The Art Policy of Turkish Governments
The important factor combination for nations is social justice, equal rights and freedom. But as driving power of the combination is art, education and culture, shaping them all and setting their priority. The governments' development of art, education and culture leads to disputes that may impede that development. Governments set up a regular plan of development and carry it out during their active period. They frequently counteract the previous government's program the pursue goals ignored by it. This back-and-forth behavior is a waste of time. In my opinion the government ought to constitute a committee for defining the nation's art, education, and culture policy. This committee needs to be independent of the government. The persons appointed must be practicing artists on the one hand and have education and culture experience also. Additionally, committee members ought not reflect their personal political opinion into their art and culture recommendations. The policies executed by such a committee would provide stability and would be able to correct faulty policies. To demonstrate reasons to support my idea I have reviewed government policies from the first Turkish Government of 1924 down to the present day and chosen relevant examples.
Keywords: Arts, Government, Policy
Prof. Saime Dönmezer
Associate Professor, Print Department