STRATEGIES aimed at promoting the Island’s heritage and arts have been approved by the Council of Ministers.
Few details about the two plans have been published as yet but the government has said more information will be issued at a launch event in the new year.
In a statement, ministers say the Heritage Strategy will ‘ensure’ the government can fulfil its obligations to protect and manage the Island’s heritage assets, in line with international treaties it has signed.
It also states it will provide a framework which will aim to help people ‘understand, value and enjoy’ the Island’s unique and precious heritage assets.
Meanwhile, the Arts Strategy aims to highlight the ways in which arts and culture can contribute to the enhancement of Island life.
The statement adds that it also aims to shine a light on the wider impact of the arts on health and wellbeing, Island identity, international relations and other areas.
Assistant Economic Development Minister Kirsten Morel, who has political responsibility for arts, culture and heritage, said: ‘The States have committed 1% of Jersey’s net revenue expenditure to arts, heritage and culture each year. These frameworks provide a meaningful sense of direction to ensure that the uplift in government spending will be used efficiently, effectively, and for the benefit of all, not just those engaged in these sectors.
‘Both strategies emphasise the importance of developing career paths in both the arts and heritage management, as well as the importance of aligning the sectors by providing a common purpose to do with the flourishing and wellbeing of all Jersey residents. It is great news that they have been fully endorsed by the Council of Ministers, and work now begins on their practical implementation.’