Prof. Michele Trimarchi, PhD
Professor of Public Economics (Magna Graecia University, Catanzaro), Cultural Economics (IUAV, Venezia) and Arts Management (IED, Firenze)
President and Founder – Tools for Culture
Professor of Public Economics (Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro), Michele teaches Cultural Economics (IUAV in Venice) and Arts Management (IED in Florence). Ha also teaches in many Postgraduate courses on Cultural Economics and Policy. In the past years Michele has taught at the Universities of Messina, Florence, Tuscia in Viterbo, IULM in Milan, Bologna, Italian Switzerland in Lugano. He has given lectures and presented papers in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, Jordan, India, Indonesia, South Korea, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, San Marino. He has participated, as economic expert, to projects of international cultural cooperation for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and UNESCO (Jordan and Syria, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Balkan Area, Guatemala, Uganda).
He has been member of the executive board of the Italian Association for Cultural Economics (1997-2009), of the Association for Cultural Economics International (2001-2006), of the editorial board of the Italian journal “Economia della Cultura” (1998-2009). He has served in the Commission for international loans of artworks (Ministry for Culture, 2006), in the Commission for reporting on Creativity and Cultural Industry in Italy (Ministry for Culture, 2007-2008), and in the Commission for evaluating the Management Plans of the Italian Unesco sites (Ministry for Culture, 2008-2009). Michele has been member of the International Jury of the “New Signs” award (2003), of the Business and Culture award (2007), and of the Commissions for the selection of the Director of the Siena Museums Foundation, and of the Muses’ Theatre Foundation in Ancona. He has been the scientific co-ordinator of the research team on Creativity in the Lombardia Region (2008), and he has been member of the Commission for the Future of Roma (2009). He has coordinated the research team on the Creative and Cultural Industry in the Emilia-Romagna Region (2018), and on the strategic plan of the Coliseum Archaeological Park, and the UNESCO plan of the Caserta Royal Palace (2022).
He has been President of the Public Theatre of Abruzzo (2008-2009), and Vice-President of the Teatro Comunale, opera house in Bologna (2015-2020). He has been economic consultant for the Emilia-Romagna Region (introduction of new criteria for funding the arts, based upon performance indicators), the Basilicata Region (draft of new regulations on the performing arts), the Network of Regional Secretaries for Culture (elaboration of criteria for the inter-jurisdictional transfer of funds), the Bolzano Municipality (draft of the management plan of the new Municipal Theatre, and comparative evaluation of the location of the Museion-Contemporary Art Museum), the Genova Municipality (draft of the management plan for the inclusion of the Rolli Palaces in the UNESCO World Heritage List), with the Catanzaro Province (organisational structure of the Scolacium archaeological park), with the Sicilian Region (communication plan of the Contemporary Art Museum-Palazzo Belmonte Riso). In 2009 Michele founded Tools for Culture, a nonprofit active in the field of strategic advice, research and education for the arts and culture; since 2014 he is also scientific director of Art Files, a company active in cultural projects crafting for public, nonprofit and private organisations and institutions.