Chile/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.3 Status and partnerships of public cultural institutions

Public cultural institutions are generally coordinated by State institutions such as the National Council on Culture and Arts through its Red Cultura program; see Chapter 7.1, DIBAM, the National Monuments Council, universities, regional governments or municipalities.

On the other hand, it should be noted that the National Council on Culture and Arts funds private non-profit corporations and foundations that work towards developing the national cultural field (see Chapter 6), some of which are administrators of large cultural infrastructure spaces. The Chilean State’s collaboration with these institutions usually involves the Presiding Minister of the National Council on Culture and Arts or the Minister of Education participating as the chairman of one of their boards. The following are few examples of these organizations:

-        Corporación Cultural Gabriela Mistral: The corporation administers the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center), opened in 2010 as part of Chile’s Bicentenary celebrations in facilities built between 1971 and 1972 as the venue of the third UNCTAD World Conference. Its reopening as a cultural center is the fulfilment of the Salvador Allende government’s project for the building to be used for culture and the arts. For more information, visit

-        Corporación Cultural Estación Mapocho: This corporation, created in 1991, administers the Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho (Mapocho Station Cultural Center), a former train station in downtown Santiago. The center was awarded the Reina Sofía International Award for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, 2008, given by the Kingdom of Spain. For more information, visit

-        Fundación Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda: The foundation administers the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda (La Moneda Palace Cultural Center), opened in 2006 and located under the Plaza de la Ciudadanía (Citizenship Square), in front of the La Moneda Presidential Palace, the seat of government in Chile. For more information, visit

-        Corporación Cultural Balmaceda Arte Joven: This corporation, established in 1992, administers infrastructure and programs to encourage artistic creation and provide education in the arts for young people of limited resources from the Metropolitan, Antofagasta, Valparaíso, Biobío and Los Lagos Regions. For more information, visit

-        Corporación Cultural Matucana 100: This corporation was founded in 2001 to administer the Centro Cultural Matucana 100, a cultural center located in warehouses formerly belonging to the State Supplies Directorate. Its mission is to provide visitors with a top-quality artistic experience, to ensure that a range of publics has access to the arts and to create spaces for debate, reflection and education. For more information, visit

-        Corporación Parque Cultural de Valparaíso: This corporation was created in 2011 and is responsible for administering the Valparaíso cultural park that was created by the renovation of the space previously used by the City Prison. For more information, visit

Chapter published: 28-12-2013