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National Council for Culture and the Arts

Street address:   2nd Floor (Elevator C), 39 Sha’ul Ha’melech Boulevard (corner Leonardo da Vinci Street), Tel Aviv 65149
Telephone number:   972 3 693 5523/5
Fax number:   972 3 695 1769
Proprietor:   Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Contact:   Micha Ynon Chairperson
  Ora Yaznieli Secretary

Founded in 1959 at the recommendation of the late Zalman Aranne, then Minister of Education and Culture, the Council is the professional and public arm of the Culture and Arts Administration (CAA) in Israel. The criteria for allocating budgets to cultural and artistic institutions, as revised in 1992, stipulate that the approval of all such allocations be subject to consultation with the Council. The Council’s essential role is to channel advice and recommendations to the CAA’s Culture and Arts Division. Appointed every year by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports and approved by the government, it comprises some 160-170 members. It is divided into various different sector committees of around 20 people each, namely Arab Culture, Druze Heritage, Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Libraries and Museums. Most of these sector committees correspond to, and work closely with, the Departments within the CAA’s Culture and Arts Division (see p XX) which are responsible for administering subsidy to Israel’s cultural sector. Since regular annual support for the artistic establishment depends upon the Council’s positive recommendations, each sector committee includes leading figures from all walks of cultural life. Once every month an executive group comprising the chairpersons of each sector committee meets to consolidate the artistic advice of each sector and to channel recommendations to the Culture and Arts Administration. In this way, the Council scrutinises the activities of cultural establishments already receiving annual support, approves applications for new projects, recommends and proposes new ideas for overall policy in arts and culture and deals with any urgent cultural problems which may have arisen.