Gwangju Cultural Foundation

Greeting

We dream of Gwangju as a city that embraces artists and connects art with people’s lives.
Welcome to the Gwangju Cultural Foundation.

We are witnessing drastic changes in arts and culture these days.
Momentous and qualitative shifts are currently underway from the mainstream to local levels,
the limelight to situations of daily life, professional arts to community arts, and individual celebrities to community members.
We promote Cultural Democracy through various art and cultural supports, grants, and outreach programs;
also encouraging the development of creative
The Gwangju Cultural Foundation has focused on supporting creative efforts of artists as well as education for culture and the arts in addition to operating cultural welfare projects to create a sound local culture environment.
We continue to initiate policies in congruence with Gwangju’s representational culture and prepare for future cultural innovation by expanding the realm of arts and culture, supporting ‘arts’-focused media art,
and operating programs for fusion and convergence of various artistic genres.
Gwangju has unique cultural assets such as
‘Ye-hyang (city of art)’ as well as the fact that city served as the epicenter of the ‘May 18 Democratization Movement.’
We will weave these precious cultural assets into an invaluable resource while incorporating public opinions of local residents.
We will continue our efforts to connect citizens with the culture of Gwangju to invigorate and entertain the city.

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Introduction & History

Purpose of Establishment

Gwangju Cultural Foundation was established on January in 2011 to realize creative city with culture and art. To accomplish this goal,
we try to expand creative cultural activity for citizens and opportunity for enjoying culture and art and also develop culture &art promotion policy.

Background for Establishment

Gwangju Cultural Foundation was established under the support of Gwangju Metropolitan City to realize joyful creative city
and great culture community through policy development and promotion for fostering culture&art promotion and Asia culture-centered city,
supporting creation․diffusion․activity of culture&art, education․research of culture&art, succession․development of traditional culture
and development․marketing of tourist cultural products.

History

  • 2011 ~ 2014
  • 2015 ~ Now

2011

  • 01

    Gwangju Cultural Foundation Inauguration

  • 03

    Consignment for Operation of Bitgoeul Citizen Cultural Center, Bitgoeul Art Space(Former Jeoun-Nam Physical Center)

  • 08

    Awarded with 5 stars in The Edinburgh Fringe Festival - ‘Jasmine Gwangju’ (local brand performance)

  • 11

    Opened Media Cube 338 in Bitgoeul Citizen’s Culture Center

2012

  • 02

    Opened Cultural Heritage Center

  • 07

    Selected as Best Organization supported by the city government in management assessment

  • 12

    Selected as the most active user for 2 years in a row - Cultural Voucher Program

2013

  • 01

    Announced Mid/Long Development Plan

  • 02

    Selected as the best support center 3 years in a row - Gwangju Art and Culture Education Support Center Reorganization(4Office, 1Department, 1Center, 11Team/Cultural Policy Research Team, Cultural Welfare Team)

2014

  • 10

    Appointed the second Representative Director (Seo Young Jin)

  • 11

    Reorganization(1Office, 3Department, 2Center, 8 Team/Urban Cultural Exchange Team, Fundraising Task Force, Performance/Exhibit Planning Team)

  • 12

    Public Art 2.0 Yangrim Developmental Public Art Project, Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment Selected as the Best Case Study under Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment Awarded as the Best in Residency Grants Program – Gwangsan Culture & Art Center Appointed the Secretary General (Kim Jong Ryool)

2015

  • 03

    Open Art&Culture Small Library in Bitgoeul Art Space

  • 06

    Selected as Local Art and Cultural Professional Enrichment Organization by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

  • 11

    Installed Media Facade on the outer wall

  • 12

    Opened 10,000 Culture Hug Center – Philanthropic Cultural Mecenat Movement Fundraising Center Awarded as the Best Program ‘Horned Holly Creative Space Residence’, a regional cooperation business

2016

  • 03

    5th Anniversary Event of Establishment ‘5 Years of the Foundation, 1 Year of Culture Hugs’ Announced 2030 Mid/Long Development Plan for Cultural Gwangju

2017

  • 01

    6th Anniversary of the Establishment

  • 03

    Open Gwangju Media Arts Platform

  • 09

    The third director, Kim Yun-ki, was inaugurated.

2018

  • 01

    7th Anniversary of the Establishment

  • 01

    Traditional Culture Center (Location: Un-lim Dong, Dong-gu) was selected as a ‘2018 Korea Unique Venue’ by the Korea Tourism Organization.

