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Jakarta Post

Lesson learned: Mismanaged creative hubs provide cautionary tale for future expansions

  • Arya Dipa and Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java and Jakarta   /   Tue, January 14, 2020   /  07:35 am
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Participants carry out an activity at a workshop in the Jakarta Creative Hub in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

Thirty-nine-year-old Claudine Patricia has not forgotten her last day at the creative hub in Bandung, West Java, even after months. The former librarian was fired in 2018 when authorities decided to slash the operational budget for the following year. The sudden work termination was a tough pill to swallow for Claudine, who had sacrificed her sub-minimum wage salary to add to the library’s collection and borne uncovered operational costs while organizing activities all by herself. “It is a bitter memory that I’m trying to forget. I was stunned until 5 in the morning [after I was fired],” said the literature enthusiast in August last year. Bandung Creative Hub Program coordinator Febby Arhemsyah said last August he had to wait for the 2020 budget to fix a previously inundated auditorium that had leaks and several broken seats. He admitted it had ...