Culture and City Policy
Conceived as an interdepartmental and contractual policy or as a policy aimed at the public, or even as a method of public action, the policy of the city has a double territorial and social dimension, in which the DRAC Grand Est endeavours to include cultural and artistic action.
Born in the 1970s, the city’s policy aims to reduce development gaps within neighbourhoods, restore equality among citizens and improve the living conditions of residents.
Alongside a policy of democratization of culture, supported by cultural facilities, and arts education, the Ministry of Culture thus takes into account artistic projects that integrate a social cohesion dimension.
One of the main objectives of a cultural development policy is a "return to the common law" of urban less favoured areas. Learn more about the development of city policy on the website of the ministry
Public intervention within the framework of city policy is carried out on "priority territories", that is, the identification and delimitation of the most fragile neighbourhoods.
In the Great East, we count 116 Priority neighbourhoods, since the 2014 Law on Programming for the City and Social Cohesion, which thoroughly reviewed the instruments of the city’s policy and defined a new neighbourhood map based on the income of the inhabitants.
The vi contractlle
State intervention is formalized in an official frameworkThe city contract", concluded on an intercommunal scale for six years (2014-2020), between the State, local authorities, associative networks, the economic world and the inhabitants.
The policy of the city mobilizes all the policies of common law and public services.
The DRAC, in conjunction with the other services of the State, the project leaders "City Policy", the local authorities, associations... intervenes on all artistic and cultural disciplines.
Actions are built, in a context of urban transformation (destruction or renovation of a city or a neighbourhood), around four main axes:
- the reappropriation of urban space by the inhabitants, relying on heritage, architecture and urban planning to foster dialogue... ;
- enhancing the diversity of cultures, from a historical and memory perspective;
- cultural mediation, artistic practices and professional and social integration;
- the involvement of cultural structures.
The devices "Politiquee de la ville" by the DRAC
To implement this policy, the DRAC Grand Est is based on four specific devices:
The objective is to encourage social, solidarity and popular education structures to co-build a long-term artistic and cultural project with cultural professionals (cultural structure or artistic team from all artistic fields) directly related to the needs of residents of priority neighbourhoods and watch territories.
Co-construction between the partners takes place throughout the year, the files must be submitted by 30 November of the year preceding the action in order to be the subject of an inter-ministerial commission.
The possible support of the DRAC comes in addition to the support by the Commissariat General à l'Égalité des Territoires (CGET) via the Departmental Directorate of Employment, Labour, Solidarity and Population Protection (DDETSPP) and by the communities in the context of city contracts.
Attention: applications submitted as part of the annual call for projects "Culture and politics of the city" of the DRAC Grand Est must therefore also be submitted to the city contract of the community concerned.
Consult the latest call for projects "City Policy" Grand Est
The objective is to encourage social, solidarity and popular education structures to co-build an artistic and cultural project with cultural professionals (cultural structure or artistic team of the heritage: museums, archaeology, archives, historical monuments, written heritage, landscape heritage, intangible heritage, etc...), directly related to the needs of children and youth in priority neighbourhoods and watch territories.
Co-construction between partners takes place throughout the year, applications must be submitted no later than 1er March of the year of action, to be the subject of an inter ministerial commission.
The projects selected are co-funded by the DRAC Grand Est and the Commissariat Général à l'Égalité des Territoires (CGET) via The Regional Directorate for the Economy, Employment, Labour and Solidarity of the Great East (DREETS)
Launched in 1991, this cultural and social education and cinema scheme, supported by the DRAC, is set up as a priority within the framework of city policy. It is aimed at audiences, especially young people, who for geographical, social or cultural reasons are far removed from film and audiovisual practices and provision.
In the Grand Est region, the regional coordination of the scheme is ensured by three associations, commissioned by the DRAC: Alsace Cinémas - Maison de l'image; TCB - Télé Centre Bernon and the Ligue de l'enseignement - Fol Moselle.
They develop partnerships with local authorities, cinemas, cultural structures, youth and neighbourhood houses, associations...
Workshops, meetings, outdoor sessions and pricing policies are offered, mainly in summer, but also throughout the year...
Contacts "Image smugglers" in the Great East
Ardennes, Aube, Marne and Haute-Marne: TCB - Télé Centre Bernon
Meurthe-et-Moselle, Moselle, Meuse and Vosges: Education League - Fol Moselle
Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin: RECIT - Réseau Est Cinéma Image et Transmission
The «Micro-Folies» project is aimed at priority cultural territories and living areas less well equipped with cultural facilities, in order to respond to the problems of democratic access to culture.
It is a question of developing, in an existing cultural structure, an original and innovative place proposing:
- a digital museum a virtual gallery of 500 masterpieces to be discovered in digital form, accompanied by mediation actions;
- a library/ Game library A free programme of activities for all. A reading room, games on loan, educational workshops...
- a stage space/ café : Micro-madness is above all a place of life and conviviality and exchanges. Restoration, balls, theater, cinema... are proposed.
Inspired by the Folies du Parc de La Villette designed by architect Bernard Tschumi, this innovative project is led by the Ministry of Culture and coordinated by La Villette. Interested communities are invited to contact the Micro-Fund Project Manager at the public establishment of the Halle de la Villette (EPPGHV) and the Grand Est DRAC.
Contacts City policies
The Regional Directorate of Economy, Employment, Labour and Solidarity (DREETS)
Regional Directorate for Economy, Employment, Labour and Solidarity (DREETS)
City Policy, Education and Citizenship Cluster
Office of Chalons in Champagne
Cité TIRLET, 5 rue de la Charrière, 51,000 Chalons en Champagne
Tel: 03 26 26 98 15
Departmental Directorates for Employment, Labour, Solidarity and Population Protection
Advisor of Popular Education and Youth
Head of the City Political Office
DDETSPP de la Marne
Solidarity and territory service
Cité TIRLET, 7 rue de la Charrière, 51 036 Chalons en Champagne
Tel: 03 26 66 49 15
Head of the City Political Service
DDETSPP of Dawn
Building B, Cité administrative des Vassaules, CS 30376, 10004 TROYES Cedex
Tel: 03 25 70 48 56
Head of Mission City Policy
89 Victoire de la Marne – PO Box 52091 52904 Chaumont Cedex 09
Tel: 03 52 09 56 88
Sub-Prefecture of Sedan (for the two Ardennes city contracts) :
Head of the City Policy and Equal Opportunities Unit
1 rue Neuil - BP 40382 - 08208 Sedan Cedex - Tel: 03 24 22 92 30
Contacts prefectures of the Great East
The contact details of the "City Policy" referents in the prefectures of departments:
Delegate of the Prefect of Ardennes
Tel. 06 48 48 55 20
Prefect’s delegate for the district of Troyes Champagne Métropole
Prefect’s Delegate for the Borough of Saint-Dizier
Tel. 06 18 75 45 56
Prefect’s delegates for the district of Reims
and Axel Thouvenin
Tel. 06 79 63 74 77
Contacts at the Grand Est DRAC
Interdepartmental Referent "Culture and City Politics" DRAC Grand Est
Pierre Vogler (see coordinates below).