Culture Factories

Where
Uruguay
When
2012
Who
National Directorate of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture
Key objectives of the measure:

The Culture Factories were set up in 2009 as fully equipped regional centres. Each factory has a small auditorium, a video studio, editing and production facilities, a music room with instruments and a multipurpose space for workshops. Their purpose is the promotion of creative potential with the help of new communications and culture-related technologies to stimulate training and production in the area of culture by promoting social inclusion, particularly of young people in poverty. (http://www.mec.gub.uy/mecweb/container.jsp?contentid=3584&site=8&chanel=mecweb&3colid=3584).

Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
The central coordinating team of the factories stresses the need to extend the training workshops, mainly in the audiovisual area. Coordination between the factories should be strengthened.

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, National
Main feature of the measure:

People at grassroots level send a request to the Directorate of Culture. Following the request state-owned community spaces or rooms let by civil society organisations in suburban neighbourhoods of the capital, towns and villages in the interior of the country or prisons are renovated. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

US$556,504.00 

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The users´ cultural production (discs, audiovisuals) contributes to the social development in the area, because it supports networking and the inclusion of vulnerable sections of the population. The training clears the way for local cultural projects, which create direct income and help gain access to other fields of work.

Indicators used to determine impact:
Infrastructure: 12 factories installed. Participation: about 4000 users, 70%-75% of whom are adolescents and young adults (up to 35 years). 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Production
Participation