Academy of Change

Academy of Change is our platform for strengthening the cultural sector.
Activities on the Academy’s agenda include training and coaching for artists and cultural workers, a cultural mediation specialisation programme, an experimental programme for business and culture collaboration, an artistin-residence scheme, and the cultural voucher - an initiative to increase access to culture.

The Academy facilitates connections and knowledge sharing among cultural practitioners through workshops, conferences, exchange programmes, and networking events such as the Concentric meetings, the annual Forum for cultural mediation and Culture 2030 - an international event dedicated to cultural policies.

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Cultural Mediation Forum 2021: Art + Science

Cultural Mediation Forum 2021: Art + Science

In its third edition, the Cultural Mediation Forum (formerly the Academy of Change Forum) takes place online from 25 to 28 October 2021, proposing an exploration of the encounter between arts and sciences in practice and communication theory, of coexisting approaches...

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The culture pill for well-being

The culture pill for well-being

People who interacted more with art in the first months of the pandemic experienced fewer negative moods: 64% of them said that art helped them feel better and frequent consumption of art was associated with an improved mood, significance and appreciation for beauty,...

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More about Academy of Change




Consolidation of the Academy main modules and their operating models (Training and mentoring program, Residences, Open Calls, Cultural Mediation Methodology)

Strengthening the relationship with the cultural sector

Strategic partnerships

Preparation for transition / transfer

Activity calendar

The Academy of Change Forum
Cultural mediation methodology
Training & mentoring program
Artists and researchers residences | Studiotopia
2 public events | Studiotopia platform
Preparation of residences and public development workshops | Stronger Peripheries
Culture 2030
Artists and researchers residences | Future Audiences
Future Audiences Workshops (4 of them) | Future Audiences


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The second edition of the Academy of Change Forum took place online and brought together over 250 cultural and educational professionals.

During four days of workshops, presentations and discussions, we explored how cultural-educational practices adapt to the needs and contexts of learning, to the audience types profile and, last but not least, the digital environment.


Within the Studiotopia project, we started the two collaboration residencies we host, with artist Alexandra Pirici and researcher Paco Calvo, respectively Ciprian Mureșan and researchers Sanneke Stigter and Sven Dupre.

STUDIOTOPIA includes a complex program of collaborative residencies for artists and researchers, as well as exhibitions, research activities and a creative process of activating and involving a specific audience, from young people to disadvantaged groups.


The first online edition of the Training and Mentoring Program was attended by 89 participants from all over the country, more than 30 of them going through the entire program.

The Training and Mentoring Program aims to serve as an incubator for the exchange of ideas and connection with personalities and creative networks in the cultural field.


We launched Artists Together, a national campaign designed to involve artists in response to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Artists Together movement aims to mobilize Romanian artists in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the open call, we received over 450 work proposals from all over the country, 45 of which were selected for funding.


The first edition of the Academy of Change Forum - on the topic of public development and cultural mediation - attended by over 100 cultural and educational professionals.

The Academy of Change Forum brought together cultural producers, artists, mediators, researchers and other cultural and educational professionals in a meeting that explored the space between culture and the public, good practices and tools that inspire and challenge us to rethink the relationship with our public.


First year students received free tickets to cultural events and spaces, as part of the Cultural Voucher.

The Cultural Voucher is a mechanism for increasing cultural participation, addressed to specific local community groups. It provides free access to cultural events for which the public currently pays an entrance fee.


In partnership with the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale, we selected and trained the exhibition mediators.

Between April 23 and 24, we organized a workshop to train the custodians of the Unfinished Conversations on the Weight of Absence exhibition. The course was attended by 30 students from art universities in Bucharest, Cluj and Iasi, but also young artists and professionals in contemporary art.


We initiated Concentric, a series of meetings dedicated to the exchange between member organizations.

Concentric is a series of meetings dedicated to the Cluj Cultural Center members, which we organize to develop exchange opportunities, to create a context for discussion and learning between cultural operators, artists and creators who are active on the local cultural scene.


The cultural mediation program organized around the ”Memory as a Vision” exhibition involved over 200 children in learning activities through contemporary art.

The cultural mediation program is a component of the Academy of Change that promotes the practice of mediation in the cultural sector, pilots working models, develops skills and resources in this field.


We launched the cultural mediation program with a course on public development.

The cultural mediation program is the Academy of Change component which develops the practice of mediation in the cultural sector, creates and implements working models, skills and resources for the cultural scene to develop activities and programs dedicated to this field. In addition to the practice development and training, the program aims at a long-term promotion and consolidation of cultural mediation at the national level, as well as validating the mediator profession in the Romanian Registry of Professions.

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