PACT: Pooling efforts to address rural isolation
In 2011, the Centre Val de Loire region designed a new policy instrument, the Artistic and Cultural Territorial Projects, or “PACT”, approaching culture as a dimension of rural planning and involving a variety of actors. PACT aims to achieve wider cultural dissemination by reaching new audiences and supporting creative and cultural activities in areas where they are lacking or non-existent, especially disadvantaged and rural areas. The instrument reflects the desire to undertake a real cultural mediation, combining the involvement of both amateurs and professionals: along with the pooling efforts of several public entities, this is one of the two pillars of the instrument. It has been conceived as a tool to fight rural depopulation and a means to meet the needs of the inhabitants of these areas.