Monica Urian de Sousa is the Programme Manager at the European Commission – Directorate General Education and Culture – responsible for the ‘audience development’ priority within the Creative Europe Programme – Culture. In addition, Monica is in charge of the EU Prize for contemporary architecture/ Mies van der Rohe award, the EU Prize for cultural heritage/ Europa Nostra award and the European Heritage Days, a joint action with the Council of Europe.
Monica Urian de Sousa was one of the organisers of the 2012 EU Conference ”European Audiences: beyond 2020” (see pdf publication of the event). Before joining the European Commission, Monica worked at ‘ARTketing’ – a research center in marketing for arts, culture and media from Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
About the Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission
The Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) is the executive branch of the European Union responsible for policy on education, culture, youth, languages, and sport. DG EAC also supports these issues through a variety of projects and programmes, notably Creative Europe and Erasmus+. It is led by a Commissioner, Tibor Navracsics, and a Director General, Xavier Prats Monné, who report to the European Parliament.
DG EAC manages the Creative Europe Programme, which finances hundreds of programmes in support of artists, actors, and musicians, among others. The aim of DG EAC’s activities on culture is to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, culture as a catalyst for creativity, and European culture as a vital part of external relations.