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The Minister for Culture stresses the value of arts for society with a programme to support art projects with a clear impact in fields like health care, climate, or in neighbourhoods.

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Netherlands/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and debates  

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

The budget cuts of State Secretary Halbe Zijlstra of the Rutte 1 Cabinet 2010-2012 stoked a heated debate between politicians and among citizens about the government's role in the cultural sector. The policy memorandum reanimated the pre-existing debate about the connection between supply and demand and, more generally, the legitimisation of public support in the field of arts and culture. The policy prompted cultural institutions and artists to develop creative solutions and initiatives to maintain their activities on the level they were used to. The current minister for Culture, Jet Bussemaker, stresses the value of arts for society. As a result the programme The Art of Impact came into being which will stimulate art projects with a clear impact on society, in fields like health care, climate, or in neighbourhoods. For the period 2015-2016 above EUR 7 million is available. The Art of Impact is a collaboration of the culture ministry with the six public culture funds: Performing Arts Fund, Cultural Participation Fund, Mondriaan Fund, Dutch Foundation  for Literature, Netherlands Film Fund and the Creative Industries Fund. In line with the idea of art, reaching out to other domains in society, the Academy of Arts [Akademie van Kunsten] of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) is reinstalled to reinforce the old connection between the arts and the sciences.

Chapter published: 13-03-2017

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