With the Ministry’s support the Art Sector has developed different projects that could help the citizens of Korea to understand the principles and the projects being implemented by the Ministry. 1. By expanding the cultural base of the nation through cultural and art education the Ministry aims to: • Transform schools that are knowledge oriented to culture oriented • Have a tie between the cultural resources and the school education • Establish a basis that will rejuvenate the manner of how culture and art are being taught.
Alongside its dealings with the Arts Council Korea, the Ministry of Culture has improved the structure, circulation and magnification of culture and the arts; this is especially evident with the development of a cultural artistic market which the public have become consumers of. Although the Arts Council Korea is funded by the Ministry of Culture it does not nominate the Arts Council head, maintaining an arm’s length principle. 5. 3 Ministry of Culture and Tourism Organization and Budget
The current organizational structure of the Ministry composes of the Minister; reporting directly to the Minister are the Policy Advisors, Spokesperson, and Inspector General; under the Spokesperson is the Public Relations Officer and under the Inspector General is the Audit & Inspection Officer. This chart shows the responsibilities of the Ministers and the divisions that are under with each Ministers and offices. As mentioned, the Ministry budget accounts for 1. 06 percent of the total government budget.
The Ministry usually spends their budget on the expansion and magnification of the Cultural Artistic Promotion. The government’s budget organizational direction up to 2007 was on the promotion of cultural artistic expansion, cultural participation magnification and foundation artistic competitive power reinforcement and traditional art. Cultural Artistic Promotion expansion and magnification entails a series of cultural centres established in numerous places around the world to promote South Korean culture to various nations around the world.
For the Arts Council Korea, financial resources are based on the national treasury, culture and art promotion funds, lottery funds, and earnings from other businesses in the film, broadcasting, and advertising industries. The annual budget for 2005 was 90 billion KRW, consisting of 40 billion KRW of the sector’s own earnings, including interest income from the culture and art promotion funds, and 49. 8 billion KRW from lottery funds.
Currently the culture and art promotion funds amount to 520 billion KRW in total (Financial Resources and Budget, 2005). In the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s efforts, they aim to consider the welfare of citizens of all ages and from all walks of life, that will help inform the public about regarding the aims of the ministry in promoting all domains of culture. The following are the aims of the projects of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The promotion of cultural activities and improvement of leisure culture. : • To enhance social recognition of the importance of leisure • To create various conditions that enable people to locate their own extra time and indulge in their own desirable leisure activities • To establish a system that minimizes the social side effects caused by private businesses • To promote functions of comprehensive leisure-related policies (The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 2007).