionals, more specifically:
- Managers of creative spaces;
- Managers and teams of non-profit organisations in the cultural sector and creative industries;
- Business organisations and managers who are willing to support cultural sector;
- Decision-makers at local level, responsible for cultural policy and urban development;
- Any other individuals and professionals, willing to initiate and run a creative space.
The Toolkit is complemented by a Policy Paper (to be elaborated in the fall 2021), providing details and guidance for decision-makers at national and local level in Georgia. The Policy Paper also identifies appropriate cultural policy instruments for initiating and developing creative spaces as part of the urban regeneration process.