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S. Korea: Policy Goals Set for Cultural Enrichment
Source: http://www.korea.net/
Source Date: Monday, October 28, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Oct 29, 2013

The second meeting of the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment was held at Cheong Wa Dae on October 25. Cultural enrichment is one of the four priorities of the Park Geun-hye administration.

At the meeting, the committee and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism jointly announced eight policy tasks, themed “Opening an Era of Cultural Enrichment: A Life with Culture” (unofficial translation).

Through its “Life with Culture” policies, the government has set three key goals -- independence, co-existence and fusion -- as the, “new framework for cultural policy in the era of cultural enrichment.” Under this new framework, the government aims to realize the goal of cultural enrichment with bottom-up policies that will directly benefit the citizens.

Through the announced policy tasks, the government aims to: emphasize the value of liberal arts and expand liberal arts education; make traditional culture a way of life and connect traditional culture with modern values; offer more opportunities for people to participate in cultural activities and make their lives happier; finance more cultural facilities in smaller cities and rural areas; create a virtuous, art-supporting ecosystem; present a future direction for creative and cultural industries by combining culture and IT; and, promote the cultural value of Arirang, a popular Korean folk song which was enlisted in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, so that it can be used to boost national integration.

In order to highlight the importance of the humanities, the committee has decided to support liberal arts education, incubate researchers and scholars in the liberal arts and enact laws to promote liberal arts and culture. The committee will also promote liberal arts among the general public by having the classics translated in a more modern manner and by forming a special organization to support liberal arts education.

To provide more opportunities for people to experience culture in their day to day lives, the committee decided that the last Wednesday of every month will be “Culture Day” when there will be free or discounted admission to palaces, museums, galleries and movie theaters. The committee will also offer to host the World Culture Summit to spotlight the value and role of culture, and to form a culture volunteer group, composed of retirees from the culture sector, in order to better organize the cultural activities of local communities.

To form a virtuous, art-supporting ecosystem and to promote the arts, the government will create an environment favorable to artists by expanding support for creative works and welfare for artists and add dance and theater to the current art education curriculum, currently only composed of music and fine arts.

The committee will set up long-term policies aimed at enriching culture by conducting public opinion polls, research into the cultural environment, conduct fact finding research on cultural facilities and on-the-spot surveys for cultural opportunities among the less privileged.

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