Community Living Culture Program

Metropolitan Municipality of Lima - Directorate of Culture - Subdirectorate of Cultural Promotion and Citizenship
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The program was created by Ordinance No. 1673-2019 and its jurisdiction covers Metropolitan Lima. It recognizes and registers community living culture groups that, through artistic, communicational and/or cultural proposals, generate local development in their territories or neighborhoods. Such groups are registered in the Community Living Culture Groups Database, which allows them to access a series of benefits such as: 1) competitions with pecuniary awards for the financing of cultural initiatives for the benefit of the communities, such as festivals, workshops and others; 2) continuous training and development of experiences by the registered groups; 3) logistical support for the development of their actions; 4) participation in activities organized by the municipality, with the aim of promoting cultural rights, democratization of access to cultural goods and services, development of artistic appreciation and creation skills, and the activation of public spaces.

The program keeps a participatory management through constant spaces to talk about actions and improvements to the program, strengthening the exercise of cultural democracy.

The program keeps a continuous call and registration strategy for new groups to register in the database.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

2016 to 2019:

The program's activities have attended 433,336 citizens of Lima.

The second (2017), third (2018) and fourth (2019) editions of the Annual Art and Community Projects Competition have been conducted. Approximately PEN 200,000 (USD 60,060) have been invested in each edition, and a total of 40 projects have been financed in the three years.

In 2019, the 4th Community Living Culture International Seminar was conducted, bringing together more than 40 national and international speakers with the aim to discuss and reflect on the achievements and perspectives on the subject.

As of the end of 2019, 57 community living culture groups from 17 districts of Metropolitan Lima are registered. It should be noted that, at the start of the 2015-2018 administration, there were approximately 70 groups registered. However, a good number of groups withdrew during the course of the administration, so by the end of the term, there were 50 groups.
During 2019, a call and guidance strategy has been implemented for registration in the Database.

NOTE: It should be noted that, since the information requested in this item corresponds to the 2015-2018 municipal administration, we are gathering information from the municipal archives, in order to send a more accurate update of the results requested.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Approximately USD 203,724.44 per year.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Community Living Culture Organizations
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The Community Living Culture Program has indicators of compliance and results of its intervention based on the 2019 performance.

During 2019, fifteen open plenary sessions were conducted for the groups of the Database, with which it was possible to generate a dialogue and consensus for the programming of the activities of that year. Fourteen cultural projects were financed through the Annual Art and Community Projects Competition with a fund of PEN 175,000.00. Likewise, economic incentives were granted to four groups with a fund of PEN 10,000.00, while nine groups received technical and logistical support for the development and continuity of their activities throughout the year. As part of the activities financed to address vulnerable populations, 80 shows were presented in public schools from different areas of Lima; and twelve community workshops were conducted for the populations surrounding the Program's groups. Finally, forty workshops and artistic presentations were conducted at five festivals that took place in public spaces.

As of December 2019, there were 53 groups registered in 18 districts of Metropolitan Lima, from where they contribute to their local development through art and culture. Out of this total, 40 organizations (76%) participated in the activities and competitions outlined in the previous paragraph. In total, during 2019, more than 60 thousand people were benefited, most of them being children and adolescents. Additionally, community coordination was strengthened through the organization of the 4th International Seminar on Living Community Culture, an event that had over 2,000 attendees over four days of lectures, activities, specialized workshops, and open to all public.

Currently, we have identified the need to develop an evaluation study that measures the impact of the program on the groups, in terms of its organizational strengthening and sustainability, and on the actual beneficiaries, in terms of the individual and collective development achieved through the arts and culture.