Cultural mediation develops, but creates few jobs

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Commemoration concert of the centenary of the First World War, "The Lights of Peace", by the Catalan artist Muma, in Melun, launched at the initiative of the departmental council of Seine et Marne.
Commemoration concert of the centenary of the First World War, "The Lights of Peace", by the Catalan artist Muma, in Melun, launched at the initiative of the departmental council of Seine et Marne. Christophe Lehenaff / Photononstop / Christophe Lehenaff / Photononstop

Cultural mediation? A "Paradox" for Jean-Pierre Saez, the director of the Cultural Policy Observatory (OPC), in Grenoble. Paradoxical that this function, essential to the smooth running of cultural institutions, but which hires little and at mediocre conditions for the requested level. Mediation "Faces both symbolic and statutory or managerial difficulties", observes the director of the OPC in his review, The Observatory, of winter 2018.

"There are too many students trained for mediation job opportunities. Céline Chanas, President of FEMS

A very diplomatic way to evoke a daily work sometimes difficult. First of all, in the field, the sector can not count the troops involved, let alone the proposed "jobs". "There are too many students trained for mediation job offers"says Céline Chanas, President of FEMS (Federation of Ecomuseums and Social Museums) and Director of the Museum of Brittany, Rennes. In its own structure – one of the largest among the 180 members of this federation – no one was hired in mediation in 2018, no one in 2017.

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Certainly, "The state and local government sponsors are in demand for cultural mediation, the artistic teams work a lot with them in this direction", says Louis Presset, delegate general of the Fevis (Federation of specialized vocal and instrumental ensembles) grouping 140 independent musical ensembles. But "We do not have the budget to hire trained mediation specialists".

The integration of young graduates is not easy. Morgane Gouzien, 27, cultural mediator in Toulouse, graduated in art history and mediation (master 2), connects the CDD. "Six in three years, she says. But I do not have to complain, I work. My colleagues suffer a lot more. For a precarious position, recruiters can receive up to 200 CVs. "

Very modest salaries

Everything depends also on the course carried out. According to Grenoble-Alpes University (UGA), in the last five years, 90% of the students in the "Communication and Culture of Science and Technology" course in the Master 2 "Information and Communication" were in post one year after obtaining their degree , of which 64% are at the executive level for a median income of 1,500 euros net per month.