Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication, today convened the National Mission for Art and Culture in the Public Space (MNACEP), chaired by Jean Blaise. The participants submitted a report to the Minister, making it possible to draw up an inventory and a set of recommendations to better inscribe art in the public space. The Minister praised the important work of the mission, which was able to overcome disciplinary boundaries to propose a comprehensive approach. She announced a number of measures to strengthen interventions for art and culture in the public space.

1/ Better support the presence of art in the public space

  • Through new funding arrangements, by announcing a study as contemplated by CASL on an intervention fund;
  • By encouraging labeled structures to program more outside the walls and in the public space, in connection with local authorities;
  • Thanks to the strengthening of the 1% artistic, which allows to devote 1% of the amount of work of public constructions, especially in schools, to the commission of an artist’s work. The minister will ask the prefects in connection with the DRAC, that they ensure the systematic implementation of this device in public works;

In addition, artists will be involved more upstream in construction projects;

  • By strengthening the presence of young urban creation through a plan for street art. 39 projects were launched in 2016. An international symposium on street art will take place on 13 and 14 October in La Villette (Paris).

2/ Better support street arts:

  • Through aid to 10 companies, 3 of which are supported by their national and international reach (KomplexKapharnaum, Pagai Opera and Poetic Commando Blowers), 7 residency projects and 2 artistic workshops;
  • Through a revaluation this year of the minimum support of the State to 200,000 € to the 6 National Centers of Street Arts, which do not benefit to this day.

A total of €800,000 in new measures in 2016

3/ Better placing art at the heart of urban change

  • Through a sustained dialogue with local and regional authorities, which choose to support this approach;
  • Continuing territorial development schemes with visual arts actors as for street arts;
  • Through a reflection on the reception of events, especially in city centers, and in public spaces to enrich them with all forms of art.

4/ Continue the actions taken by MNACEP

  • Thanks to the creation of ArtCena, born from the rapprochement of the HorsLesMurs resource centres (circus and street arts) and the National Theatre Centre;
  • By enhancing the tools, born from the work of this mission: cartographies of HorsLesMurs, digital plafeform Atlasmuseum, map guide of the pOlau - Urban Arts Pole in Tours, or the website of the National Center of Plastic Arts for public orders.

This meeting was an opportunity for the Minister to recall that “At a time when the Freedom of Creation, Architecture and Heritage Act is being examined in Parliament, public space is at the heart of thinking about freedom of creation and dissemination. Shared space and constrained space, the public space stimulates negotiation and dialogue and in this is a political space. It is a space for learning about citizenship. The encounter with art has its place in this place of encounter and social diversity. That is why the role we want to give to art and culture in the public space is an essential democratic issue.”


Installed in April 2014 by the Minister of Culture and Communication Aurélie Filippetti, the National Mission for Art and Culture in the Public Space (MNACEP) brings together about sixty professionals of culture, artists of street arts and plastic arts, public authorities, urban planners, etc., which intervene in the public space. Over the past two years, they have travelled throughout France to meet the stakeholders involved in these issues, and to exchange views during workshops, public meetings and interviews.The report, submitted today to the Minister, will be the subject of a restitution within the next CCTDC (Council of Territorial Communities for Cultural Development) scheduled for next fall.