The Artistic Creation Inspection Service (SICA) works mainly on the evaluation and implementation of artistic creation policies, in connection with all the DGCA services to which it provides expertise and support, In particular, by mobilising its inspectors.
Who the hell are we?
It is a multidisciplinary service organized in colleges: the SICA thus includes a college of inspectors experts in the field of dance, another for music, a third for theatre and associated arts (street arts, circus arts, puppetry), and a final one for the visual arts sector, more recent, reflecting the rapprochement of this field of artistic creation with that of live performance from 2011.
The service currently has 23 inspectors, most of whom come from the ICCEAC body (Inspector and advisor of creation, artistic teachings and cultural action).
What are our missions?
- Evaluating the implementation of artistic creation policies
The inspectors carry out evaluation, analysis and advisory missions, which take them on the ground to meet artists, professionals and cultural structures. These missions most often respond to DRAC requests, but may also be the subject of a request from business delegations. For example, these interventions aim to document the process of labelling a cultural structure, to prepare the renewal of a directorate by taking stock of the situation, or to prepare the State’s dialogue with local authorities by taking stock of a cultural system.
These missions give rise to reports, which are partly accessible on https://www.culture.gouv.fr/Espace-documentation.
- Study and analyse developments in artistic and cultural fields, policies and practices;In another perspective, the inspectors' expertise is mobilized for the purpose of analysing a sector, a device, a policy or a type of structure, with a paragliding method.
These observation and analysis missions lead to cross-sectional studies, which set the stage and allow us to evolve our methods of intervention in the artistic and cultural field.
- Provide advice and expertise to central and decentralized departmentsAnother aspect of SICA’s work is the territorial monitoring of each region and the accompaniment of DRAC (regional cultural affairs directorates) advisers. Each inspector is in fact the point of reference for a certain number of regions, in his field of specialization, and contributes both to the indispensable dialogue between the central administration and the decentralized services, and to deepen knowledge of the artistic and cultural landscape of a given territory.
- Participate in structuring and supporting arts educationFinally, the Art Design Inspection Service is historically dedicated to evaluation and advice in the field of arts pedagogy: in connection with the Sub-Directorate of Specialized Higher Education and Research (SDESSR, SICA continues to play a central role in the field of higher education as well as specialized education (conservatories). Thus, the inspectors participate in committees for the recruitment of teachers and conservatory directors, evaluate all conservatories for their classification in one of the three existing categories, and participate in the evaluation of the diplomas and pedagogy of higher education institutions through the graduation or accreditation campaigns of institutions. They also contribute to the ongoing reflection on the reform of the classification of conservatories.
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