n South African Journal of Higher Education - Cultural policy and arts management curriculum in South Africa's education system : lessons for good governance

Volume 28, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Cultural policy and arts management studies as a field of public inquiry is relatively old and has generated much literature worldwide. It has gained strong currency as an educational and research concept for the humanities and social sciences. To date, research journals and academic courses in the field have proliferated especially at tertiary education level for the benefit of scholars, government officials, arts managers, policy makers, and so forth. South Africa is lagging behind in this regard in that many of the country's higher education institutions (HEIs) do not offer training in cultural policy and arts management. This is symptomatic of poor crafting and positioning of arts education within the broader education system in South Africa. This article discusses the importance of broadening the scope of arts education in South Africa to include cultural policy and arts management studies, as well as related subjects, and placing them at the centre of academic inquiry, from school to tertiary education level, so as to bring about or create conditions of good cultural governance across the broad institutional spectrum.

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