State Policy and Legislation in Arts Education Area

The main Russian legal documents that regulate the arts education sector are as follows:

  • Constitution of the Russian Federation (1993);
  • Law of the Russian Federation on Education (1992);
  • Federal Law on Higher and Postgraduate Professional Education (1996);
  • Law of the Russian Federation on Fundamentals of Legislation on Culture (1992);
  • Family Code of the Russian Federation (1995);
  • Federal Law on Basic Guarantees of the Rights of the Child in the Russian Federation (1998).

The state developmental concepts and the national doctrines are of particular importance for the advancements in the arts and culture education namely:

  • Concept of the Long-Term Social and Economic Development of the Russian Federation for the Period Until 2020 (2008);
  • National Educational Doctrine of the Russian Federation (2000);
  • Modernization of Russian Education Concept for the Period Until 2010 (2002);
  • Arts Education Concept of the Russian Federation (2001);
  • Education Development Concept in the Field of Culture and Arts in the Russian Federation for 2008–2015 (2008).

The above stated documents reflect the links between the objectives of arts education and the main lines of state policies in the field.

The widely accepted standard setting international legal acts that have formulated the principle approaches to arts education are also important in shaping related state policy priorities and actions. These are:

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948);
  • European Cultural Convention (1954);
  • Declaration of Principles of International Cultural Cooperation (1966);
  • Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972);
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966);
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989);
  • UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001);
  • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003);
  • Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).