4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities
In the past, the priority of the Armenian cultural policy was mainly directed at the preservation of cultural structures and major trends, but now cultural development and promoting Armenian culture are emphasised more.
The priority directions of the cultural policy today are:
1. The formation of the legislative framework in the field:
2. The preservation of cultural heritage:
3. The development of a new model on decentralisation of cultural management and financing:
4. The development of modern art and cultural infrastructures and the promotion of cultural processes:
5. The use of information technologies in the cultural area:
6. The provision of training and education for specialists in the cultural field:
7. The development of cultural links inside Armenia and with foreign countries:
In 2007, the Ministry of Culture drew up the 2008-2012 Culture Development Strategy Project. It defines the mission of the Ministry as the main director of cultural policy in Armenia and the main actor in the progress of the Armenian nation through preservation and support for culture. Among the priorities of the document are:
Currently, the encouragement of projects by talented artists, youth cultural groups, broadening the outlook of young people by educational establishments and by the programmes of education on national culture, history, and civic education are among the priorities in the cultural field.
In the elaboration of the cultural priorities, discussions took place with cultural workers, representatives of creative unions and independent experts.
In implementing these priorities, some difficulties arise due to the absence of a comprehensive knowledge on the activities of the cultural establishments in the Marzes, as the data of the National Statistics Service does not correspond to the data received from Marzpetarans (regional administrations). In order to overcome this gap, monitoring is periodically conducted in the Marzes. In addition, the legislative field needs to be improved and personnel need to be trained and their training updated.