I was invited to address the American Association of Arts Educators’ conference on May 29th 2014, which was held in Montreal. I chose to focus on the achievements of the World Cities Culture Forum, to press home the importance of collaboration in the production of trustworthy evidence, especially in the domain of culture. This post contains a number of key documents from the Culture Forum, and my presentation in the form of a slideshow.
It is worth noting Ken Livingstone’s introduction to the original cultural audit, which I cited in my presentation.
“London is the crossroads of world trade and world culture. Its financial success is built on this foundation. London’s greatest strength is its people. These people, who come from the world over, have a choice; London is proud they have chosen to live here, and is the better for it. London’s cultural institutions are essential to their choice, and we all have a responsibility to ensure they continue to choose our city.
“London is witnessing an expansion of cultural and artistic life not seen for decades. From the Tate Modern and its world-renowned South Bank, through to investments in art education down to its cutting-edge designer-maker studios, cultural investments are expanding and renewing London’s priceless cultural assets.
“Policy requires evidence. This audit of London’s cultural assets, conducted for the first time in such a way as to make meaningful comparisons with other world cities, has gathered data of great use and vital importance both to business decision-makers and to policy makers. I invite all those who share our interest in sound evidence to join us.”
Cite as: Freeman, A. 2014. Curating Truth: The World Cities Forum and the collaborative production of trustworthy cultural evidence’.