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National Dance Plan (UY0118)



Action Plan: Uruguay Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) – the National Culture Department – the National Institute of Performing Arts.

Support Institution(s): OPP/Presidency of the Republic, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, National Directorate of Education - MEC, Directors of Culture Network, UdelaR, CES, IPA, Arts Training Schools – SODRE, Uruguayan Dance Association, Citizenship Network Association, Asociación Encuentro Milonguero, CIAD and various Uruguayan dance groups

Policy Areas

Gender, Marginalized Communities, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Uruguay Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Design, implementation and monitoring of the National Dance Plan. Commitment start and end date: September 2018 to June 2020. Institution or actor responsible for the implementation: the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) – the National Culture Department – the National Institute of Performing Arts. New commitment. Theme: Culture – Education Commitment description What is the commitment? To build through a participatory mechanism the National Dance Plan 2020-2030, as a set of policies and strategic guidelines for the sustainable development and visibility of dance as an artistic practice and cultural right. What is the problem that the commitment will address? Due to the development of dance in the last decades, it is necessary to visualize it as a complex field of knowledge that has not only become part of the artistic product offering, but has also had an effect on relevant areas such as health, education, international relations, tourism, and has interwoven with a variety of perspectives and rights agendas such as decentralization, inclusion, gender, etc. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out specific studies on the state of dance in Uruguay, so as to enable research, analysis and dissemination of data on its current composition and status, which remain a pressing issue when addressing its development. This development involves challenges and requires coresponsibility between the State and organized civil society organizations in order to achieve effective governance, based on knowledge, dialog and joint work. Building these capacities and promoting mixed meeting and collaborative scenarios lead to joint management and participatory planning of public policies. Structuring the set of objectives, programs and resources for the sector in the preparation of a National Dance Plan (PND) will enable to create a representative body and bring together the existing commitments to support and strengthen the future of national dance. This is why organizing, instituting and bolstering inter-agency work is key to optimizing goals, teams and budget, allowing their efforts and benefits to contribute towards a national development project that is greater than their own field of endeavor. How will the commitment contribute to solving the problem? We intend to create inclusive, participatory and collaborative workspaces to strengthen the actions undertaken by the State and civil society organizations, through the research and assessment of the field's status, its problems, proposals and challenges; the encouragement of inter-agency coordination at the national, departmental and different disciplinary levels; the strengthening of the institutional system and the organization of the sector; the transparency of existing policies and budgets; and the development of monitoring and evaluation systems in conjunction with the sector. OGP value to which this commitment will contribute. The National Dance Plan contributes to citizen participation and collaboration for the design of the National Dance Plan in partnership with the State and throughout the country. It also provides for the development and implementation of a strategy to promote transparency and accountability in this area through follow-up and monitoring thereof and a systematization of the process which can be replicated in other artistic sectors. Additional information The PND is an initiative that emerged in 2014 from the civil society itself following a National Dance Forum where the status of dance and dance within the State were analyzed. As a result of this meeting, the participating dance sector decided to organize itself around the formulation of public policies for its development with influence at the territorial and different disciplinary levels, establishing working groups, institutional agreements and permanent coordination of objectives and actions, bringing together more than one thousand professionals from all disciplines. The INAE has been a partner in this process from the beginning, as an integral part of the management team and supporting the development of all activities, therefore it believes that it is necessary to advance in the realization of this dance plan, which sets out the guidelines to be followed in this area. Objectives and/or milestones Description of objectives and/or milestones Start date End date To work towards the creation of the Dance Council, with territorial and different disciplinary representation, for the development, follow-up and monitoring of all actions that are required for the implementation of the PND. This council will be represented by agents from public institutions and organized civil society. September 2018 June 2020 To carry out a national dance diagnosis: processing, research, analysis, publication and distribution of data collected on existing policies, dance agents and organizations, to contribute to the debate, design and adjustment of programs at the national level. Steps will be taken to ensure that the collection, processing and analysis will incorporate the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity and social class, so far as is reasonably practicable. September 2018 February 2019 To create spaces for dialogue and collaborative work through Departmental Dance Meetings in the nineteen Departments with a view to bringing together local contributions and generating inputs for the National Dance Meeting, which will seek to define the guidelines, strategies and components of the PND, as well as September 2018 April 2019 its writing, management and subsequent monitoring team. To prepare the final document of the National Dance Plan, coordinating the commitments and contributions of all participating actors, containing programs, teams, schedules and allocated budgets according to the main areas of focus (territory, disciplines, value chain) and perspectives (gender, inclusion, education, professionalization of the sector). March 2019 May 2019 To design and implement a web platform to follow up and monitor the commitments undertaken by the PND. May 2019 June 2020 Contact information Name of the responsible person Sergio Mautone Title, Department National Director of Culture – National Culture Department Email address and phone number / 2908 6740 - 2908 6950 Name(s) of responsible technician(s) Mr. Santiago Turenne Title, Department National Institute of Performing Arts Email address and phone number Other actors involved State actors OPP/Presidency of the Republic, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, National Directorate of Education - MEC, Directors of Culture Network, UdelaR, CES, IPA, Arts Training Schools – SODRE CSOs, private sector, multilateral organizations, working groups Uruguayan Dance Association, Citizenship Network Association, Asociación Encuentro Milonguero, CIAD and various Uruguayan dance groups.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Promoción de sociedades más participativas

