Since the term was coined in 1982 by DiMaggio to describe how the elites in Boston in the 19th century set the standards for arts and culture in the US, cultural entrepreneurship has become a conceptual attractor encompassing such diverse fields as economics, identity studies, creativity, artistic practices and the transformation of classical cultural institutions. Whereas EU policies and some national policies have been particularly concerned with the economic aspects of cultural entrepreneurship, cultural entrepreneurship as a phenomenon tends to appear in a much broader set of circumstances and processes such as both intended and unintended urban development, community building and rural development, new forms of artistic practices and interventions and modes of consumption.
Without jumping to conclusions, it seems that cultural entrepreneurship is a productive framework for understanding fundamental changes in the production, dissemination and consumption of arts and culture, which in turn also raises questions as to what value is and how value is made sense of in different (cultural) settings. The cultural entrepreneurship cluster seeks to explore this emergent field by organising cross disciplinary encounters between researchers and practitioners with the overall aim of better understanding how cultural entrepreneurship is practiced, taught and researched.
Cluster leader: assistant professor, Søren Friis Møller