The council discusses the long-term research and publishing strategies of the Arts Institute and comments on individual research projects. The council serves as a platform for the exchange of opinions and for sharing information on needs and trends in the area of research relating to cultural policy. The board meets at least once a year.
Viktor Debnár is a cultural manager and editor. He has been working at the ATI since 2005, and since 2003 he has been collaborating with Libri Prohibiti Library, which focuses on samizdat and exile literature. He co-authored Prague’s successful application to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature (2013/2014). He is a member of the Czech Ministry of Culture’s expert select committee for supporting projects in the field of literature (2017–2020) and he sits on the Council of the Czech Ministry of Culture’s for its Arts Festivals Programme (2017–2020). In the past he was a member of the Dramaturgical Council of the Czech Centres covering the field of literature (2013–2016) and he sat on the jury for the Czech State Award for Literature (2015−2017). He participated in the ATI research project ‘Mapping the Cultural and Creative Industries in the Czech Republic’ (2011–2015).
Jana Návratová is a journalist, editor, and cultural manager, a curator of dance and movement theatre, and a yoga teacher. She has been working with the ATI since 1989 as the institute’s expert on dance and has led various projects dedicated to dance. She is the chair of the administrative board of the Dance Career Endowment Fund and is the chair of the professional organisation Vize tance.
Lenka Dohnalová is a musicologist and a project manager and she is the Arts Institute’s expert on classical music. Since 1993 she has been the Secretary of the non-profit Czech Music Council. She coordinated the annual Year of Czech Music projects in 2004 and 2014 and the Martinů Revisited project in 2009. Up to 2017 she organised the Czech Republic’s involvement in international fairs (MIDEM, WOMEX). She leads the ATI’s research projects on music and she is the editor and co-author of the promotional materials on Czech music that the ATI publishes for international readers.
Eva Žáková works for the ATI, where she has been the head of the Creative Europe Desk Czech Republic – Culture Office programme of the European Union since 2003 and the head of the Arts Institute department since 2005. She specialises in the cultural and creative industries (she was the main coordinator of the project Mapping the Cultural and Creative Industries in the Czech Republic) and in cultural policy. She is a member of the Expert Evaluation Committee of the ÉTA Technological Agency of the Czech Republic.
Blanka Chládková is a teacher and is the head of the Theatre Production and Stage Technology Studio at the Theatre Faculty of Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno and supervises its study programmes. She specialises in management in the performing arts, strategic management, quality management and control procedures, cultural policy, and management in international cooperation. She is the assistant dean for the development of the Theatre Faculty and for international relations. She has participated in various projects focusing on analyses of cultural policy. She was a member of the administrative board of the international ENCATC network for six years. She is active within the Council of Higher Education Institutions, and is the supervisor of the Performing Arts section of the Register of Artistic Performances. She is a member of the Ministry of Culture’s Council for Research and the Expert Evaluation Committee of the ÉTA Technological Agency of the Czech Republic.
Věra Patočková works as a researcher in the Department of Local and Regional Studies at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She is the author of numerous articles and other publications and has coordinated a number of research projects (e.g. ‘The Social and Institutional Conditions for the Development of Culture and the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in a Regional Environment and Its Uses for the More Effective Organisation of Cultural Activities in the Region’, ‘Leisure Time in Contemporary Society’).
František Mikš is a writer and journalist, editor-in-chief at Barrister & Principal Publishing, and editor-in-chief of the bimonthly periodical Kontexty, which is published by the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Culture (CDK) in Brno. He is the author of numerous books, papers, and articles about politics, political philosophy, culture, and painting in the 20th century.