To improve the cultural administration of Taiwan, the Ministry of Culture convened a national meeting at the Civil Service Development Institute in Taipei. Apart from ministerial officers, participants of the Sept. 12 meeting also included representatives from regional cultural bureaus and affiliated cultural institutions.
During the conference, the participants were briefed on an overview of the newly revised Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法) and optimization of the government's book-purchasing process to enhance the quality of books purchased for the public.
Participants also discussed how to implement cultural education with more flexibility and exposure, possible community collaboration and development plans for museums and local cultural centers, and methods to deepen cooperation with local government agencies to promote cultural affairs.
The first topic of discussion was "how to implement cultural education.” Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun said the Ministry of Culture will work together with the Ministry of Education to hold events at schools of all levels, and that the Ministry of Culture will also collaborate with art venues to offer extracurricular opportunities for the next generation to experience their own culture.
Hsieh Pei-ni (謝佩霓) Cultural Affairs Commissioner of the Taipei City Government, was also invited to the discussion to share her thoughts on the virtuous cycle of national cultural participation and her experience in enriching the cultural environment of Taipei.
The second topic of discussion was "matters related to museums, local cultural centers, and local cultural collaboration.” The Ministry of Culture plans to invest funds of up to NT$2.252 billion between 2016 and 2021 to promote the development of museums and local cultural centers. The guiding principles are to help such venues move towards specialization, localization, and sustainable development.
The funds are aimed at strengthening the infrastructure and capabilities of both public and private venues, while city and county governments are entrusted with the task of positioning and marketing their respective clusters of museums and local cultural centers.
Addressing the conference, the Minister compared the cultivation of culture and heritage to the growth of a sapling. Only by rooting deep and taking in local nutrients can a sapling grow into a large tree that has its own characteristics.
With the support of the Executive Yuan, the national cultural budget for 2017 saw an increase of 17%, which marks the largest growth in recent years. The Ministry of Culture will continue to engage local government agencies and integrate regional resources to jointly usher in a new Taiwanese renaissance.