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Friday, December 02, 2011


CULTURE Friday, December 02, 2011 ARTS COUNCIL OF MONGOLIA The Arts Council of Mongolia: The Year

The Arts Council of Mongolia: The Year That Was

Since its foundation in 2002, the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) expanded

its capacity to serve the cultural interests

of Mongolia each year in ways that were

unimaginable seven years ago. The ACM has earned visibility and respect, both in the

arts, the cultural sector, and in the broader community. It has also built close relationships with the government of Mongolia with local and international organizations. ACM’s ability to deliver on its mission depends on financial sustainability and the organization has kept up its performance

on that front. As of November 30, 2011, the

ACM had raised approximately US $502,087 for the current fiscal year. Advocacy, Arts Education, Cultural Heritage and Artist Development were again the key program areas of the organization, and this year were added to by the new Development program. With a focus on developing arts and cultural practice, the Artist Development Program worked with artists and managers on grant proposals to the OSI (Soros Foundation) Arts and Culture Network Program (ACNP), and was successful in receiving two grants totaling US

$23,670 for public arts events and travel. This allowed support for two projects: Tumen Ekh national dance and song Ensemble for their presentation of Mongolian Biyilgee Dance,

a vibrant representation of contemporary

society (US $13,720); and the Department of

Management and Humanitarian Sciences at the School of Civilization, Mongolian University

of Culture and Arts, “Creative industries and

contemporary humanities as a resource for regional development” (US$9,950). This was achieved through a weekly mentoring program which was launched in 2011 to help individuals with their applications. This year, the Artist Development

Program built the capacity of over 180 artists, arts cultural managers and students through many different training opportunities and specific projects. ACM continued the fourth edition of its Fellowship program with the assistance

of ACM-US. This program aims to enhance

leadership and management skills and promote collaboration and networking abilities of 15 emerging young leaders. A new feature of this objective was the second phase of the Young

Leaders in Art program with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing to build

a sustainable and viable network of young

emerging art administrators. This resulted in four graduates of the program travelling to Norway in November to participate in the Oslo World Music Festival. The fourth ‘Nomadic Arts Residency Program’ was also held in conjunction with

the Arts Council of Korea, and saw six Korean

and six Mongolian visual artists collaborate

on new artistic concepts and visual & media installations.

In 2011, the program sustained its support to promote educational and international exchange opportunities for emerging young filmmakers and photographers. The Goethe Institute (GI) andACM signed a memorandum

of understanding to promote cultural dialogue,

understanding, and exchanges between Mongolia and Germany for the period 2011-

2013. Within this partnership, GI, Alliance Francaise de Mongolie and ACM organized

a four-day ‘Film Script Writing Workshop’

partnering with the University of Television and Film in Munch, Germany and the Black Box Theatre for 25 young emerging film script writers. An important highlight of the year was the participation of 11 emerging arts students of Culture Institute at FOMGED–International Ankara Youth Festival in May, with the support of TIKA-Turkish International

Cooperation and Development Agency. This festival aimed to promote the traditional arts and mutual understanding among the 22 different countries represented. A very special feature for 2011 was “Carmen Suite”, a musical performance by Bizet-Schedrin-Jantsannorov. This was organized in collaboration with the Morin Khuur and Percussion Ensembles with support

of the Tavan Bogd Group and Khan Bank and

reached an audience of 1500 people, bringing

an outstanding quality of artistic excellence to

Ulaanbaatar. Another important highlight of the program was the tour of Tono, a modern dance performance by Red Sky, Canada,

in partnership with the Canadian Embassy.

ACM provided organizational support for

the tour to promote the indigenous cultures

of the two countries. Thanks to the creative

cultures of the two countries. Thanks to the creative ‘Carmen suite’ performance at Central Cultural Palace

‘Carmen suite’ performance at Central Cultural Palace

‘Carmen suite’ performance at Central Cultural Palace Chinggis Khaan an Exhibition at National Museum of Mongolia

Chinggis Khaan an Exhibition at National Museum of Mongolia

partnership with donors and local media the performance reached more than 1000 live audience members and more than 500,000 TV viewers. During the year, ACM started a partnership with the Asia Europe Foundation on the inclusion of the Mongolian cultural policy profile in the World Cultural Policy Compendium. ACM contracted PhD Professor J.Dolgorsuren, head of the Cultural Studies Department of the Arts and Culture University to develop a cultural policy profile for Mongolia. ACM continued to produce the “Arts network” TV program with the collaboration of Mongolian National Public Television. Each episode aims to provide a platform for critical discussion of arts and cultural issues; to promote critical thinking and evaluation of the arts; and to increase engagement with and access to arts and culture. So far, ACM has produced several episodes on the issues of “Intangible heritage”, “Classical art”, “City culture”, “Fine art” etc. In May, with support from the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, the TV crew produced five episodes of the “Arts Network” from Norway and Sweden which were aired beginning in October 2011. In the future, ACM plans to raise funds to produce the “Arts network” from other countries. Arts Education was again a top priority for ACM, and the program continued to expand both locally and internationally. The new strategic achievement of the program was to successfully implement the “Art for Change” after school program to provide creativity, life skills and self-confidence of school children and to build the capacity of school teachers and enhance partnership among schools and culture organizations. Through this program, ACM reached 420 children and involved 42 teachers and social workers from 7 Bayankhoshuu and Tolgoit schools of the Songinokhairkhan district. With the support of the Tuguldur Foundation, ACM published 1000 copies of the “Visual Art Education” teacher’s handbook, which was developed, based on

