Cultural Sharing Project
The Culture Sharing Project is a leading cultural enjoyment project which targets the culturally marginalized such as those living in rural or remote areas with weak cultural infrastructure, the disabled and the elderly with low accessibility, and multicultural families facing social barriers.
With the objective of enhancing people’s cultural enjoyment, this project is a representative cultural welfare project for the economically, socially, and geographically marginalized.
The Culture Sharing Project began in 2004 for culturally marginalized people with funding from the lottery. It is divided into three projects: “Culture Vouchers,” “Cultural Tours for the Marginalized,” and “Create a Living Culture Community.” “Culture Vouchers” (Munhwa Nuri Card) offers opportunities for beneficiaries, who find it difficult to enjoy culture and arts in daily life due to economic, social, and geographical difficulties, to enjoy performances, exhibitions, and films, purchase music albums and books, travel within Korea, and go to professional sports games. “Cultural Tours for the Marginalized” aims to provide various culture and arts enjoyment and participation programmes in culturally alienated areas. In 2014, the project will be concentrated on cities and counties where the use of cultural vouchers was not carried out smoothly. A special tour programme will also be provided to remote or isolated areas such as shantytowns and island villages. The pilot project contest for the “Create a Living Culture Community” was hosted in July 2009 and seven groups in seven areas were selected in August 2009 to implement the project.
The target groups include culturally alienated areas throughout the country such as lease apartment complexes, areas concentrated with detached houses for low-income earners, and agricultural, mountain, and fishing villages. The project helps people communicate with neighbors and creatively solve problems of the community through diverse culture and arts activities.