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Art as a means towards alleviating social exclusion: does it really work?

The next paper (Created by Eleonora Belfiore from the University of Warwick in 2002) talks about the contribution that the arts can make towards alleviating the symptoms of ‘social exclusion’ (a shift from the previously dominant concept of ‘poverty). One of the most interesting recent developments of British cultural policy is that debates on possible ways to tackle social exclusion and debates on the role of the subsidized arts in society.

As indicated in the paper, in UK “The arts are therefore officially recognised to have a positive contribution to make to social inclusion and neighbourhood renewal by improving communities’ ‘performance’ in the four key indicators identified by the government: health, crime, employment, education (DCMS 1999a, 21-22). Moreover their very contribution to tackling social problems is identified as a justification for public ‘investment’ in the arts.

"Culture is not a means to an end. It is an end itself. Many attempts have been made to demonstrate that culture is a peculiarly successful means of promoting social cohesion, inclusion or regeneration, but they miss the point if they regard culture as one means to social regeneration among various possible others. To borrow the words of Lewis Biggs, ex curator at the Tate of the North, Liverpool: ‘Culture is a successful regenerator because it is an end in itself: the activity is inseparable from the achievement’ (Biggs 1996, 62)."

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Complete paper: http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/53047/1/WRAP_Belfiore_Social%20Inclusion%202002%20WRAP.pdf

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Trying to find something new? AntiCafé it’s your choice

Only 5 minuts away from the metro station Châtelet-Les Halles…

This place works with the concept of time (you only pay for the time you spend there), while you’re there you have unlimited coffee, tea, snacks and free Internet. Equipment such as a projector, printer, scanner and even board games are available and free for you to use. In addition, you can bring in your own food, beer, or wine.

Their goal: To create a place that would be as convenient as possible for everyone. AntiCafé is not a restaurant but a shared space designed for work and fun, giving you the feeling of being home. Also this place is a community, a great place for networking and finding like-minded people who fight for the same cause: improvement.

Check out the calendar with the upcoming events and, if it’s your first time there, enjoy free 30 minutes to know the place. http://anticafe.fr/image

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Be your real YOU

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Sean McCabe    |    http://seanwes.com

As a kid I thought I was pretty strange. I always found myself drawing letter forms throughout middle school and high school. My homework was littered with typographic illustrations. The artistic friends I had all seemed to draw cartoons, or paint still life, but for some odd reason I was drawn to letters. I just really enjoyed hand lettering.

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Back in Monterrey, relax in the Café Tierra Libre

You can seat on a cushion, a puff or couch… grab a book from the shelf, talk with some friends or look around to the pictures from temporary exhibitions.

This coffee is a very special place lost in the middle of the city, there you can discover a place for all of those who need a moment outside the city noise (and just 2 minutes away from the downtown park: Macroplaza).  

The menu offers delicious coffees, teas, smoothies with fresh fruits, and a lot of delicious and healthy meals to satisfy your cravings. Be ready to pay really affordable prices for quality food!.

And, as if that was not enough, this coffee supports artist to display their various galleries and to sell their products, totally great choice to spend a good moment.

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Images: https://www.facebook.com/cafetierralibre

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TV5MONDE : Le café

A very interesting chapter, by TV5Monde, about the universe of coffee in La Caféothèque.

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And now: La Caféothèque de Paris, ¡enjoy!

This store, located in front of Notre Dame at the 4th district of Paris, respects the « art of drinking coffee” by all means. Not only you can find high quality coffee beans from around the world but also you can enjoy from their 3 tasting spaces.

In the calm interior garden, with a living wall of tropical plants, you can have an expresso, cappuccino, latte, a delicious chocolate or the special selection of teas. There’s also a sales area which has 25 coffees from various regions of the world. Another place is dedicated to “Caféologie” and the coffee trades.

Finally la Caféothèque it’s also a cultural space with art exhibitions, music recitals, singing, poetry, theme nights, etc. The association L’Attitude Caféto, with Christina Chirouze as cultural mediator, organizes concerts and exhibitions that give an artistic dimension to this space.

The important thing here is to have fun with family or friends and have a good time over a cup. 

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Some images from the official site: http://www.lacafeotheque.com/

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Collectif Culture Bar-Bars

The french group founded in 2004, aims to inform, promote and defend their institutions as venues of cultural diffusion. 

It’s an association of all kinds of bars and bistrots (their audience and artists also) that fights to defend: their professiond and the passion with wich it is exercised, their companies as venues of cultural diffusion and an alternative to the institutional culture. 

Today, the association has over 400 members locations throughout the country.

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