MAPSI Conference in Tallinn


 MAPSI 2015 conference

Insights and Tools for Managing Arts Projects with Societal Impact

6th-7th of July 2015

VENUE: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Tatari 13, Tallinn 10116



International conference, held in Tallinn, July 7th 2015, aims to bring together researchers, academics, students and educators as well as practitioners involved with artistic and societal activities in order to explore the emerging issues around the managing art project with societal impact topic. We are focusing on contributions where arts and cultural issues are managed to achieve public and societal objectives from various disciplines; all management approaches, cultural policy, social sciences art and economics. As a part of the conference, the optional study visits to organizations involved with societal impact of art will take place on the 6th of July. The program will be also enriched with showcasing of Estonian music.


Key speakers of the conference are:

Dr Eleonora Belfiore – Associate Professor in Cultural Policy at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. She has published extensively on the notion of the ‘social impacts’ of the arts and the effect that the rhetoric of impact has had on British cultural policy. Her work amounts to a sustained intellectual critique of the role of evidence and research in decision-making in the cultural sector, in favour of an approach that emphasises the political and value-driven dimension of cultural policymaking.


Takaya Kawamura – Associate Professor at Graduate School of Business, Osaka City University, Japan, where he runs an arts-mediated critical MBA program for health/social care professionals and managers. His recent research interest centres on the knowledge-based management of public/not-for-profit organizations in the fields of healthcare, social welfare, arts and culture, education, regional activation, human rights protection, and environmental preservation, from the perspectives of organizational knowledge creation, community of practice, cultural-historical activity theory, new institutional theory, communitarian organization, professional/organizational ethics, and critical management studies.


Hanna Brotherus – Finnish choreographer, an interesting and original figure in the field of Finnish dance. Her works are known for their politically biting perspective. Brotherus’ ensemble is often comprised of people of different ages and background. Hanna Brotherus aims for authentic expression and presence of the performers in her work. Her artistic vision is based on social awareness and her works often deal with such topics as memories, inter-generational relationships and social questions. Since early 2000’s Brotherus has choreographed and directed also a few dance films which have been shown in several dance and short film festivals in Europe. “Be always with us” won the 1st price in Cinedans festival, Amsterdam, in 2003.

Her recent works have been performed e.g. by physically disabled youngsters, elderly people and asylum seekers.Teaching dance and movement is an important part of Hanna Brotherus’ work. She has conducted dance workshops for e.g. social workers, classical musicians, mothers and daughters and recovering drug addicts.


Conference Programme

Tuesday, 7th July 2015

8.30 – Registration and coffee

9.00 – Welcome words:

  • Welcome words from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
  • Intro to MAPSI project and the conference

o   Practical issues – schedule of the day, practicalities

9.30 – 10.30 – Key note panel, Eleonora Belfiore

10.30 – 11.30 – Key note panel, Takaya Kawamura

11.30 – 12.30 – Key note panel, Hanna Brotherus

12.30-13.45 – Lunch (not provided by the conference organizer)

13.45-15.45 – Parallel sessions and discussion I

  • Social Impact – presentations (room A404)
  • Urban – presentations (room A403)
  • Social Engagement, community – presentations (room A402)
  • Social health care – presentations (Kammersaal)

15.45-16.00 – Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00 – Parallel sessions and discussion II and work-shops

  • Social Impact – work-shops (room A402)
  • Social health care – presentations (Kammersaal)
  • Music and art – presentations (room A 404)
  • Music and art – work-shop (room A403)

18.00-18.30 Closing up the conference, concert of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre students


For detailed programme click Programme_MAPSI conference 07 July 2015


For attending MAPSI conference, please register here by 28.06.2015. The conference is free of charge.



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The easiest way to travel from the Airport to the academy or your hotels is by taxi. Taxis are waiting in front of the airport. The drive should take around 10 min and cost no more than 10 EUR.



Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Kadri Tamm

coordinator of MAPSI project



Please click  HERE  to see some of the options



Please click  Study Visits_MAPSI conference_6th of July to learn more about possible (optional) study visists on 6th of July

NB! The Ukrainian Cultural Center is free of charge

For entrance to Seaplane Harbour visitors need to pay by themselves, ticket prices are:

Adults 14€

Students 7€

Children up to 8 years have free entrance

To see the route to study visits places click on Study Visit Map