Management of Culture Programmes and Projects


  • Audronė Pauliukevičiūtė, Alvydas Raipa Kaunas University of Technology


culture policy, management efficiency, culture programme, national culture priorities, project management.


As rates of economic growth change rapidly and changes of the whole of social needs as well as technological
development in various countries have to be taken into consideration, it is extremely important
in the 21st century to pay adequate attention to the formulation and implementation of culture policy,
as one of the most unique and difficult to manage areas of public policy, by evaluating various practices,
comparing methods of culture policy administration in different states and by analyzing culture programmes
and projects. Culture programmes and projects are not only a purposeful instrumentation in the policy
implementation processes but also possibility to ensure dispersion of the democracy principle which
creates alternative conditions to everyone who corresponds criteria of the state support and files claim for
appropriate solution of cultural problems to not only gain neccesary support in realizing one‘s ideas but
also facilitate the mission of culture policy implementation, which is of national importance. Culture programme
and project management is being related to purposeful control and coordination of the culture
programme formation, where goals of national strategies in a specific country as individuality of regional
cultural needs have to be taken into consideration as well as the best world practices are to be adopted.
Programmes and organizations that support various cultural areas or culture projects provide undeniable
input into formation and implementation of Lithuanian culture policy. Regulations of the EU structural
funds do not distinguish culture as a separate investment priority. That is why the ministry of culture of
the Republic of Lithuania is not an intermediary institution assimilating financial resources of the structural
funds, which makes it more complicated to use the financial resources of the funds for culture financing
purposes. The purpose of this article is to analyze the system of culture programmes and project management
by refering to the analysis and characterization of the state financed culture programme goals, results of the individual culture projects and examination of management process. By relating major liability
of culture programmes implementation to the activity of the subjects in the public sector, it is important
to note that programme formation and correspondence of the project goals in the programmes to the
named is often influenced by the praxis of global culture programmes implementation.