8. Creativity and Culture
Cultural policy in Slovakia is created in cooperation of several ministries and sectors. For the development of youth cultural policy, the most crucial is the cooperation of education and culture administrative bodies. An important role is being held out also by the local and regional authorities. They are responsible for the establishment of cultural and youth centers and their strategies and supportive approach are playing an important role in youth cultural participation (8.2).
In Slovakia, art schooling has a long-standing tradition - especially basic schools of arts that are platforms for development of cultural and creative interest, as well as place for discovering talents and their enhancement. A special role for finding talents have competitions and exhibitions under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (8.5).
Cultural vouchers are measures to support the development of cultural competences of primary and secondary school pupils. Vouchers can be used to pay for cultural events, courses etc. Part of the state funding is allocated to the support of the cultural activities of disadvantaged groups and to support culture of ethnic minorities (8.3, 8.9).
In 2012 -2016, the most significant digitization of cultural heritage works of art was carried out within the projects run by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and its institutions (8.7). The Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic considers this to be an example of good practice of the use of Eurofunds. By 2021, the Ministry of Culture must allocate almost 65 000 000 € from its own resources for the maintenance of projects, the implementation of services associated with their operation, but also the modernization of software or expansion of data storage. After this period, the Ministry of Culture will be obligated to annually allocate 13 000 000 € for the building and maintaining of technical infrastructure. The Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic therefore recommended that the Ministry of Culture develops a medium-term strategy, in which measures will be defined to ensure sustainable financing of digitization projects as well as to expand the number of digitized objects.