Group manager

Kolesnikova Viktoriia
Phone: 0502868146
bibliarch7@gmail.com

Lead expert

Kryvda Nataliia
n.kryvda@britishmba.in.ua

Civil Society Organisations:

  • Ukrainian Archaeologists Union
  • Congress of Cultural Activists
ISSUES TO BE RESOLVED BY THE REFORM

The sphere of culture in Ukraine has not undergone any fundamental changes since independence. For the government, it still remains a field of minor importance. Such short-sighted policy results in the government “investing” the limited funds and limited human resources in the maximum containment of social development and maintaining a closed, quasi-aristocratic way of culture perception and consumption instead of promoting a democratic, participatory and open one. The level of cultural competence and cultural practices of Ukrainians is considerably lower than that of European residents, which adversely affects the efficiency of labour and social adaptability of the population, resulting in susceptibility to political and other manipulation, as well as reduced public conscience.
The network of cultural institutions, remaining from Soviet times, is not used as a tool to spread new senses. It has not been mapped, neither has its technical and human potential been assessed. These institutions have not been transformed into local community information and cultural centers.
Little attention is paid to the protection of cultural heritage, which is the property of Ukrainian people and an integral part of the European and universal cultural heritage. There is no systematic approach to the registration, protection and use of rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage of our state. As a result, the cultural heritage is being ruined, becoming an object of abuse and corruption.
Culture is seen as a realm that develops on its own and needs no support, as the realm of something entertaining, optional and often redundant; therefore, neutralizing the capacity of culture as an instrument of reconciliation, innovation, acquisition of knowledge and competencies, and channel of communication with other audiences. Moreover, culture is not seen as part of the economy, the economic and innovative potential of cultural and creative industries is disregarded as well as the gradual transition of some cultural practices from the subsidized to profitable area.
The values orientation acquired in the days of authoritarian and paternalistic society hampers reforms. The cultural policy should be used as the meaningful basis for the process of reforming Ukrainian society. The inclusion of culture in all political and state development and reform programs should become a standard practice. The reform priorities are aimed at transition from the rigid hierarchical, centralized model and command control mode in culture to a horizontal, participatory model, to a model of open access that includes: building the capacity of an individual (through diverse forms of education) as well as the capacity of public institutions; active involvement of the professional community (experts) in the discussion and decision-making; transparency of decision-making and accountability of those who take these decisions; a system of relations in society based on the principles of open access. Open access implies fair equal opportunities in access to services or resources; competition of competence and professionalism rather than privilege, patronage and corruption; struggle for the favour of consumers rather than that of authorities.

GOAL І. INCLUSIVE AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE IN CULTURE
  1. Formalize legislatively the basic directions of cultural policy, and include cultural priorities in public development and reform programs.

Decision-making authority: Verkhovna Rada.

  1. Reorganize the Ministry of Culture; in particular, create the following departments: of strategic planning, promotion of culture, national memorial days, creative industries, safety of cultural heritage in emergency situations. Ensure effective horizontal cooperation among all the departments of the Ministry of Culture.

Decision-making authority: Ministry of Culture.

  1. Create an advisory Minister’s Council through the election procedure where candidates are nominated and elected by professional NGOs, creative unions and cultural organizations representing both the public and private sectors.

Decision-making authority: Ministry of Culture.

  1. Continuously monitor the appointment of the heads of cultural institutions implemented on the competitive basis.

Decision-making authority: Ministry of Culture.

GOAL ІІ. CREATING A LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A COMMUNITY FOCUSED ACTIVITY MODEL FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
  1. Establish the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

Decision-making authority: Verkhovna Rada, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

  1. Introduce tax and fiscal incentives for art patronage and other charitable activities.

Decision-making authority: Verkhovna Rada.

  1. Expand opportunities for cultural consumption, particularly through social standards: include costs for cultural needs in the minimum consumer basket.

Decision-making authority: Verkhovna Rada, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

  1. Provide legislatively for the transparency of collective management organizations, especially the transparency in collecting and distributing rewards.

Decision-making authority: Verkhovna Rada.

GOAL ІІІ. HIGH-QUALITY AND ACCESSIBLE PROFESSIONAL,
ART AND CULTURAL STUDIES EDUCATION
  1. Implement a program of special communicative and educational activities in the regions.

Decision-making authority: Ministry of Culture.

  1. Increase the institutional capacity of cultural institutions of all forms of ownership through educational programs on the "equal-to-equal" basis.

Decision-making authority: Ministry of Culture.

GOAL ІV. DEVELOPED EDUCATION, INNOVATION AND COMMUNICATION POTENTIAL OF CULTURE
  1. Implement expert assessment and audit of the basic network of cultural institutions in order to increase its capacity.

Decision-making authority: Ministry of Culture.

  1. Develop a common model of local cultural institutions within the decentralization framework.

Decision-making authority: Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

  1. Embark on compiling and making public electronic registers of movable and immovable cultural heritage.

Decision-making authority: Ministry of Culture.

  1. Ensure legislatively proper protection of cultural heritage.

Decision-making authority: Verkhovna Rada, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

  1. Implement effective approaches to the promotion of Ukrainian culture abroad, specifically via the mechanism of support for the most capable players ready to represent Ukrainian culture abroad.

Decision-making authority: Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

  1. Implement a professional and transparent strategic planning of the development of cultural and creative industries. Provide legal support for the reform of the national film industry, the market of film (audio- visual) products and theatrical business.

Decision-making authority: Verkhovna Rada, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

GOAL V. REINFORCING THE ROLE OF CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING IN SOCIETY
  1. Сreate within the Ministry of Culture a support program for professional exchanges within Ukraine in order to establish trust and understanding between different regions of Ukraine.

Decision-making authority: Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

  1. Create within the Ministry of Culture an operational support program for cultural initiatives aimed at a dialogue and cooperation among the regions of Ukraine.

Decision-making authority: Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture.

  1. Support the restoration of cultural heritage and conducting cultural events in areas affected by the armed conflict, which will make it possible for the affected communities to restore their sense of dignity and a normal life, using the universal language of art. Include cultural context in the initiatives for conflict resolution and peace-building processes.

Decision-making authority: Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Culture

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Group experts

  • Bilera Oleksandr
  • Haidukevych Anastasiia
  • Haletii Serhii
  • Kolesnikova Viktoriia
  • Korvin-Piotrovskyi Anton
  • Kryvda Nataliia
  • Malyshev Oleksandr
  • Nychai Liudmyla
  • Pravylo Olena
  • Valevskyi Oleksii
  • Shum Liusiena
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