Background

FFP perceives the culture and arts sector not merely as a venue for recreation, but more as an essential vehicle for healthy development of the society, and as an important means for interacting with other cultures, thereby enriching the experiences of all involved. As such, FFP decided to define this sector as a priority in its strategic plan.

The Palestinian landscape is rich with historic and cultural sites. Many of these sites have become run down and are in a state of neglect. In addition, the cultural sector in Palestine suffers from poor infrastructure and lack of support for cultural activities and the arts. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 80 percent of cultural centers lack proper facilities, 85 percent of centers lack proper halls for cultural activities, such as theaters, and 86 percent of cultural centers lack promotional capabilities. 

As a result, FFP identified a program that would support the revitalization of historic town centers, providing better housing for inhabitants and making them centers of cultural and community activities.  In addition, FFP intends to improve cultural centers and the arts in Palestine, with focus on Jerusalem, by improving cultural facilities and enhancing access to cultural and artistic activities.

Strategic Objectives of the Program

FFP defined two strategic objectives for its culture and art program.

1. To revitalize historic cities and centers of towns and villages.
2. To expand access to, and encourage, cultural activities and the arts.

Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of FFP’s culture and arts program are to:

I. Renovate and economically revive historic cities and centers of towns and villages.
II. Improve the physical infrastructure of local cultural centers and facilities.
III. Enhance sustainability of cultural and artistic centers.

Interventions

To achieve these objectives, FFP defined the following strategic interventions:

i. Rehabilitate old housing units, community buildings, improve infrastructure and support businesses: FFP culture and arts program will invest to rehabilitate housing units, street tiles and community buildings in eight historic centers. In addition, FFP will promote economic revival in these centers through support to small businesses.
ii. Improve physical infrastructure and access to cultural and artistic centers: FFP will invest in rehabilitating and maintaining existing cultural centers and their facilities.
iii. Enhance the sustainability of cultural and artistic centers: FFP is keen on supporting organizations in developing plans and activities, and in promoting them.

Beneficiaries and Costs

FFP intends to work on revitalizing historic cities and centers of eight towns and villages. In addition, FFP intends to support the renovation or building of eight new cultural and artistic centers over a three-year period. Further, a total of 10 projects will be implemented to support ten organizations, with a view to enhancing their sustainability.

The total estimated three-year cost of the Palestinian Identity: culture and arts program is $ 13 million.