The network of special art schools (music, choreographic, art, choral, etc.) consists of 1 256 institutions, among which 250 schools are located in rural areas. The number of students constitutes 304 701 (including 31 732 in rural areas). Compared to 2013, the number of schools decreased almost by 100 (see also chapter 5.2).
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.