Missions and organisation of the DRAC Hauts-de-France
Since 1977, the ministry of culture is present in each region thanks to the Regional Cultural Affairs Directorates (DRAC). The Law of 6 February 1992 organising the territorial administration of the Republic made DRAC’s decentralized services.
With the publication of the Decree of 8 June 2010 In each region, the Department of Architecture and Heritage Services (STAP) has merged with the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs.
On January 1, 2016 the greater region Hauts-de-France was put in place. The Drac now consists of a headquarters in Lille and a site in Amiens. It is organized in three major poles (Heritage and architecture, Creation, Public and territories - cultural industries) and a general secretariat.
In addition, STAP have become Departmental Units of Architecture and Heritage (UDAP). The Hauts-de-France region includes five territorial units (one in Lille, one in Arras, one in Compiègne, one in Amiens and one in Laon).
Placed under the authority of the regional prefect, the DRAC is responsible for implementation, adapted to the regional context, of the priorities defined by the Ministry of Culture, whose mission is to facilitate access to culture for the greatest number of people, to preserve and enhance heritage, to stimulate creation and to help the dissemination of works.
DRAC ensures application of the Wealth code (authorization for work, archaeological requirements). By proposing to the regional prefect the allocation of financial support from the State, the DRAC also exercises a advisory and expertise function to cultural partners and local authorities. Its missions cover all areas of activity of the Ministry: movable heritage and real estate, archaeology, museums, archives, books and public reading, performing arts, visual arts, cinema and audiovisual, architecture, cultural and territorial action.
Its missions concern the fields of knowledge, conservation and enhancement of heritage, the promotion of architecture, support for the creation and dissemination of art in all their components, the development of books and reading, arts and cultural education and the transmission of knowledge, the promotion of cultural diversity and the expansion of audiences, the development of the economy of culture and cultural industries, the promotion of the French language and the languages of France.
The Drac participates in spatial planning, sustainable development and social cohesion policies as well as in the evaluation of public policies.
Mission of the Drac in the different cultural fields
- It implements regulations on monumental heritage, archaeology, museums, archives and architecture.
- It contributes, in collaboration with the other decentralized services of the State, to the application of regulations concerning town planning and landscapes.
- It supports the protection, conservation, restoration and enhancement of heritage (monumental, furniture, archaeological, linguistic, written, cinematographic, memorial) and collections of museums and archives.
- It promotes the architectural and landscape quality of buildings and the consideration of sustainable development goals.
- It implements regulations and ensures the dissemination of information on social legislation applicable to cultural jobs.
- It supports the creation, production and artistic dissemination in the fields of performing arts, visual arts, literature and cinema by supporting the teams and cultural institutions of production and dissemination.
- It provides support and advice to cultural enterprises, in particular by supporting modernisation actions (bookshops, publishing houses, cinemas in direct connection with the CNC) and by encouraging the development of cultural patronage.
- It provides support to higher education institutions in the performing arts and visual arts as well as specialized educational institutions.
- It develops an active policy of arts and cultural education in connection with the Rectorates and the Inspections d'académie.
- It supports actions to promote cultural diversity and facilitates access to culture for everyone (hospital culture, prison culture and disability culture, digitization of cultural resources).
- It ensures the cultural planning of the territory and the expansion of the public through the development of partnerships with the communities (Region, Departments Communes) and their groups.
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