Meet the Speakers: Cultural Organisation and Sustainability Management

Let us present the speakers of Cultural Organisation and Sustainability Management (COSM 1), which is a part of three lectures bringing together top experts in the world. You have an unique opportunity to join us and experience the international perspective on sustainability values in Cultural Management. 

Register today in order to learn and discuss with the leading experts of the topic in Humak’s hybrid course. You can follow the course online or visit Humak’s campus in this unique hybrid course which is part of our Master of Cultural Manager degree programme. The lecture series or single parts of it are available for everyone, everywhere in the world. Registration fee for the individual course is just 75 euro. Registration is open in our webshop. Registration for the COSM 1 ends on the 4th September 2022.


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Prof. Constance DeVereaux – Director of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management at University of Connecticut in the U.S. and guest professor at Zeppelin University in Germany.

Her special field of research and experience is Culturally Sustainable Entrepreneurship – cultural policy formulation and analysis to support cultures facing disruptive entrepreneurial change.

Her recent publications include “Arts and Cultural Management: Sense and Sensibilities in the State of the Field”, and “A Theoretical Framework for Sustaining Culture: Culturally Sustainable Entrepreneurship”


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Dr Sacha Kagan – one of the key international experts in the transdisciplinary field of “arts and (un-)sustainability”. Leader of research area “creative and artistic practice for sustainable urban development” at the Research Consortium “City as Space of Possibility” and the founding coordinator of the international network “Cultura21: Cultural Fieldworks for Sustainability”.

He studied History at Université Bordeaux 3 (France), Political Sciences at Sciences Po Bordeaux, Cultural Economics & Cultural Entrepreneurship and Sociology of the Arts at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (Netherlands). In 2011 he completed his PhD and in 2021 his Habilitation at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany).

He is the author of over 70 publications, he directed 3 documentary films, and contributed in various roles to a dozen of art projects.


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Lorena Vicini – a researcher and cultural manager, she works at the Instituto Inhotim in Brazil, that is one of the largest open-air museums in the world. She coordinated the project “Episodes of the South” and the international conference “Echoes of the South Atlantic” at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo and Salvador.

Vincini is a Phd candidate at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany. Among the publications she took part is “Inspirador: international guidelines for sustainable cultural management”


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Prof. WoongJo Chang – from the Department of Arts and Cultural Management in Hongik University, Seoul, Korea. He taught in the Arts Leadership Program in Seattle University. He studied performing arts at Seoul National University and earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from The Ohio State University.

His research is focused on small arts organisations’ entrepreneurial practices and how to support them. His recent works have appeared in books and journals, such as The Journal of Arts Management and Law and Society, of which he is currently serving as a consulting editor.

Chang is also a co-chair of the scientific committee of the Korean Society of Arts and Cultural Management.


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Prof. Antonio C. Cuyler who is Professor of Music in Entrepreneurship & Leadership in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan (USA).

He is the author of “Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Cultural Organizations: Insights from the Careers of Executive Opera Managers of Color in the U. S.” and editor of “Arts Management, Cultural Policy, & the African Diaspora”.

He also founded Cuyler Consulting, LLC, a Black-owned arts consultancy that helps cultural organizations maximize their performance and community relevance through access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI). 


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Birgitta Persson is Swedish consultant, trainer and mentor in cultural management, leadership and organisational development in Olivearte Cultural Agency. Birgitta is also part of the company Point of Value that works with development of individuals, teams and organisations based on values.

She is furthermore the chair of the theatre company Månteatern based in Lund, Sweden that produces contemporary drama for children and young people. She was also a project manager at Future by Lund. Up until 2017, she worked for 12 years as Secretary General of Trans Europe Halles an international network of cultural centers initiated by grassroots.

Before that she worked as a producer, promoter, fundraiser, marketing manager, project manager etc. at a cultural centre and organized concerts, shows, exhibitions, circus, collaboration projects for 10 years.


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COSM 1 is coordinated by the host-lecturer Marcin Poprawski, who works at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), School of Arts and Cultural Management.

The territory of his research, publishing and teaching activities belong to the shared land of cultural management, cultural policies, sustainability values, festivals, local cultural ecosystems, organisational cultures, audience engagement and aesthetics.

Poprawski combines theory with practice, international experiences with local rooting, helps to apply conclusions from research, inspiring meetings and readings to specific situations and decisions faced by people involved in the practice of cultural and creative activities and those who undertake decisions affecting the quality and accessibility of culture and arts.