The High Council for Arts and Cultural Education (HCEAC) officially launched the 100% BEC label at its plenary session on December 17, 2021, co-chaired by Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sport and Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture.

The label 100% EAC aims to distinguish the communities that carry a project whose objective is to offer access to arts and cultural education (EAC) to all young people in their territory, from early childhood to university, in the spirit of the Charter for Arts and Cultural Education developed by HCEAC. This certification should allow students aged 3 to 18, the age limit of the Culture pass, to benefit from a coherent path.

Communities wishing to obtain the label now have until April 24, 2022 to complete a commitment file online.

If arts and cultural education naturally finds its place in school time, it must be present in all child development times. The EAC course is based on artistic teachings but aims at a more general and multiform presence of arts and culture, notably through projects with a multidisciplinary ambition and especially the post and extracurricular. To achieve these objectives, local and regional authorities play a fundamental role.

Between 2018 and 2020, representatives of ten laboratory territories met under the aegis of the HCEAC to bring their experience for the development of methodological tools that accompany labelling. The Territorial Inventory Handbook and Engagement Package allow communities to self-assess, develop an inventory and build a BEC generalization strategy for their territory.

The 100% EAC label, which will be awarded by the prefects and rectors for a period of 5 years, after the advice of the decentralized departments of the two ministries, will be the mark of a strong involvement and the institutional guarantee of a partnership and a know-howbe recognized for families, residents and institutions. The label may be renewed after the presentation of a report. Once the label has been awarded, the National Institute of Arts and Cultural Education (INSEAC) can support the training needs of the community.