With lectures held at the Institute for cultural development research the first international school of creative economy marked its beginning. The School is organized by Creative Economy Group in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design and supported by the Embassy of the United States in Serbia.
18 students coming from the United States and Serbia will have a chance to get acquainted with theoretical and practical aspects of creative economy and its role in development planning on a local level.
The fist day lectures were given by Estela Radonjić Živkov of the Republic Institute for protection of cultural monuments, Zoran Đelov of the Ministry of construction, transport and infrastructure, Bojana Subašić, Institute for cultural development research, and Hristina Mikić, director of the Creative Economy Group. Students were introduced with heritage preservation policy, urban planning and creative development of Serbian cities, public institutions and development potential of creative industries and culture in Serbia. The lectures on creative economy developmental aspects were presented by Aleksa Ciganovic, Republic Institute for protection of cultural monuments, Nenad Radujević and Ksenija Marković, Belgrade Design Collective and Donovan Rypkema, Sarah Blitzer of the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.
The international School of Creative Economy was designed as an innovative educational laboratory for generating knowledge and practice in creative economy. This year’s subject was “Cultural heritage and creative industries: discovering new creative centers” with special focus on researching creative agglomerations of chosen Serbian cities and municipalities and questioning their attitudes toward cultural heritage and creative industries.
Besides the theoretical-methodological lectures, School participants will visit relevant microlocations in Pančevo, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Zrenjanin and Kikinda, they will talk and meet artists, creative entrepreneurs, local creative industries. During the workshop sessions, students will develop sustainable projects in creative development of these visited locations and provide insights on possible reuse of cultural heritage monuments as to improve local creative economy in these cities.
The School of Creative Economy gathered experts such as Gordon Duguid, Deputy Chief of Mission USA in Serbia, John Giblin cultural attache USA Embassy in Serbia, Marija Bjelopetrović, USA Embassy, Milica Pekić Gallery HUB12, Viktor Kiš Ciglana – Klub ljubitelja teške industrije, Đorđe Milovanović and Marko Grković, Institute for protection of cultural monuments Kragujevac, Darka Radosavljević, Remont, Vesna Milosavljević SEECULT, Independant cultural scene, Dejan Molnar, Creative Economy Group, Maja Kolarić, Municipality of Pančevo, Bojan Kojičić Institute for protection of cultural monuments Zrenjanin, Jelka Đorđević, Directory for urban planning and construction Zrenjanin, Asja Drača Muntean and Ivana Zečević, Ministry of culture and information, Lidija Milašinović, National museum Kikinda, Secretery for economy and tourism municipality of Kikinda, Jasna Jovanov, Institute for protection of cultural monuments Pančevo and others.