A new book outlines the "Vision on Cultural Policy of Moldova: from changes to sustainability".
4.3 Other relevant issues and debates
In September 2003, the Association "Alternativa noua", in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Policies launched a two-year project called "Identifying and Implementing Efficient Funding Mechanisms for the Cultural Sector in the Republic of Moldova". The project has been supported by the "Policies for Culture" programme of the European Cultural Foundation, the ECUMEST Association, the Soros Foundation Moldova and the Council of Europe. Its goal was to analyse and compare mechanisms of cultural funding in different countries in order to come up with appropriate solutions for the reform of cultural funding in Moldova.
The research carried out by several working groups of local specialists in cultural management resulted in the elaboration of a set of principles suggested as the basis for the reform of cultural financing in Moldova. The experts proposed to start with the establishment of a Cultural Fund of Moldova, an autonomous public body with the aim of supporting the arts through grants.
Three groups of national and international experts worked on the legal, organisational and financial aspects of the planned foundation. Their proposals have been discussed within the unions and artists' associations.
The most important issues and findings of the project were then discussed during an international conference called "Models of Cultural Institutions Financing", which took place in Chisinau on 16 October 2004. Experts from Estonia, Hungary and Romania presented the history, structure and activities of arm's length bodies in their countries, and the participants were familiarised with the "Policies for Culture" programme of the European Cultural Foundation.
The draft Law on the Cultural Fund of Moldova is still being examined by the Ministry of Culture.
From December 2006 to December 2007, the Cultural Policy Programme of the Soros Foundation-Moldova, in cooperation with the European Cultural Foundation, is implementing the Pilot-Project "Visions on Cultural Policy for Moldova: from changes to viability". The project represents the first phase of a three-year Pilot-Project of the European Cultural Foundation, carried out in partnership with the Soros Foundation-Moldova: "Reinforcing Moldova's Development Capacities by Strengthening its Cultural Sector".
The project aims at drafting some initial policy visions and concrete practical measures for cultural development in Moldova; setting up a task force comprising cultural managers and decision-makers who will promote the current needs and interests of the cultural sector and advocate for them at all relevant policy levels; developing training and capacity building programmes and tools / services gradually serving all relevant stakeholders in Moldova's cultural sector; building up a group of culture professionals as local trainers / consultants / experts who will develop and implement future training and consulting programmes in Moldova which, among others, shall serve the professionalisation of cultural managers dealing with strategic planning, organisational development, fundraising, etc.
In order to achieve these objectives, the Soros Foundation Moldova has organised 5 Round Tables on the main cultural sectors: Performing Arts, Literature, Visual Arts, Cultural Industries and Houses of Culture. The experts (one for each of these sectors) have elaborated specific key- subjects for debates:
In June 2007, an international conference was held on "The Cultural Policy of the Republic of Moldova in the transition period: Experience, Provocation, Viability, Prospects". The Conference gathered together artists, managers of the main cultural institutions, decision-makers in the field of culture from all over Moldova and representatives of the European Cultural Foundation and other international organisations, as well as the cultural secretaries of foreign embassies in Moldova. The participants discussed the reports and papers prepared by Moldovan and foreign experts on issues identified during the previously organised round tables. At the end of the conference, the participants were divided into four workshops, where they discussed and drafted the main instruments, measures and strategies to be promoted within a forward-looking cultural policy for the Republic of Moldova.
In 2009, within the 3rd phase of the project, the book "Vision on Cultural Policy of Moldova: from changes to sustainability" was published. The book was largely inspired by the present Compendium of Cultural Policies Project (Moldova), since the author of the Moldovan profile was also a member of the group of experts. The book paves the way for the capacity building process in the cultural sector of the Republic of Moldova and reflects the results of a series of activities carried out within the multi-year project. The book was disbursed free of charge within the first Cultural Congress in the Republic of Moldova which took place in December 2009.
The Congress united most art and culture workers in Moldova, representatives of central and local authorities, and all NGOs active in the cultural sphere. It was organised by the Institute of Cultural Policies in collaboration with the Soros Foundation Moldova, and with the financial support of the Swedish Agency for International Development (SIDA) and the European Cultural Foundation.
Starting from the premise that the cultural sphere must represent a national priority, the Congress adopted a Resolution that demands the following:
It was decided at the Congress to organise an annual meeting within the cultural sector, thus in December 2010, the 1st General Assembly of Art and Culture Professionals will be held.