Sverdlovsk to provide up to $21,000 in subsidies to folk artists
President Putin first instructed the federal government to allocate funds to subsidize Russian folk artists during the economic collapse of 2009 in an effort to revitalize and preserve the trade, as well as create jobs. Earlier this year, the Sverdlovsk region approved a measure to encourage the production of folk art within the region through a government subsidy program, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.
"You need to hold the interest of all the forces of the Urals to the traditional folk arts," Ural lacquer painter Vladimir Onishchenko said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "The problem today is our power, and social responsibility of businesses."
Typical Ural region folk art includes jewelry, ceramics, metal forging and twig furniture. Folk artists from across the Urals will be exhibiting for the first time at next year's all-Russian craft fair in Moscow.
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