La création artistique a été particulièrement affectée par la crise sanitaire. Pour soutenir le secteur, le Gouvernement a souhaité, dans le cadre du volet culture de France Relance, consacrer 30 millions d’euros à un programme de soutien novateur à la conception et à la réalisation de projets artistiques. Dans un format sans précédent, toute créatrice et créateur aura pu soumettre un projet pour être ensuite soutenu dans son élaboration et accompagné dans sa réalisation.

Launched last June, this call for expressions of interest, which closed on 22 August, generated a great deal of interest. Nearly 3,200 projects have been submitted, covering most of the fields of contemporary creation: visual arts, music, writing, performing arts, design and applied arts.

A dedicated artistic committee, chaired by Bernard Blistène, former director of the National Museum of Modern Art, selected 264 projects. Coming from the most diverse artistic and geographical backgrounds, the proposals were selected after a long process of consultation, based on the quality of each project.

Projects were selected based on their suitability for the call for expressions of interest, as well as their capacity to produce.

The relevance of artists' associations, the proposals for unusual collaborations were a significant selection criterion, as was the suitability of the proposed heritage or natural place.

The New Worlds programme aims to cover metropolitan and ultramarine territory, thus helping to open up contemporary creation to the entire French territory.