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8. Creativity and Culture

8.10 Current debates and reforms

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  1. Forthcoming policy development
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy development

In 2017 the process of national curricular documents revision and updates was started. It could also have an impact on the fields of culture, creativity, entrepreneurship and cultural entrepreneurship within the national school curriculums. However, in 2019 it was postponed due to the process of creating new state strategy in the field of Education 2030+.

Within the revision process, lots of emphases are put on the use of ICT and modern technologies and that is the only field that was reformed and put in pilot testing and comprehensively put in force by the so-called "small revision" in January 2021. The fields of culture and cultural competencies, however, were diminished within the "small" revisited curricula 2021. 

There are several initiatives in preparation on the state level, to use culture and arts in the social inclusion of relevant groups, including migrants (see Chapter 8.9)

A proposal for a 'Memorandum of Support for Artistic and Creative Education' between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports have been drafted in 2018. This follows Goal 15 of the Concept of supporting Art in the Czech Republic for years 2015-2020. In 2019, an expert working group was established under the common responsibility of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Union of Employers' Associations.

Ongoing debates

The most recent topics in the culture field are linked to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Culture in the Czech Republic, professional and non-professional was hit very much since March 2020, as due to the need for social distancing and diminishing people-to-people contacts most of the opportunities for living culture were closed by the Governmental decisions. Cultural institutions are adapting to the new situations as many offer part of their programme online and try to bring new models, how to bring culture to the public and young people.

Recent information about the situation in Culture and Covid-19 are on the website of the Ministry of Culture.

Other main policy topics are around the evaluation from the state cultural strategical documents State Cultural Policy for years 2015-2020 with prospect to the year 2025 and Concept of supporting Art in the Czech Republic for years 2015-2020 (see Chapter 8.3). The debates are, however, not much linked with the youth perspective, but instead with the general population perspective. Especially relevant and close are the topics of creative entrepreneurship and eCulture – enable the use of cultural content for new scientific knowledge by converting it into electronic form, introduction of a mandatory copy of electronic publications and preservation of national cultural heritage created in electronic form.

Between 2000 and 2004 there was an inter-sectorial Commission of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education for after-school children's and youth art activities, art education and art and cultural heritage. In 2017, there are some intentions and steps towards a renewed similar body. There are attempts at more official and systemic cooperation between the cultural and educational sector on the issues of art education. For example, in November 2017 there was a Czech-German conference on art education and society. In 2020 there will be a konference ‘Umění do lavic’ dedicated to children's art activities as a path to lasting interest about culture and art and what is the significance of art subjects for schools. The Programme Statement of the new Czech Government from June 2018 declares support toward cultural participation of the youngest generation. In the statement, there is also an intention to establish a new Subsidy Programme for the support of artistic and creativity education by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture. There is intention to support culture development, especially among the youngest generation, by participating in artistic and cultural activities.