MUSIC AND SUSTAINABILITY: A look from Latin America and from education.
BY: Julián Montaña, Dean of the School of Arts and Music – Universidad Sergio Arboleda – Colombia.
As a sector we have a pending task: to understand the role that music as a social fact or product – within the framework of the creative and cultural industries – can have in a context of crisis such as the one we are currently experiencing, which includes, of course, both the ravages we have experienced due to the pandemic and those that have historically afflicted it, as well as parallel and deep-rooted problems in areas that go beyond the boundaries of the discipline, including job insecurity, the deterioration of emotional health in society, climate change, poverty, illiteracy and equity and equality.
This talk is an introduction to the role of music in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the UN and in the 2030 Plan. It is also a reflection on how an awareness of global citizenship can benefit the artistic and cultural sector and the discipline, by leading us to carry out actions within the framework of sustainability that focus on broad issues with impacts on scale.
Julian Montaña Rodriguez
Julián Montaña is a manager of culture and arts education, researcher and musician. He is passionate about creating projects, finding solutions to problems in the fields in which he intervenes, and working with and for others. He has dedicated his professional career to researching Colombia’s musical memory in classical music, to the design and consolidation of cultural and educational projects, and to the training of new generations of musicians in the South American country. Musicologist and pianist, Julián is currently the dean of the School of Arts and Music of La Sergio, the performing arts faculty of the Sergio Arboleda University in Bogotá, where he leads training projects at different levels, sustainability and corporate social responsibility from the arts, and academic and artistic events of impact. He has worked in different cultural entities in Colombia, among them, the National University of Colombia, the Salvi Foundation and the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theater. He is the author of 6 research publications on chamber music by renowned Colombian composers.