Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication and Patrick Kanner, Minister of the City, Youth and Sports presented this morning in the Council of Ministers the interdepartmental policy in favour of arts and cultural education.

Building on the priority given to youth by the President of the Republic, the new teaching provided at school as well as the numerous partnerships initiated by the State with the actors of culture and popular education and local authorities, Arts and cultural education has largely developed in all the territories of metropolis and overseas.

The mobilization of the entire Government and local partners has given it a new impetus since 2012. This dynamic will still be able, thanks to the solid foundations that have been laid, to assert itself so that it is always better shared and does not leave any young people at the side of the road.

For arts and cultural education for all
Thanks to the “arts and cultural education pathway” which came into effect in 2015, all young people from kindergarten to high school benefit from an education in art and through art. This course combines knowledge about arts and heritage, encounters with artists and works, and artistic practices to allow each child to experience creation. The new interdisciplinary practical teaching (EPI) established with the reform of the college and the actions proposed by the cultural and socio-economical structuresCultural education contributes to the generalization of arts and cultural education and to its inclusion in all stages of the child’s life – school, extracurricular, extracurricular – especially in the context of new school rhythms and in all places where it is practised.

A real educational and cultural alliance has been established in recent years with all the stakeholders concerned. It is the aim of the renovation of the High Council for Arts and Cultural Education that developed the charter for arts and cultural education in 2016. It is also the meaning of the national «Creation in progress» mechanism created to bring art and school even closer together. For the first time, artists who graduated from higher education schools settle in each department in residence in a school to carry out an artistic and cultural project with a class (Grades 4, 5 or 6).

The report of the deputy Sandrine Doucet on «the territories of arts and cultural education» welcomes the progress of this quinquennium, and pleads for a strengthening of the cooperation between the State and the local authorities, building on the artistic and cultural education pathway. A privileged instrument for the generalisation of arts and cultural education, it makes it possible to coordinate the different partners, the different life times of young people, and the different places where it is practised.

Means to match ambitions
The means dedicated to arts and cultural education have progressed: the Ministry of National Education devotes nearly 2 billion euros each year to artistic teachings and cultural actions. Since 2015, specific resources have been dedicated to the implementation of the arts and cultural education pathway, up to an additional €8 million over three years. The Ministry of Culture and Communication has doubled its commitment since 2012, dedicating €64 million to this policy in 2017. For priority neighbourhoods, the 435 city contracts must now contain a cultural component, partly financed by the city’s political credits delegated to the prefects. They increased by 30% for cultural actions and arts and cultural education under the city’s policy between 2012 and 2015.