The Observatory of Cultural Diversity (Observatório da Diversidade Cultural – ODC) is a non- governmental organization that develops programs for collaborative actions among cultural managers, artists, art educators, cultural operators and researchers. The aim is to produce information and knowledge, generate experiences and experiments while working on the challenges of protecting and promoting cultural diversity. ODC seeks to build educational, cultural and managerial skills, encourage and conduct research and innovative practices in addition to providing mediation experiences in the field of Cultural Diversity – understood as a structuring element of collective identities open to dialogue and mutual respect.
There are four guidelines of the ODC:
Production and provision of information focused on policies, programs and cultural projects through publications and the ODC portal, updated weekly, and The Network for Cultural Diversity – a collective and collaborative action among participants of the formative processes in the areas of Management and Cultural Diversity.
Development of the work program “Thinking and Acting with Culture”, that trains and updates cultural managers, with a special emphasis on Cultural Diversity. Since 2003 seminars, workshops and specialization courses have been taking place with the aim of training the agents who work in formal and informal circuits of education, communication and art education for effective, creative and transforming work with culture and its diversity.
Development, guidance and participation in surveys and mappings on Cultural Diversity and aspects of cultural management.
Consultations providing advice to public institutions, businesses, and non- governmental organizations regarding areas of culture, diversity and cultural management.
Since its founding, the ODC has been working in partnership with the following institutions:
PUC Minas – Programa de Pós Graduação em Comunicação Social
UEMG – Faculdade de Políticas Públicas
UFBA – Universidade Federal da Bahia
REDEPCult – Rede de Pesquisadores em Políticas Culturais
Escritório da UNESCO no Brasil
Ministério da Cultura
Secretaria de Estado de Cultura de Minas Gerais
Fundação Municipal de Cultura de Belo Horizonte
Circuito Cultural Praça da Liberdade
Departamento Regional do Sesc em Minas Gerais
Departamento Regional do Sesc em São Paulo
Observatório Itaú Cultural
IPEA – Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica e Aplicada
Fundação Garibaldi Brasil
FAPEMIG – Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa de Minas Gerais
Fundação Clóvis Salgado
Instituto Cultural Usiminas
Rede U40 Brasil