8. Creativity and Culture
It is obvious that Lithuania’s economic policies encourage creative work and the development of creative industries. Lithuania promotes creative industries by providing means of financial support, public education, encouraging the youth creativity and cooperation of cultural and arts sectors with business. Lithuanian Progress 2030 Strategy has provisions to gear the general education system to creativity, citizenship and leadership skills; to develop programmes focused on creativity and personal development, as well as competence assessment and self-assessment framework, putting them in place across all the educational institutions; to reorganize the concentrated examination system to a balanced system of accumulation and recognition of various learning achievements, the system that captures personal experience and recognizes ever-higher achievements in education and to facilitate proper learning environment, establish science laboratories, create arts education tools, wellness areas, etc. in all schools. The main goals of the Strategy for the Promotion and Development of Creative Industries of the Republic of Lithuania are the following: to provide necessary conditions for the efficient development of creative industries (by using the population’s creative potential), the sector’s contribution to the economy, for building the knowledge-based economy and increasing the competitiveness of creative industries’ production in the country and abroad. The Ministry of Culture underlines the following strategic objectives: to ensure the creativity in the cultural, educational, scientific and economic fields in order to enhance creative industries of Lithuania and to increase the share of these sectors in Lithuania’s GDP and employment. The sector of cultural and creative industries in Lithuania is a rapidly developing sector, the development of which requires new professionals, new jobs, and there are more opportunities for creative people to realize their potential. A number of higher institutions offer studies of traditional artistic disciplines. Study programmes related to performing arts, theatre and music and film are offered at Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy and Vilnius Art Academy. Moreover, study programmes in art and cultural management as well as creative and cultural industries and communication are offered at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Faculty of Creative Industries. Lithuanian regions possess active incubators, such as the Creative Business Incubator of Arts Printing House, the Užupis Arts Incubator or Telšiai Arts Incubator and informal arts incubators, such as the ones in Klaipeda, Kaunas, Šiauliai and Anykščiai. While supporting and encouraging the creativity, new artists’ ideas and their implementation in both arts incubators and clusters emerge as important means of taking care of cultural and creative activities in various spheres.