UNESCO Cultural Management and Cultural Policy department is an academic branch of Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) – the first department of such a specialization in the Baltic countries founded in 1999 by the three-party agreement between VAA, the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania and UNESCO.
The Department is part of the international network UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme and is an associated member of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres.
The aim of the Department is to educate cultural managers, visionaries of new cultural initiatives, capable to act creatively, independently and with responsibility in different fields of cultural management and cultural policy, to influence them in a purposeful manner, locally and internationally, encourage innovation; to act in the constantly changing cultural, social and economic environment; to perform different roles of cultural management and policy maker in the state, non-governmental and private cultural institutions
The Department runs following study programmes since 2011:
Cultural Management and Cultural Policy BA
Cultural Management and Cultural Policy MA
Design Management MA
Contemporary Arts Practice and Dissemination (Curating) MA
The Department is located in a newly renovated (2009), modern VAA Titanikas building. The Department makes use of 3 regular auditoriums (143 square meters) able to receive 15 - 48 students. All the auditoriums are supplied with computers and video equipment, the Internet connection, and the largest of the classrooms has an interactive board. The Department also has access to television and sound equipment that may be necessary for study process; photography, film and video cameras, microphones, audio recorders and adequate software. The Department also has the Learning Resource Office which holds speciality literature and student graduation papers.
Alongside the facilities of the Department students are able to use the general study facilities – a conference room of 70-80 seats), exhibition spaces, technological workshops with their equipment (Safety of Work instructions are required).
The additional infrastructure of Vilnius Academy of Arts – its workshops, galleries, and the grounds for practical work in Mizarai village, in Nida and the Panemunė Castle, – plays an important role in the implementation of the study programme aims.
The teachers of the programme are intensely involved, on expert status, in the activities of state institutions (the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Research Council of Lithuania ) - national strategic cultural and academic projects.
Among more significant projects are the following: Feasibility Study of Lithuanian Cultural and Creative Industries, 2010-2011, The Feasibility Study of the Development of Vilnius Cultural Policy, 2010; The Research of Panevėžys City Cultural Infrastructure and the Adequacy of Services to the Population Needs, 2011. The Scientific Research and Art Project “The Baltic Art“, was launched on basis of the agreements with 25 institutions of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany. Lithuanian regions benefited from applied research and art projects, such as “The Mažeikiai Region: Among Curonians, Semigallians and Samogitians”.
Since 2008, on the initiative of the Department, twice a year a specialized collection of reviewed scholarly articles in social sciences is being published as part of the periodical series of the scholarly publications Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis. It carries articles on relevant cultural management and cultural policy themes by the teachers of the Department, by its graduates and stakeholders.
Most of the academic staff of the Department are active players of the cultural field – running exhibitions, cinema and musių festivals, socio-cultural projects.