20. Diseño, implementación y seguimiento del Plan Nacional de Danza

Texto del compromiso como aparece en el plan de acción:

Construir de manera participativa el Plan Nacional de Danza 2020-2030, como conjunto de políticas y lineamientos estratégicos en pos de la sustentabilidad, desarrollo y visibilidad de la danza como práctica artística y derecho cultural.

Los hitos de este compromiso son:

  • Realizar las gestiones para conformar el Consejo de la Danza, con representación territorial y disciplinar abocado al desarrollo, seguimiento y monitoreo de todas las acciones necesarias para la implementación del PND. Este consejo estará representado por agentes de instituciones públicas y sociedad civil organizada.
  • Realizar un diagnóstico Nacional de Danza: procesamiento, investigación, análisis, publicación y distribución de datos recabados sobre políticas existentes, agentes y organizaciones de danza, para contribuir al debate, diseño y ajuste de programas a nivel nacional. Se asegura que el relevamiento, procesamiento y análisis incorpora la intersección de las variables: género, raza etnia y clase social, en la medida de su viabilidad
  • Realizar espacios de diálogo y trabajo colaborativo a través de Jornadas Departamentales de Danza en los diecinueve departamentos con el objetivo de sumar aportes locales y generar los insumos para la Jornada Nacional de Danza, que tendrá por objetivo definir los lineamientos, estrategias y componentes del PND, así como su equipo de escritura, gestión y posterior monitoreo.
  • Elaborar documento final del Plan Nacional de Danza, coordinando los compromisos y aportes de todos los actores participantes, conteniendo programas, equipos, cronogramas y presupuestos asignados según ejes, (territorio, disciplinas, cadena de valor) y perspectivas (género, inclusión, educación, profesionalización del sector)
  • Diseñar e implementar una plataforma web para el seguimiento y monitoreo de los compromisos asumidos por el PND.

Nota editorial: El texto completo del compromiso se encuentra en el Cuarto Plan de Acción Nacional de Gobierno Abierto de Uruguay 2018-2020, disponible aquí:

Fecha de inicio: Septiembre 2018            Fecha de término: Junio 2020

Contexto y objetivos

El Plan Nacional de Danza es un proceso en marcha desde el año 2014, en el que organizaciones de la sociedad civil e instituciones públicas y privadas vienen trabajando de forma conjunta para construir políticas públicas y lineamientos estratégicos. Su objetivo es avanzar en la sustentabilidad, desarrollo y visibilidad de la danza como derecho y práctica cultural, como campo de conocimiento, producción simbólica y sustento relevante en la formación de los seres humanos.

El proceso ha implicado actividades de diversa índole, algunas ejecutadas y otras en marcha, según consignan distintas fuentes [83]. Estas incluyen una plataforma y red social que registra el proceso de construcción del Plan de Danza, encuentros departamentales y un planeado diagnóstico nacional de danza realizado en conjunto con la sociedad civil organizada y en convenio con el Centro de Innovación Social de la Facultad de Psicología de UDELAR y una jornada nacional de danza.

Si bien se trata de políticas públicas cocreadas con la sociedad civil, sería importante comprobar el diferencial que el compromiso significa en relación a los procesos ya transcurridos. En esta dirección se consultó al responsable técnico del compromiso, pero no se había recibido respuesta al cierre de este informe [84].

Las acciones previstas en el compromiso son lo suficientemente específicas como para ser verificadas por medios objetivos. El compromiso es relevante a la participación ciudadana en tanto es un proceso que involucra múltiples actores. Como se menciona anteriormente, aunque las actividades aparecen como valiosas, se enmarcan en procesos en marcha desde hace varios años, e importa discernir el valor agregado y el cambio que este compromiso puede introducir. Por esta razón, su impacto potencial se considera menor.

Siguientes pasos

La primera meta, conformación de un consejo nacional de danza, se planea como una actividad de dos años de duración. Las investigadoras de IRM entienden que no debería solamente conformarse ese consejo, sino que debería especificarse mucho más su funcionamiento y cantidad de reuniones, con evidencia en las actas de la participación y decisiones tomadas. La mera conformación del consejo no resulta ambiciosa para los objetivos del compromiso.

[83] Notas de prensa y web del Plan aquí:  
[84] Consulta realizada a Santiago Turenne, Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas, MEC


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