The Dutch government believes that the arts and culture should be accessible to all. That is why young people in the Netherlands are exposed to the wealth of art and culture through cultural education. Teaching of this kind must be properly embedded in the curriculum and requires active input from cultural institutions.
To this end, the government has set up a programme to boost the quality of cultural education. Among other things it seeks to:
- make it easier for primary schools and teachers to provide cultural education. Cultural coordinators have been appointed at many schools to ensure that the arts and culture are part of the curriculum;
- establish cultural education as a criterion for obtaining government grants. Cultural institutions must set out their policy on education in grant applications. The degree to which an institution works with schools will be taken into account when assessing such applications.