Freedom of artistic expression is guaranteed in the Charter of Rights of Freedoms as part of the Constitution order of the Czech Republic (Constitutional ActNo. 2/1993 Coll. as amended in Constitutional Act No. 162/1998 Coll.).
One of the priorities in the State Cultural Policy in effect to date is support for access to culture, in particular through proposed cooperation with the MEYS on programmes for the development of cultural skills among different segments of the population, strengthening the teaching of cultural skills and knowledge about culture, and improving access to culture by means of free admission to selected exhibitions in museums and galleries.
Cultural institutions create various programmes designed to make culture accessible to the public and they participate in special programmes to improve skills in this area – such as those offered by the Art Institute’s Academy. Nevertheless, the inter-minsterial cooperation with the MEYS envisioned in the State Cultural Policy was not established during the observed period.
Another priority of the State Cultural Policy was to increase the effectiveness of copyright protection and increase awareness of authors’ rights. The shift towards increased digitisation combined with inadequate legal awareness of authorship rights in the arts as a whole has long resulted in unequal access to a proper level of remuneration for artists, and this represents a key problem in the arts.