Support for art
The Ministry provides institutional support for professional art and book culture by performing state administration of the arts in accordance with applicable legislation and international treaties and by participating in the creation of conditions for the development and the presentation of culture in all areas of professional art and book culture.
a) The Ministry currently has under its establishing competence a total of 12 contributory and budgetary organisations that operate in the area of professional art and book culture (theatres, music ensembles and information and documentation centres usually on the national level): BIBIANA – international house of art for children, the Slovak National Theatre, the Nová scéna Theatre, the Košice State Theatre, the State Opera in Banská Bystrica, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice, Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, the Theatre Institute, the Literary Information Centre, Music Centre Slovakia, the Slovak Design Centre. Each of these institutions has its own specific professional mission and also provides cultural services to a wide range of stakeholders without regard for age, social status, political affiliation or religious belief, not excluding disadvantaged sections of the population (older people, children and young people, people with disabilities).
The arts institutions were established in accordance with Act No 523/2004 on budgetary rules for public administration and amending and supplementing certain acts, as amended, and some were established directly by law (e.g. Act No 385/1997 on the Slovak National Theatre, Act No 114/2000 the Act on the Slovak Philharmonic). Each of them performs its activities in accordance with its foundation deed or its statute in compliance with the law. They are financed under contracts between the organization and the Ministry, which monitors the use of funds from the state budget.
The effect of the measure can be seen in the 20 to 90-year existence of the institutions and their continuous activity in professional art and book culture.
- BIBIANA – international house of art for children, is an organisation on the national level which promotes in creative ways theoretical and practical activity related to art for children as a separate type of art aimed at children’s education through art and for art. It coordinates its activities with competent organizations in Slovakia and abroad (UNESCO, UNICEF, IBBY – International Board on Books for Young People, Hands On! Europe etc.). It performs the function of a specialised institution for professional art for children and young people of all religious beliefs, nationalities, levels of talent and education and for both children with disabilities and children without disabilities. Alongside art exhibitions and interactive expositions, it prepares complementary programmes of education and entertainment, creative workshops, original theatre performances and guest performances by Slovak and foreign artists.
All the organizations under the competence of the art and state language section include titles for children and young people in their dramaturgical plans. Some organizations implement projects for teachers in their area of the arts as a form of continuing education which also benefits the overall upbringing of young people.
b) The culture vouchers programme is a long-running programme which aims to promote the development of children’s relation to cultural values and make culture as accessible as possible for them. Its objective is:
c) The culture vouchers programme is a long-running programme which aims to promote the development of children’s relation to cultural values and make culture as accessible as possible for them. Its objective is:
- to encourage children, young people and their teachers to develop a relationship to cultural values,
- to create conditions for the active participation of cultural institutions in the upbringing and education of young people in schools,
- to encourage competition between cultural institutions in order increase the quality of their activities,
- to improve target
A measurable indicator of the effect of the measure can be seen in the numbers for the support provided to professional art
A measurable indicator of the effect of the measure can be seen in the numbers for the support provided to professional art.Program for youth is part of the entire financial resoureces allocated to imeplement the measures.
In 2012 the Art scheme supported 898 projects total grants of EUR 4,973,650; in 2013 it supported 947 projects with total grants of EUR 5,156,150; in 2014 it supported 1,077 with total grants of EUR 5,325,992; and in 2015 it supported 1,079 projects with total grants of EUR 5,475,400.