(2017-2018) closing of the first phase
With the field experience gained and the evaluations done during these two years of work, we realize that it’s necessary to specify even more our model. In the perspective of this project we understood from the beginning that each territory had particular needs and therefor the work has been done with a focused calendar, but in this second evaluation we also defined, that it’s not just a matter of needs or cultural identities, but also that every participating entity and locality is in a very different development stage in terms of their own management autonomous mechanisms and the mission of RED is to contribute with the strengthening of these processes.
From the meeting of local artists and the meeting of intercommunal management, it is evidenced that there are localities with a vast support team and expertise in the subject, years of bonding together with the communities, self-management of different resources (programmatical, infrastructure, economical, logistical etc.) permanent contact with local artists, a clear editorial line and a well-established mid-term deadline projection etc. other localities are in full development of these mechanisms and finally there are some that are just beginning this search.
In this context, during 2018 closure landmarks are defined with some districts and participating partners, those that have more years at RED, that have strengthened their internal management, culturally activated their territories and that have the necessary mechanisms to continue with autonomy relating to our work model. Projecting this way, opening space for new members in earlier development stages and to generate a deepening plan with mid-level localities during 2019.
Casa de la Cultura Anselmo Cádiz of El Bosque, Cultural Corporation of Melipilla, Cultural Corporation of Talagante and the Teatro Regional of El Maule are the districts and entities where the closure landmarks were executed during 2018, districts that have developed a prominent boost of their management teams and an exponential growth in their scheduling criteria of exhibition and educational activities based on the experience we shared during these three years.
In the case of the Cultural Corporation of Talagante, we attended during these three years to the launching of their cultural infrastructure, we started working with the local artists at the Teatro Plaza, an old theater in front of their Main Square and later we relocated at the newly opened “Centro Cultural de Talagante”, where two years later, already exists a regular calendar with all kind of shows and besides, permanent educational activities that have given life to this new space for local culture.
In the case of Melipilla, in 2016 huge difficulty presented, that was, not having an exhibition or working space for the management team of the territory. In 2017 we accompanied the awaited inauguration of the “Teatro Serrano”, space that solved this need, and has generated a close bond with the community, an artistic content calendar that is up to the new infrastructure and an important space for local artists to participate.
In the case of the Casa de la Cultura Anselmo Cádiz of El Bosque, we collaborated for three years with the strengthening of their groups and permanent theater workshops, achieving a high-level communication and management relation with the people in charge of the direction and coordination of the activities of this space. Today, “Casa de la Cultura Anselmo Cádiz de El Bosque”, counts with a stable cast of young people and maintains a permanent schedule on its exhibition room, an extremely established space for the residents of the district.
Finally, in the case of the Teatro Regional del Maule, its growth has been exponential since the year 2014, achieving an important consolidation of its internal management, permanent programs, its own productions, important management of public and private resources, long term strategic alliances and connection with different districts of the region, which is strengthened by the inauguration of the Teatro Municipal de Chillán with which they have been able to develop a circulation corridor between the regions VII and VIII.
In each one of these territories a program was implemented, as a closing landmark, that links artists that were present in the locality during 2016 and 2017, as well as a selection of shows of the Santiago Off International Festival 2018. On the other hand, with the municipality of Til-Til, the Corporacion de Cultura y Patrimonio of Independencia, the Museo de La Ligua, and the Municipality of Quillota in 2018 the programmatical coverage was widened and specific diagnosis activities were made, that allowed in 2019 to generate a more specific planning for them.
In 2018, adds to RED, the municipality of Algarrobo, replacing que Municipality of San Felipe (with whom we develop a community project of collaborative art through other management programs). In this new territory initial activities are scheduled that generate a first approach and bond with the community.
So that is how the network implemented during 2018 a total of 37 artistic activities: 1 launch landmark, 14 mediation and training activities, 14 performances, 2 student leaders meetings and 6 managers and relevant cultural agents meetings, reaching a total of 1.570 direct beneficiaries giving closure to the first big work phase.