Chile/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.8 Social cohesion and cultural policies

Within Chilean cultural policy oriented towards social cohesion, an important experience has been that of the programme Creating Chile in my Neighbourhood, which promoted the conformation of Neighbourhood Cultural Committees promoting participation in culture, dissemination, access and development of audiences in territorial units focused by the National Council for Culture and the Arts, seeking to strengthen the artistic, cultural, creative and entrepreneurial capacities in the territorial units selected by CNCA. The programme operated on the basis of two components, and is now in its final stage:

  1. Development of Participatory Plans of Artistic-Cultural Development.
  2. Artistic Itinerancy at the local level.

For further information on this programme, please see Research on good practices of social capital and cultural leadership in neighbourhood cultural committees (CNCA, 2012d).

As a continuation of this programme, CNCA developed the Cultural Country Service programme (Programme of Support to Local Cultural Development). On the basis of the important work of the Foundation for Overcoming Poverty, CNCA decided to articulate its actions of territorial work with this organisation, seeking to coordinate the tasks of socioeconomic public support with those of an artistic and cultural nature. This programme is currently administrated by the Line of Work of Support to the Development of Local Culture, of the Department of Citizenship and Culture. 

Research conducted (CNCA, 2012d & 2013) shows the significant shortfalls that this programme and its predecessor presented in terms of design, record, monitoring and evaluation; making it difficult to identify its achievements and eventual impacts on the population. No doubt, it is a problem that CNCA must assume in terms of public policy, with regards to proving the hypotheses on cultural participation that have driven the cultural policy of the country in the last twenty years.

Another hugely important programme is the Schools of Rock, whose mission is to achieve audience loyalty and develop audiences through processes of artistic education, management, and dissemination of Chilean rock and popular music. It brings together the interests of musicians and cultural promoters, focusing on vulnerable contexts seeking to involve young people and the development of audiences at a decentralised level (CNCA. 2011t).

Finally, it is important to note that a large part of the initiatives in the Department of Citizenship and Culture are articulated under the Culture Network initiative, which aims at promoting the circulation of artistic and cultural contents in the country, and promoting the installation of capacities in the local governments, strengthening cultural management at the local level. For further information on Culture Network, please visit the following website:

Chapter published: 28-12-2013