Koalisi Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Arts Coalition) is an incorporated association legitimized by the Government of Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights on January 16, 2013, with the decree no. AHU-06.AH-01-07 year 2013.
Artists and art communities established the Arts Coalition as they realized the need to an umbrella organization for them. The vision of the Arts Coalition is to bring a healthier arts ecosystem into reality through enabling public policies. Meanwhile, its missions are policy advocacy in the arts sector, advocating for an arts endowment fund and strengthening management of knowledge and networks between its members.
The establishment of the coalition was initiated in 2010. Kelola Foundation (Yayasan Kelola), with the support of Hivos, held an initial meeting in Bogor, West Java, on April 5-6, 2010. This meeting was attended by 21 individuals and groups who agreed to continue the effort to form the desired umbrella organization. The second meeting took place in Yogyakarta in May 4-5, 2010, which resulted in the formulation of a more concrete work program for the development of the planned organization.
The next meeting in Bandung, West Java on June 21-22, 2010, led to agreement on a name for the organization and the membership of the Steering Committee, which was assigned to facilitate formation of the Arts Coalition as a legal body. The following meeting took place in Jakarta on March 19, 2011. This gathering discussed the formulation of the Organization Charter and Bylaws which had been agreed upon Steering Committee. It was also agreed that Koalisi Seni must be introduced to as many people in the arts as possible to ensure a large membership. Up to July 2019, 233 individuals and organizations from 19 provinces are members of the Arts Coalition.
The Working Meeting for the Establishment of the Arts Coalition in Jakarta on May 3, 2012, discussed the intent to develop the organization into a facilitator for the development of the arts in Indonesia. As an umbrella organization, the Arts Coalition is expected to function as a facilitator for the realization of the determined goals already agreed upon as the organization’s mission. This Working Meeting also ratified the Arts Coalition’s article of association and elected the members of its Executive Board and Supervisory Board for the period of 2012-2015. Since then, the Arts Coalition has been active in mobilizing and managing knowledge and resources, advocating for public policies for arts and networking.
Until 2019, the Arts Coalition has implemented various activities to advance the arts ecosystem. Among others, the coalition has socialized the Government Regulation PP. no. 93/2010 about tax incentive for arts and cultural donation, implemented Cultural Hotspots in 4 regions in Eastern Indonesia in 2015-2017, advocated the Cultural Bill draft into Law no. 5/2017 about Advancement of Culture and pushed forward philanthropy for arts and culture through the Philanthropy Cluster for Arts and Culture. The Arts Coalition had also been involved in the preparation and implementation of Bincang Musik (Musical Talks) in the 2018 Indonesian Music Conference in Ambon, actively participated in the development of Indonesian Cultural Strategy through various Pre-Cultural Congress fora and published the Impacts of Arts in Communities to raise public support for arts and culture. The Arts Coalition has also been actively advocating for the Arts Endowment Fund.
In parallel, as part of its advocacy efforts, the Arts Coalition is also active in studies and research related to arts and cultural policy. Among others: study on Ministry of Education and Culture and Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy budget management in 2014; study on arts funding in Brazil, Australia and United States of America; research on Arts Organizations in 8 Cities in Indonesia in 2015; and research about Arts for Critical Thinking Method – a Case Study of Mari Berbagi Seni (Let’s Share Arts) in 2018.
This list will continue to grow until the Arts Coalition’s vision is realized.
Koalisi Seni Indonesia’s Supervisory Board and Executive Board for 2018-2021
Koalisi Seni Indonesia’s Secretariat Team
Program Manager: Retha Dungga
Coordinator for Policy Advocacy: Hafez Gumay
Arts and Culture Policy Researcher: Annayu Maharani
Coordinator for Knowledge Management: Oming Putri
Coordinator for Music Ecosystem Program: Reisky Handika
Program Assistant: Danya Sjadzali
Communications Manager: Bunga Manggiasih
Communications Specialist: Eduard Lazarus
Creative Communications Specialist: Amalia Ikhlasanti
Financial Manager: Ratna Dwi Puspitasari
Accountant: Dian Nur Fitria
Secretariat and General Affairs: Nur Fitriana