Saturday, August 19, 2017

Southern Urals region to receive extra funding for cultural projects

At a recent meeting of the Chelyabinsk region's Ministry of Culture, Acting Governor Boris Dubrovsky announced a new initiative to boost funding for regional cultural projects.

"When it comes to industry, we can say is produced, we can estimate market share and profits," Dubrovsky said, according to Pravda.ru. "When it comes to culture, we speak about theaters, libraries and salaries. We all understand that one should be proud of culture. I would be proud if I were told that we had no abandoned children and the elderly, no alcoholism and drug addiction. This the result that should be."

Unlike other recent proposals to increase Russia's cultural footprint on the world, Dubrovsky's does not measure success quantitatively, but rather qualitatively.

The governor plans to organize 14 theater events and 53 museum exhibition events in his region throughout the year.

"I totally agree with Chelyabinsk Governor Boris Dubrovsky," Duma Culture Committee Chairman Elena Drapeko said, according to Pravda.ru. "This echoes with recent statements from President Vladimir Putin about the role of culture. During the past 20 years, they tried to turn art into the sphere of services. Cultural workers were resisting, explaining to authorities that culture should create a system of values for people, that it should unite people. This has always been the case since most ancient times. All rubbish in history eventually erodes, and only genuine works of art, with genuine values are left. We must ensure out children have access to genuine culture and the ability to engage in creative work."