Ministry Takes First Step Toward Grants for Arts

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has taken the first step toward setting up grant funding for the arts, ministry officials said on Fri­day.

Moulnithi Tratrong Ning Ak­phivath Silapak Cheat—the foundation for national arts support and development—was established late last month, Hab Touch, the minis­try’s director-general of intangible heritage, confirmed on Friday.

How arts organizations and artists may apply for funds—and where the money will come from—remained to be determined, he added.

Sin Chan­saya, director of the ministry’s film department, welcomed the news.

“Few people write literature nowadays because the income is too low,” he said Friday. “If income can be higher, more experienced writers may join in and write literary works.”

The ministry has held several meetings with arts organizations in recent years, and one of the requests made by organizations and artists has been access to grant funding.

The Culture Ministry is tasked with supporting the development of culture and arts in the country, and also funds the Royal University of Fine Arts and the Sec­ondary School of Fine Arts, which train visual and performing artists, circus performers, musicians and others.

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