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Official Directory of Art Professions in France

The website, Official Directory of Art Professions in France is the first official national directory of art professions. Thanks to the Internet, a list of art professions in all French regions can now be found in an online directory, an international showcase of French cultural heritage. It is designed for anyone wishing to receive services or products of professional quality. A national online directory of art professions and a presentation through the web of the arts and crafts of the world’s regions can satisfy many cultural needs - knowledge of others, respect for diversity, valorisation of women and men in a process of sustainable human development. The Directory provides a replicable model of an international showcase for artisans that can promote local expertise, place arts and crafts on the international market, a wonderful tool for sharing people’s passions and knowledge. The Directory is also a tool to enhance the specific contribution to a country’s heritage of knowledge provided by its different regions. It can be set up in all interested countries, either by following the methodology adopted in France, or by adapting it to specific national institutional and cultural specificities. First published online in December 2007 by the Institut National des Métiers d’Art, in response to a strong demand from artisans and others, the directory also aims to develop local expertise in France and in other countries. In 2010, the illustrated directory included 217 artisans from all regions of France. The Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA) works in conjunction with both the Ministry of State for Commerce and Crafts, SMEs, Tourism, Professions and Consumers and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. This single interministerial arts professions institute has 4 main missions: • develop expertise on the art professions and their know-how • promote art profession networks at institutional and professional levels • promote art professions at national and international levels • explore new areas of cultural development (visual arts, design, fashion arts). The Directory provides several official guarantees of quality, excellence and value: • it is of great importance because it represents professionals involved in creative industries, restoration and tradition; • for art professions, it is not only a way of making contact with national and international customers but also an opportunity for exchange with professionals from around the world; • for individuals and purchasing advisors (architects, decorators, etc), it is a way of benefiting from the opportunities offered by a wide selection of quality French art professions.