Frédéric MITTERRAND, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Frédéric LEFEBVRE, Secretary of Étatchargé de l'Artisanat, launched the national edition of the Journées des Métiers d'art organized throughout Franceles on April 1, 2 and 3, 2011.

On this occasion, they inaugurated the exhibition «Talents d'Exception» at the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, which presents unique pieces made by Masters of Art and exceptional craftsmen and showcases demonstrations of know-how.

Noting that “the arts sector brings together 38,000 companies employing 95,000 people,” Frédéric LEFEBVRE announced that he “would maintain the financial support of his department to the Institut National des Métiers d'Arts so that it can continue its activity of structuring the sector in the service of crafts and employment.”

Frédéric MITTERRAND has promised to complete the training system of the students of art masters, to open the 1% to art craftsmen, and to expand the Days of Crafts, which will become the European Days of Crafts in 2012, to new national monuments.

The Journées des Métiers d'art are coordinated by the Institut National des Métiers d'Art, created in June 2010, a common tool of public policy in favour of fine arts. More than 3500 workshops are open to the public during these days, numerous demonstrations of know-how are offered, as well as exceptional open doors in a hundred training centers, prestigious exhibitions, conferences and discovery tours.