A project of the Lithuanian Association of Artists (2013-2014) includes training seminars on marketing for NGO’s and evaluation of documents on the cultural and creative industries sector.
A schools project started in 2013 by the Lithuanian Association of Artists provides direct communication between pupils and famous artists or cultural persons as well as theory sessions conducted by representatives of 11 fields of art.
4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts
The debates during the last period have been concentrated mostly on state tax policies and artists' social security. Artists were of the opinion that the state tax policy for the arts should be more focussed on alleviating the situation for artists in the period of economic crisis. However, reaching an agreement and mutual understanding wasn't an easy task during the years 2008-2011. In 2011 the government passed the resolution on "The Programme of social security of Art Creators", which aims to secure social guarantees for artists who have low and irregular incomes. A special fund was established to realise this Programme.
The 16th Government's Programme for the year 2012 – 2016 accentuates the following priorities in the professional arts sector:
- state support to arts projects;
- elaborate cultural policy model, taking into account Lithuania's membership of the EU and threats of globalisation;
- involvement of artists and their associations into processes of cultural policy formation;
- protection of copyright and neighbouring rights; and
- state support to professional art dissemination in regions and provincial municipalities.
See: http://www.lrvk.lt/lt/veikla/vyriausybes-programa/; chapter IX.
The Programme's issues are essential for artists and their organisations. Culture and arts policy still remains on the periphery during electoral campaigns.
In 2013-2014 the Lithuanian Association of Artists implemented the project The Art Creator organisations information system for society, which was based on the Lithuania – Switzerland co-operation programme for NGO's. The achievements of the project were: the Information System for the Lithuanian Association of Artists; a feasibility study on infrastructure and human resources development of the Association; training seminars on marketing for NGO's; evaluation of documents on the cultural and creative industries sector.
The Association is experienced in organising events and implementing national-level projects. The project "High culture impulses for schools" (AKIM) started in 2013 and provides direct communication between pupils and famous artists or cultural persons. Every month, meetings in schools that participate in the AKIM project are combined with theory sessions conducted by representatives of 11 fields of art (artists, musicians, performers, designers, etc). Over 500 lessons were held during the first quarter of the academic year.
Chapter published: 28-11-2014