Giving awards to remarkable people of art and heads of cultural projects is an important and widespread practice, nevertheless ordinary cultural professionals who make its functioning possible stand in the background. Anatoly Lunacharsky’s award first presented a year ago at the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum is aimed at changing the situation and doing justice to work of all those people who work in this sphere in Russia, no matter what.
The award was established at the Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum in 2015. «Do not forget hundreds of thousands of ordinary people working in the sphere of culture – those who might not be mentioned very often, but without whom our cultural industry just cannot exist», — defined the idea of the award the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky during the first award ceremony.
The award is given to teachers, librarians, accountants, supervisors, administrative staff – all the workers at the «invisible front» of culture. The award was named after the first people’s commissar of education of the USSR Anatoly Lunacharsky who on the back of reforms in the country suggested turning attention to ordinary workers of theatres, museums, cultural centers, libraries and other places where art enters audience’s lives.
This year 194 people have been nominated for the Lunacharky’s award. On 3rd of December in the General Staff of the Hermitage ten of them will be given the award. The oldest laureate is 70 years old while the youngest woman laureate is 48, and the job «cultural» tenure of one of the winners exceeds 50 years! It is notable that the jury of the award did not give any preference to cultural workers from Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Together with laureates from the two capitals, the award will be given to representatives of six Russian regions. The goal of the Lunacharsky’s award is improving the reputation of professions related to serving for the cultural sphere all over the country, attracting attention to regions’ problems and telling about achievements in this field.