On the Move — a cultural mobility information network with more than 30 members in over 20 countries across Europe and beyond — has produced and now started widely disseminating a charter and toolkit which sets criteria and principles that, when respected, allow an institution, organisation, policy- or decision-maker, funder, artist, cultural professional and any other stakeholder of mobility to respect social and environmental standards, and to establish sustainable and responsible mobility practices.
Mobility happens anyway, so On the Move’s mission with the charter and the toolkit is simply “to make it happen better”. The intention has been to develop a new global practice where sharing of experiences and good practices allow the mobility of artists and cultural operators to be in line with social and environmental criteria.
On the Move’s overall mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation, contributing to building up a vibrant and shared European cultural space that is strongly connected worldwide.
The Charter for a Responsible and Sustainable Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals aims to be a dynamic and concrete tool of reference for all those organisations and individuals dealing with the mobility of artists and cultural professionals.
On the Move writes:
A charter for whom?
You manage a touring company or a venue which hosts international artists and cultural operators. You work for a cultural network. You are mobile, or you help others being mobile…
The charter helps you be responsible and sustainable when you practice cultural mobility.
You are a public institution or body which funds cultural activities, including international activities, and/or specifically mobility projects. You are a private foundation or organisation which funds the mobility of artists and cultural operators, either in a certain region, for specific disciplines or according to other crtieria…
The Charter helps you fund a responsible and sustainable cultural mobility.
You are a policy- or decision-maker at the local, regional, national level. You are in charge of cultural, social, economic, environmental policies. You deal with national and foreign affairs, including cultural diplomacy, visas and work permits…
The Charter helps you be responsible and sustainable when you make policies and decisions which impact on cultural mobility.
The charter was developed with the active participation of various categories of mobility actors and was published online on 24 January 2013 as a “constantly evolving online tool”. It is going to be enriched regularly and signatories are kept up-to-date through a monthly newsletter about new signatories, new good practices listed, new available resources, etc.
Whether you practice, support or fund the international mobility of artists and cultural professionals, On the Move invites you to engage in a three-step path:
1. Find your Charter
There are different principles to respect according to your role and activities as a stakeholder of mobility. How do you deal with “cultural mobility”?
- You practice mobility (as a company tour manager, a venue manager, the coordinator of a residency program, etc.)
- You fund mobility (as a private organisation or a public institution)
- You are involved in politicy decisions which have an impact on cultural mobility (policy-maker at any level)
2. Sign the Charter
Say that you care. Acknowledge your current situation, commit to improve, define objectives and assess your improvements. OTM supports you through peer-learning, training and information.
3. Get inspired
See what other signatories are doing — and share your experience.
If you don’t want to sign the Charter, you can still use it as a check-list to make sure you daily activities related to mobility respect social and environmental criteria.
More about cultural mobility
Visas and cultural mobility
1. Ease the mobility of artists and cultural professionals you invite or send abroad as far as visa procedures are concerned.
2. Raise awareness on obstacles related to visa issues at different levels: national – international, political-social.
Administrative & social aspects of cultural mobility
1. Ensure sustainable working conditions for the artists and cultural operators you work / collaborate with / employ.
2. Consider the social and economic issues at stake whenever cultural mobility takes place.
3. Be present in policy development, decision-making processes and their implementation at all levels.
Environmental aspects of cultural mobility
1. Commit to environmental issues.
2. Understand the environmental impact of your mobility practices.
3. Improve the various aspects of your mobility practices.
4. Communicate your impacts and improvements.
• Download the complete Charter as a pdf and discuss it within your organisation.
• Sign the Charter: acknowledge which principles you already respect and commit to improve in the future.
• See what other organisations are doing to improve their mobility practices, get in touch, get inspired, inspire others and share your experience — or simply let On the Move know that you are using the Charter.