Arts and Culture Resources India (ACRI), is a space for knowledge exchange, information sharing, networking, and learning for cultural and creative industry professionals in India.
As creative professionals ourselves, back in 2013, we realised that while sharing and learning of artistic practice had several avenues, a space for arts administration was missing in India. ACRI was founded as a completely volunteer-led initiative to fill this gaping lacuna within the arts scene in the country, albeit as a Facebook group, Arts and Culture Opportunities, Residencies, Workshops, Jobs in India.
We have come a long way in the last six years, and the page now enjoys a strong online presence with over 52,000 members, and our cultural community continues to grow.
With the intent of taking these online interactions offline, and to address the need for a robust system of arts administration, one which is more structured and focused, we at ACRI conceptualised and initiated our Culture Meets in cities across India. These meets are events that aim to engage cultural professionals in tangible ways through networking sessions, upskilling workshops, presentations of research and non-artistic, industry-facing work, and capacity building initiatives.
Learn more about our city-specific Chapters here.
Our city-based Chapters are curated sessions dedicated to understanding the needs and localising the development of an arts administration system and network within the city. The sessions aim to maintain a focus on training, peer learning, and fostering professional networks within the creative community for the management of the arts, and to provide a strong offline platform for cultural professionals across India.
With our ACRI Chapters we hope to address the cultural ecosystem across disciplines including but not limited to music, dance, theatre, film, photography, visual arts, museums, conservation and heritage management, publishing, gaming, design, literature, crafts, arts services, arts education, fashion, and architecture. With a firm focus on arts administration, the calendar of events will make all reasonable attempts to be inclusive across these disciplines instead of working with a narrow focus on one or a few sub-sectors.
Run by the Art X Company, ACRI's Mumbai Chapter was the first to kick off. This one is characterised by boozy evenings and lots of laughs.
Nomadic, a little bit nerdy, and super chill - is how one would describe our Bengaluru Chapter. Run by the Art X Company's BLR team lead, this city chapter was the second to land.
Pune saw ACRI's third Chapter emerge. This one is all about deep conversations and talking circles, and run by
TIFA Working Studios.