Katapult x ArtNexus is a newfound partnership between AGBU’s Katapult Creative Accelerator Program and ArtNexus Sweden. The primary goal of this collaboration is to bolster cultural policy in Armenia by incorporating Swedish strategies while also expanding resources and opportunities to cultural practitioners.
The ArtNexus project aims to support [Armenian and Swedish] creatives and state actors by fostering exchange across the two countries. Through this initiative, both nations can mutually benefit from sharing insights, experiences, and expertise in the cultural domain.
ArtNexus is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and part of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. To learn more about ArtNexus:
ArtNexus - Swedish Arts Grants Committee (konstnarsnamnden.se)
The following are events hosted by Katapult x ArtNexus:
March 4-6, 2023
The Katapult Creative Retreat hosted an Intellectual Property (IP) workshop with the goal of assisting Armenia’s creative professionals with gaining substantive, transactional, and litigational knowledge and skills in the field of IP. Throughout the workshop, 16 lawyers received training, 15 creative cases were provided with consultation, and 29 case studies were examined.
April 29, 2023
“Intellectual Property and the Challenges of Technology”
This Global IP Forum brought together businesses, the legal community, the scientific community, government officials, and individuals interested in intellectual property [rights] and technology. The forum discussed the latest trends, strategies, and innovations in intellectual property . It hosted six panels and masterclasses with 20 guest speakers, and 120 participants.
The IP Global Forum was organised with the "Association of Armenian Intellectual Property Lawyers" NGO and was included in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) list of events taking place around the world on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day.
At Katapult, we connect Armenia's Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) sector through three key initiatives. First, our multi-stakeholder committee, comprising representatives from relevant ministries and the European Delegation, fosters comprehensive collaboration and targeted focus. Second, we are actively working towards creating a cutting-edge Citizen Platform for the CCI sector, already making significant progress with a comprehensive strategy and impactful branding approach. Third, our data-driven research, including in-depth focus group discussions, an economic study, and national surveys, provides valuable insights to fuel the growth and development of the CCI sector. Moreover, we strive to build healthy relationships between the government and artists, creating an ecosystem of mutual support and encouragement. Through collaboration, innovation, and research, we are dedicated to propelling the CCI sector in Armenia towards excellence.
Multi Stakeholder Committee:
Within the program, a multi-stakeholder committee meeting was established, comprising 34 members from the Ministries of the Economy, High Tech, Education, Culture, Science and Sport, as well as the European Delegation. Three working committees were formed to address various aspects of the program.
One of the primary goals of the program is to create a Citizen Platform for the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) sector. This platform will serve as a valuable resource to support and promote the CCI sector. During the first year, significant progress has been made, including the development of a comprehensive CCI platform strategy and the design of an effective branding strategy.
The Katapult Creative Accelerator Program is characterized by its data-driven approach. As part of this commitment, we conducted the first-ever extensive research for the CCI sector in Armenia. This extensive research included the following key components:
- 19 focus group discussions involving the CCI sector and related enabling sectors, with a total of 200 participants.
- 1 in-depth economic study on the CCI sector.
- 1 national survey with 400 responses, providing valuable insights into the sector's dynamics and challenges.
- 1 survey targeting informal individuals involved in the CCI sector.
This research initiative has yielded essential data and knowledge that will inform our strategies and decision-making processes to further enhance the growth and development of the CCI sector in Armenia.