History

Arts Council Korea (ARKO)
is national organization for the arts

The main aim of the Council is to make the arts more central to life in Korea by supporting arts organizations and artists in Korea and overseas through various services, programs and initiatives as well as grant-based support.

Established as the Korea Culture and Arts Foundation in 1973 it was later restructured as Arts Council Korea in 2005, following the reenactment of the Korea Culture and Arts Promotion Act.

Since its foundation ARKO has led the formulation and implementation of arts and culture policy on the basis of the official National Culture and Arts Policy set by the Korean government.

ARKO is governed by council members who are appointed by the Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism. Each council member serves as a steward for the government funding directed at the arts.