In 2013, after the reform of culture and arts projects funding system the Lithuanian Council for Culture was founded – an institution for implementation of culture policy. Along with the establishment of LCC the culture self-governance system has been developed as well as culture management system based on the principle of respectful distance. The Lithuanian Council for Culture operates on the basis of the use of modern culture management tools and acts in accordance with the principles of transparency and trust.

The meeting of the members of the Lithuanian Council for Culture is comprised by 10 members appointed for a four-year term by members of cultural community on the proposal of the Minister for Culture and subject to approval by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, representing various fields of culture and arts, as well as the chairman. The chairman of the Lithuanian Council for Culture on the proposal of the Minister for Culture is appointed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and heads the meeting and administration of the members of the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

During the first term of office of the members of the Lithuanian Council for Culture (2013-2017), ca 24 thousand applications were registered, approximately 8,000 projects were funded, ca 1,400 grants awarded.  

In 2017, the second term of office of the Lithuanian Council for Culture launched its activity, and currently includes the following members: chair of the Council, culture manager Daina Urbanavičienė, actor, laureate of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts Vytautas Anužis, representative of national minorities Ema Silvija Bojadžian, art researcher Virginijus Kinčinaitis, art researcher Agnė Narušytė, architect, laureate of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts Rolandas Palekas, theatre researcher Ina Pukelytė, ethnologist Radvila Racėnaitė, art researcher Skaidra Trilupaitytė, literature specialist Dainius Vaitiekūnas and specialist in heritage conservation Ingrida Veliutė.

Objectives of the activity:

Directions of activity:

administers the Culture Support Fund:

• provides funding for culture and arts projects;

• awards grants for culture and arts creators;

• implements supervision of culture and arts projects;

• provides consultations for operators of culture and arts projects.

arranges culture and arts research;

provides proposals and expert conclusions on culture and arts issues;

maintains contacts and cooperation with respective institutions of foreign countries.

Strategic funding directions:

diversity – it is understood, above all, as the dissemination of high-quality artistic and / or cultural initiatives and the efforts to abandon the forms of inertia-dictated activities. On the basis of cultural diversity empathic, open, tolerant and curious society has been developed, which is able not only to accept difference in creation, but also to ensure the conditions for creativity in everyday life.

education – pursue for conditions for all groups of society to disclose and develop their creative potential through active and meaningful participation in cultural activities. Giving meaning and engaging in new experiences builds the self-esteem, empathy and tolerance of others in society, and allows discovering unexpected ways of solving emerging challenges.

accessibility – the aim is to make cultural services accessible and attractive to all groups of the population, regardless of their place of residence, social status, economic status or nationality, in order for each member of the society to receive information about culture, use it and apply it. Consequently, project promoters are encouraged to plan cultural activities by providing for the inclusion of specific groups of the society and taking into account the needs of the population, be it of local or other interests.

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