Dom mladih & Multimedijalni kulturni centar Split
cultural center (arts and other cultural activities)
public institution (governed by public law), established in 1997 by the City of Split
The Multimedia Cultural Centre Split (MKC Split) is an institution founded by the City of Split in 1997.Its activities – as stated in the Articles of Statute – to organize, produce and promote cultural programs in the fields of visual arts, music and performing arts, film and video, literary creation, entertainment, and recreational activities. MKC’s role is also to cooperate with other organizations, associations, and creative individuals in co-organizing cultural, art, and interdisciplinary programs, aimed primarily at the younger population, and to be a platform for supporting non-institutional culture. When selecting programs, apart from being guided by program quality, programs promoting urban culture and youth culture have an advantage regardless of whether they are musical, staged, visual art, lectures, forums, or workshops. Currently, the Multimedia Cultural Centre Split is extremely concerned to regenerate the unfinished building of the Youth Centre (Dom mladih) and to include as many citizens as possible, particularly young people, in its programs.
- The MKC is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees. Decisions are made according to a majority of votes by Board members present.
- The Director is the manager of the MKC. The Director is appointed through an open competition advertised and carried out by the Board of Trustees.
- Artistic programs are managed by program managers, the Gallery board and a Program board consisting of artists and cultural professionals.
- Organizations using Dom mladih (the Youth Center) as their workspace have their own management and a free hand in their own decision-making, as long as it is in accordance with the Youth Centre’s working guidelines (promoting urban culture and youth culture and contemporary and recent cultural production).
Venue/s / resources:
Dom mladih offers a venue with two stages (small and big auditoria with 380+500 seats), a spacious and well-equipped 500 m2 gallery space, dancing floor, and a number of other spaces used by other stakeholders: The International New Film and Video Festival, Cinema Club Split, drama and ballet studios for young people, stage dancing groups, a skateboard club, a free climbing club… The cellar is home to a club stage and most of the activities carried out by the so-called coalition of youth associations.
Presently, MKC employs only seven permanent staff (director, film program manager, visual art program manager, expert adviser for programming activities, secretary, and technician). However, they use the additional services of many more people in order to realize the program.
Budget: less than €100,000.
Co-productions: Our co-production model depends on the profile of the program. We provide space and support for performances, exhibitions, and similar events free of charge, including all the technical and managerial “logistics” for other organizations, and we provide “all-inclusive” treatment for artists who perform/exhibit in our organization. These artists are selected in an open competition advertised once a year.
Hosting: Although we donate our venues for free, users often pay their own running costs, because our funds are very limited. On several occasions year, when programs are very good yet insufficiently funded, we make a financial contribution.
International collaboration: We have applied to join the BJCEM network, and we host exhibitions of foreign artists, usually via our open competition or connections with the Art Academy.
Participation: We host and organize workshops. Most participants in the Youth Center’s activities work with groups of young people on an everyday basis.
Gathering citizens: MKC as a public institution is rarely involved in campaigns and similar events, but organizations and users of Dom mladih, the building we coordinate and manage, are often the initiators of such activities. Our support for their work (free working space, no charge for electricity, water, or cleaning, occasional financial support to their programs) is our form of activism.
Neighborhood: We have good relations with our district council regarding local matters, but we do not have common programs.
Municipality: Relations with the local Department for Culture are good. Representatives of the City of Split at higher levels are mostly uninterested.
Advocacy / activism: Not directly as an institution, rather as a platform for alternative culture which is often very involved in social and cultural activism.