Culture is one of the elements of the country that influences how Mexico is perceived in the world. Home to hundreds of unique indigenous cultures, renowned artists and celebrated authors, Mexico has finally seen the creation of a Ministry of Culture to help boost cultural awareness both nationally and internationally.
In 2015, the Mexican Senate approved the new ministry after three special cultural committees proposed to create a body to oversee cultural policies and funding. Up until now, the country’s cultural decisions were made within the body of the Public Education Ministry.
What is sought with the new ministry is that “with more order in the sector and better coordination, more resources will arrive, not bureaucracy, but that culture will begin to be seen differently in our country,” said Zoe Robledo, from the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution or PRD.
The senator added that culture is not only for attracting tourism and investment, “but it is one of the elements of the country that influences how (Mexico) is perceived in the world.”
National Council for Culture and Arts (Conaculta) was created to coordinate cultural and artistic policies, organizations, and agencies. Also, it is dedicated to promote, support and sponsor events that foster culture and arts.
The immediate precedent of Conaculta was the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Public Education; However, it became independent by presidential decree in 1988, annexing all institutions, departments and agencies from other ministries with mandates of a cultural nature.
Among the reasons that led to its foundation is its role in stimulating and encouraging both artistic and cultural creation, ensuring full freedom of creators. In the same way, it was considered that Conaculta should encourage artistic expressions of social groups from different regions across the country in order to promote, preserve and enrich historic, artistic and cultural heritage of the nation.
Foundation: December 7, 1988
Mission: Conaculta is the institution responsible for fully preserving Mexico’s cultural heritage in all its artistic and cultural manifestations and also stimulating programs towards its creation, development and diffusion.
The actions of Conaculta are designed to maintain a professional commitment that benefits all of Mexican society to the promotion and dissemination of the artistic and cultural sector.
Vision: To become the most relevant national institution in the cultural and artistic sector. To stimulate artistic and cultural creation by ensuring full creative freedom. This, in acknowledgment of the fact that it is the duty of the State to promote and disseminate national identity and heritage.
To elevate the presence of Mexican art and culture through projects, exhibitions, cultural events, and cinematography.