CFK creates Culture Ministry
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has decreed the creation of the Culture Ministry to be headed by folk singer Teresa Parodi. Prior to the decision, Argentina’s cultural affairs were run by Secretary Jorge Coscia.
The 641 decree was published today in the official gazette explaining the new office will seek to “put the current National Culture Office in hierarchy." Culture, the text adds, leads to “development” and “social cohesion.”
“It is necessary to recognize that culture plays a much more important role than the one that it usually assigned with, having proved that political decisions, economic and finanacial initiatives and social reforms have much more possibilities to success if the cultural perspective is considered simultaneously to address the aspirations and concerns of society.”
Since July 2009, the Culture office was headed by filmmaker Jorge Coscia whose resignation has been accepted under the 640 resolution. Following the creation of the Culture Ministry, Ms. Kirchner’s ministerial team will be now shaped up by 16 offices, all within the scope of the leadership of Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich.