- BASA Research Colloquium
Villa Arcadia, Hollard Campus, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa
New York based Laura Callanan is the founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab, a three-year initiative connecting the arts, impact investing and social entrepreneurship to create more opportunities for artist innovators to deliver social impact at scale. Prior to launching Upstart, Callanan was senior deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. As scholar in residence at UC-Berkeley/Haas School of Business, she authored three important business school case studies featuring artist social entrepreneurs.
Among her many other roles and achievements, Callanan has taught on topics of social innovation as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business since 2009. She is a frequent speaker at leading social sector conferences and delivered a keynote address The Surprise Social Entrepreneur and curated an arts overlay for SoCap13. Callanan was recently named to The Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50, which recognises social sector leaders in the U.S. Callanan’s visit to South Africa has been supported by the US Embassy.
The Artstrack Research launched in early 2000 showed that the majority of funding through the Arts had come from CSI, but this quickly shifted to Marketing Budgets, affording the arts a different opportunity. Post the 2008 economic crisis, the BASA Strategy evolved in order to focus on more systemic change in the environment. A stronger focus was placed on the Growth or Skills Development Programme for the Arts Sector, as well as growing Arts Based Intelligence in, and Research for, the Corporate World. The Research addresses nearly two decades of partnerships offering insight into business and arts relationships.
Presentations in the style of the successful Pecha Kucha will be made by diverse businesses that have successfully engaged with the arts in a partnership of true shared value. Companies will share their stories of best practice through CSI, Marketing, HR, BBBEE and Transformation.
This session will include speakers from different tiers of government, as well as from public funded institutions. The discussions will highlight the benefits of Public Private Partnerships and how these partnerships impact the corporate and creative sector.
The rising interest in partnering across the African continent provides strong opportunities for corporates to determine their value through cultural intelligence and cultural diplomacy.
In 2017 BASA celebrated its 20th Year as an organisation, with the hosting of diverse events and cultural offerings. Over 20 years, BASA has evolved, and continues to address the challenges of South Africa. The organisation strives to be both resilient and agile in its engagement with the broader sector and economy.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) NPC is an internationally recognised South African development agency with a suite of integrated programmes implemented nationally and internationally. BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, securing the future development of the arts sector in South Africa and contributing to corporate success through Shared Value. BASA was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector as a public/private partnership.
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