competencies; staff (cadres) of culture; knowledge; wisdom; usefulness
"Dyskursy Młodych Andragogów" (T. 17, 2016, s. 229-245)
The changes that occurred in the cultural sector have affected its significant tissue – professionals who work in different areas of that sector. A strong emphasis put on a permanent increase of competences of culture staff (identified and equalled with professional development) has become a particular manifestation of this trend during the last decade. The stronger is a conviction (the European and world market have) about the economical value of the so called “culture and creative industry”, the stronger is the pressure. Following this tendency a lot of training proposals addressed to the staff of culture institutions and culture organizations appear in the educational market. The results of research (2013-2015) on competencies (both those expected and present) of the professionals in culture raise concern. The anxiety comes from a conviction that what is important and valuable in culture is being gradually replaced by the categories of usefulness, effectiveness, temporariness and profitability. This paper is an attempt to enrich the discourse in the field with balancing ideas.