towards a goal of three million young users by the end of 2022

From one five-year period to another, the Culture Pass continues to be the priority project of Emmanuel Macron’s cultural policy. After having generalized it to all 18-year-olds in May 2021, it was extended to students in the class of 4Y since January 10, the re-elected president now wants to expand it from the class of 6Y. But, what is the current evaluation of this device to democratize and diversify access to culture?

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“If by the end of the year we manage to have three million young regular users of the Pass Cultura application geolocated, it would be great”, said on Tuesday April 26 Sébastien Cavalier, president of SAS Pass culture, during his hearing before the Senate Committee on Culture. Potentially, with the extension of 4Y, “Eventually we will target six million people”he added.

At the moment, 1.8 million young people have registered for the Pass, and its development within colleges and high schools is proceeding slowly. “20% of schools have used it since 1Ahem Januarysays Sébastien Cavalier. One of the challenges ahead is to achieve the appropriation of “collective participation” by teachers. » On Monday April 18 in France Culture, Emmanuel Macron had not had this caution of analysis and considered that the Pass had become “a great success because we have[vait] worked with teachers.

800 euros per class

To fully understand the plan, which has been extensively renewed since its creation, you should know that the 500 euro envelope offered to young people to access the activities and cultural practices of their choice is now distributed in two stages: 200 euros between 15 and 17 years old. years (including 120 euros per student in “collective quota” paid directly to establishments to finance cultural outings or hosting artists) and 300 euros at 18 years of age, to spend individually according to their wishes.

Sébastien Cavalier, President of SAS Pass Culture: “The nature of the use of ‘collective participation’ is very different from individual participation”

The “collective action”, which allows each class to have approximately 800 euros, is intended “a new tool to generalize artistic and cultural education (EAC)”. Teachers who have used this “collective quota” for four months – whose use is validated by the person in charge of the establishment – have allocated 40% of it to a live performance. Good news for the theater. And 15% for a movie session.

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