Vision & Management Strategy

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VISION

The cooperative platform
changing culture in Gwangju

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MISSION

Culture-rich Gwangju,
art-rich citizens

Basic direction

Culture Foundation
of Gwangju

  • Preserving & Developing Local Culture
  • Building Professional Manpower for Local Culture
  • Gwangju: Where Artists Want to Make Art
  • A Culture Closer to Your Life

Culture Foundation
by Gwangju

  • The Foundation Reflecting People’s Ideas
  • Strengthening Cultural Policy Making
  • Building Culture Spaces Operated by People’s Interests

Culture Foundation
for Gwangju

  • Managing the Future of Gwangju with Culture
  • Healing Gwangju with Culture
  • Making Gwangju a Hub City of Asian Culture

Major Goals

  • Changing Spaces

    Expanding Culture Spaces within Everyday Life

  • Changing Arts

    Creating a Dynamic Arts Environment

  • Changing Communications

    Togetherness and Communications with People

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Strategies

  • Strengthen solidarity and communication to build an environment for a cultural city
  • Construct Gwangju’s unique artistic and cultural community environment
  • Raise brand awareness of Gwangju by creating an international media art hub
  • Develop a brand as the core of Gwangju citizens’ culture
  • Develop a brand as the core of traditional Namdo culture

Main Business

  • Art Support
  • Art Education
  • Policy Research
  • Citizen-Centered Culture
  • Media Arts
  • Cultural Communication
  • Cultural Venue
  • Traditional Culture

“Gwangu Cultural Foundation supports creative art activity for local artists.”

Support for Resident Artists Group, Support for Creation of Outdoor-permanent Brand Performance,
Support for Vitalization of Culture&Art Community
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“Gwangju Cultural Foundation supports diverse cultural art education with
aim at rediscovering local value and enjoying joyful life through artistic experience.”

Support for local-characterized Cultural Arts Education, Operate Saturday Culture School ‘Kumdarak(Dream-Loft)’ etc.
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“Research Gwangju’s historic places and cooperate organically with local culture related organizations in order to suggest policy direction.”

Operate Gwangju Study Reference Room, Advisory Committee on Culture and Arts etc.
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“With holding Gwangju’s distinct festivals all year around, Gwangju Cultural Foundation has put all effort on establishing cultural foundation to lead Gwangju citizens enjoyed culture&arts festivals within the city.”

Gwangju Jeong Yul Seong Music Festival, Gwangju Fringe Festival, One-eyed clown Performance(Play) etc.
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“Gwangju was designated in Media Arts Creative City by UNESCO and 6 Media Arts Specialized Spaces was built to make Gwangju Citizens can easily experience Media Arts in city. ”

Gwangju Media Arts Festival, Media Arts Residency etc.
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“To lead active communication with citizens, organizations and local government, We operate diverse business and try to be open space to everyone.”

Foundation Fund-Raising, 10,000 Culture Hug Center, Urban Cultural Exchange Business etc.
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“Gwangju Cultural Foundation operates various spaces with providing rent service and managing Gwangju’s distinct contents to expand opportunity to benefit cultural activities for citizens.”

Bitgoeul Citizen’s Culture Center, Bitgoeul Arts Space, Traditional Culture Center, UNESCO Media Arts Platform, Arts and Culture Small Library, 10,000 Culture Hug Center etc.
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“To inherit and develop tradition, We provide performance, activity, education at the Traditional Cultural Center which is located on the foot of Mudeung Mountain.”

Saturday‧Sunday Regular Performance, ‘MudeungUlrim’ Festival, ‘Pungryunamdo’ Festival etc.
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Location

  • · Postcode

    503-020

  • · Address

    7 Cheonbyeonjwaro 338Beongil Namgu Gwangju

  • · Tel

    062-670-7400

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Bus

Bitgoeul Citizen’s Cultural Center : Jiwon53
Gwangju Park : Geumnam59, Daechon70
Address : 7 Cheonbyeonjwaro 338Beongil Namgu Gwangju

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Subway

Geumnamro 4ga Station : Take Exit #2 and walk straight about 600m towards Gwangju Park

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Drive

From Hwasun

Take a left on Wonji Bridge towards Cheonbyeonro – Go straight along the river – Take a left on Guseongro Take a left to Cheonbyeonjwaro – Being Arrived at Gwangju Cultural Foundation

From Sangmu District

Straight to the underpass from the entryway to Sangmujigu – Take a left towards Imdong 5-way intersection at the Government Employees Pension Service – Take a right towards Yangdong Market – Go straight on the Cheonbyeonjwaro until Gwangju Park-Being Arrived at Gwangju Cultural Foundation

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