Support to contemporary arts (theater arts, cinema/audiovisual arts, music, dance, visual arts, cultural education)

Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Each of the sectors of contemporary arts has a unique feature, direction and style in terms of genre and programme, particularly:
Cinema/Audiovisual arts: support to individual filmmakers to write scripts and implement film projects; ensuring participation of Armenian films and individual creators in international film festivals and film markets.
Theatre arts: implementation of performances through creative orders and obtainment of dramaturgical works; participation of theatre companies and individuals in international theatre arts festivals.
Visual arts: organising of individual exhibitions; participation of young creators in international biennales and exhibitions and support to innovative programmes. In music -- obtainment of musical works, new adaptations and musical arrangements; ensuring of participation of Armenian music and dance groups and individual performers in international music festivals.
Music: implementation of concert programmes through creative orders and obtainment of large-scale and chamber works; participation of individual performers and creative music groups in international music projects.
Dance: implementation of creative orders; increase of the knowledge of contemporary and ethno dances, dance creators and performers and increase of the quality of preferences; restoration of dance choreographies; organisation of international and republican festivals and public showings.
Cultural education: ensuring of quality of art education and access to aesthetic education; preparation and training of specialists in the culture sector; improvement of the system; ensuring of continuing education of specialists; increase of the quality of cultural services and implementation of targeted programmes contributing to the formation of future citizens of the Republic of Armenia.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Theatre arts: in the reporting period, 61 dramatic, opera, ballet, musical, comedic, marionette, puppet and pantomime performances have been staged for various layers of society, audiences and people of all ages within the framework of creative orders; 1 dramaturgical work has been obtained; participation of 14 Armenian theatre companies and 13 individuals has been ensured in 28 international projects.
Music: obtainment of musical works, new adaptations and musical arrangements; ensuring of participation of Armenian music and dance groups and individual performers in international music festivals. In the same period, 73 works (19 in 2016, 30 in 2017, 24 in 2018) of over 50 Armenian authors have been obtained, new adaptations and musical arrangements of 71 works have been made, 10 albums have been released, the participation of 15 Armenian music groups and 51 individual performers in 56 international music festivals and projects has been ensured.
Cinema/Audiovisual arts: in the reporting period, nearly 65 full-length films, 25 short-length films, 45 documentaries, 22 animated films have been produced, and support has been provided for the issuance of 4 student programmes, 8 debut programmes and 3 film magazines and for the development of 17 draft scripts and film projects of individual filmmakers; participation of Armenian films and individual creators has been ensured in a total of 43 international film festivals, film markets and forums.
Visual arts: support has been provided to the organisation of 12 individual exhibitions, the participation of young creators in 16 international biennales, exhibitions and innovative programmes; 2 visual arts works have been obtained.
Dance: in the reporting period, 19 new dances have been choreographed; support has been provided to the participation of 4 dance ensembles and 17 individual performers in 18 international festivals and competitions; 1 pan-Armenian and 1 international festival have been held.
The following have been implemented in the cultural education sector:
The educational programme for the national, string and brass instruments in music and art schools (2,361 schoolchildren of 144 community schools, including 1,779 national instruments, 258 string instruments and 324 brass instruments).
"Acquisition of musical instruments for music and art schools" 319 musical instruments of 17 types within the scope of the programme.
The "Educational-Methodical and Practical Assistance" programme, which was held with the participation of 29,545 schoolchildren and 5,449 pedagogues of music, art, fine arts and dance schools of the republic.
"Teacher Training" programme, which was held with the participation of 2,075 pedagogues of the aforementioned schools.
"Organising of master classes in Armenia by foreign specialists and support to participation of gifted musicians and performers in master classes and creative camps abroad" programme, which was held with the participation of 518 gifted schoolchildren and 313 pedagogues of music and art schools of the republic.
"Target programme for development and improvement of talented teen musicians and performers in the Republic of Armenia" programme, within the scope of which individual lessons and master classes were given to 15 gifted teen musicians and performers (classical music instruments: piano, violin, cello). Out of the gifted teen musicians involved in the programme, 15 of them participated in over 150 different events, including competitions, festivals and concerts. Most of them received laurels at republican and international competitions.
In the reporting period, through the "Development and publication of new curricula, textbooks and methodical manuals for music, art and fine arts schools" programmes, 50 educational-methodical manuals in 11,700 copies were published and distributed free of charge to educational institutions providing cultural education in the republic.
"Philharmonic of Schoolchildren" programme, within the scope of which 108 lesson-concerts were organised and held with the participation of nearly 43,420 children and teens of the republic.
The pilot programme for introducing the "Cultural organisation-school" subscription system which was carried out in two stages (May-June and September-October) in Yerevan, for nearly 1,625 schoolchildren (aged 10-14) studying at middle classes of 49 primary schools in 47 borderline villages of the Syunik, Tavush, Ararat, Vayots Dzor and Gegharkunik Marzes [Provinces] of the Republic of Armenia (three events, including one performance, a concert programme and a museum exhibition). Schoolchildren of general education schools of Yerevan, Syrian-Armenian children and children of orphanages from Yerevan and Gavar joined the participants of the programme on a regular basis and visited the National Gallery of Armenia, the Komitas Museum-Institute, the History Museum of Armenia, the Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum, the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan and attended the concert programme of Armenian State Honored Ensemble of Song and Dance named after Tatul Altounyan and State Ensemble of Armenian Folklore Music. Visits to Tsitsernakaberd [Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex], "Mayr Hayastan" [Mother Armenia] Memorial and Komitas Pantheon were also organised for the children.
By selection of profession, support has been provided to 143 individual performers and 1 choir for participation in 42 international child and youth competitions, festivals and master classes.
From 2018 to 2019, in the cultural education sector, several turning processes took place for schoolchildren of general education schools in all domains of art, and these processes were due to the implementation of the "Introduction of Subscription System", "LessonA", "Your Art in School" and "Class+Classical" target programmes.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
MFA, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Institute of Arts, 60 state non-commercial organisations and NGOs
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Due to the work done over the past four years, tangible results have been recorded in terms of revitalisation of cultural life, proportionate development of the sectors of contemporary arts (cinema/audiovisual arts, theatre arts, visual arts, music, dance, cultural education), improvement of the activities of individual creators and creative groups, identification of the potential of young creators and promotion of activities and awareness-raising of Armenian contemporary arts in the republic, as well as expansion of international partnerships and internationalisation of Armenian contemporary arts.
Alongside this progress, nevertheless, the imperfection of the legal-contractual field remains a major issue, and as a result, this does not clearly ensure the legal relations between the State and creators.