Assistance Program for Specific Audiences (PAPE)
The CONACULTA, through its General Department of Cultural Liaisons (DGVC, for its acronym in Spanish), created since 2001 the “Assistance Program for Specific Audiences (PAPE)” with the objective of giving free access to the enjoyment of cultural goods and services to marginalized groups in society (due to vulnerability, disability, loss of freedom as a consequence of breaking the law, senescence, family or social abandonment, or as a consequence of a disease) with the objective of giving them the opportunity to grow as individuals and to integrate them in the nation's social development.
This program promotes the development of new cultural participants with a positive and participative intervention around the cultural heritage, opening new channels for expressing their artistic curiosity under suitable conditions. The project is aimed at senior citizens, migrant groups, people with special needs, people living at a hospital or hospice, inmates at social readaptation centers children and youth at risk, among others.
It also brings together in its design and application the country's 31 states and Mexico City on cultural matters through joint programs between the federal, state and municipal governments along with the society's participation.
Some of the most significant results are: promoting among the previously mentioned audiences the access, participation and enjoyment of cultural goods and services; producing projects which have as guiding principle the culture of inclusion and that work towards raising awareness about the difficulties faced by people with special needs; creating, along with cultural institutions in the states, political policies and programs that encourage specific sectors of society to approach the different cultural and artistic expressions.
From 2012 to 2015, the federal government contributed with $10,726,500 MXN.
The state institutions of culture made a two-part contribution through a joint fund with the Secretariat of Culture with which 22,298 cultural inclusion activities were supported, reaching 137,681 people.
Currently, 26 states take part in the program: Aguascalientes, Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Estado de México, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala and Zacatecas.