visual art formal education standards and includes creative teaching methodology, broad knowledge and information for visual art teachers. This project will greatly benefit art teachers and will promote visual art and aesthetics education in Mongolia. ACM has distributed this handbook to 750 secondary schools and related institutes and universities with the collaboration of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. One of the projects of the arts education program was a study on aiming to define the current role of cultural heritage and arts education in formal and informal education at the secondary school level and the role of arts education in the field of education, arts and culture sector. In this regard, ACM is conducting the “Road to Change” arts education study to identify recent situations and challenges of arts education, and will be carried out with the support of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO. ‘Culture Naadam’took place for the fourth time and again promoted nomadic culture and traditions to local and international audiences. Reaching more than 10,000 visitors over two days, it will be sustained in the coming years. Other projects that were implemented in 2011 were the “We can, we are Talented” video art training for the fourth year running. This program has given young people the opportunity to express themselves through participatory video trainings with the support of the Turkish Embassy and World Vision Mongolia-Tolgoit ADP. ACM’s Cultural Heritage Program aims to support the preservation of Mongolia’s unique cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. In 2011, the program focused on assisting Mongolian museums in management development and capacity building; safeguarding heritage sites; and transmitting knowledge of traditional heritage to young generations. The feature of the Cultural heritage program for 2011 was “Chinggis Khaan an exhibition” organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Culture & Science, the National Museum of Mongolia and “Exhibitrex Dinodon” Inc. The exhibition displayed over 150 objects that relate to Chinggis khaan and the Great Empire. Objects were provided by the National Museum of Mongolia, Military Museum, State Library, Kharkhorum Museum and also local and international collectors. This exhibition presented a unique design and complex media content in Mongolia for the first time. During the last 3 months, over 7000 people visited the exhibition. Since 2009, ACM has been implementing the US Embassy funded “Amarbayasgalant Monastery Preservation” project. During 2010 – 2011, within the framework of the project’s second phase, work drawings for the re-wiring of all 28 temples of the monastery were conducted with an up-to-date professional computer program. Last August an electrical company was selected to re-wire the complex. ACM would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all supporters, funding bodies, board members, program partners and project participants who have helped make 2011 such a successful year. The organization is looking forward to a host of equally exciting and fruitful projects in 2012 that will continue to see art and culture thrive in Mongolia.

will continue to see art and culture thrive in Mongolia. The ACM would like to thank

The ACM would like to thank our donors and project sponsors for their generous support in 2011*

ACM donor, Partner & Member list 2011

Project donors:



• Arts Council Korea

• Embassy of Canada

• Embassy of Turkey, TIKA

• Erdene Mongol Co. Ltd

• Ministry of Education Culture and Science

• National Commission of UNESCO in Mongolia

• Norwegian Embassy in Beijing

• Open Society Foundations-ACP

• US Embassy in Mongolia

• World Vision Mongolia


• Alexander Molyneux

• Asia Europe Foundation


• Khan Bank

• MCS Asia Pacific Brewery Co. Ltd

• MCS Coca Cola Co. Ltd

• Mongol American Cultural Association

• Tavan Bogd Co. Ltd

• Tuguldur Foundation

• Tserendolgor E.

• UNESCO Office in Beijing

• XAC Bank

ACM organization Members:

ACM Golden benefactor (10,000-


• NewCom, LLC

ACM Patron (1,000-4,999USD)

• Eznis Airways Co. Ltd. (in kind)

• Mongolia Opportunities Partners

• Nomadic Expeditions LLC

• Oriflame LLC (in kind)

• Sunny Mongolia Today (in kind)

• Xanadu Fine Wines (in kind)

ACM Sponsor (500-999USD)

• Air Trans Co. Ltd.

• Embassy of France

• Monre Impex Co. Ltd.

• Tseren Tours Co .Ltd.

• Munkhiin Useg Co. Ltd (in kind)

ACM Individual Members:

ACM Golden Benefactor


• Chung IL

• Peter Morrow

• Tsagaan P.

ACM Sustainer (450,000-999,999MNT)

• Aaron Schneider

• Christopher Thompson

* Listed the funding above 1000USD by the amount of donation

**as of November 30, 2011

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