8.3.5 Basic out-of-school arts and cultural education
The network of special art schools (music, choreographic, art, choral, etc.) consists of 1 455 institutions, among which 279 schools are located in rural areas. The number of students constitutes about 338 000 (including 32 000 in rural areas). Compared to 2009, the number of students increased above 13 000.
Almost all special art schools are financed from local budgets. Teachers and managers of these schools organise performances or exhibitions of their students' works at the end of a school year. Special events can be planned to commemorate famous dates or persons, and they hold literary parties. Thematic excursions to museums, art galleries, theatres, historic sites constitute an essential part of the educational process.
Besides art schools, there are a lot of study groups at local centres for children and youth creativity which offer pre-school and after school training for children. There are also special studios for senior pupils where they can train under supervision of professional artists.