Voluntary Arts works to promote and increase active participation in creative cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Across the UK and the Republic of Ireland there are approximately 63,000 voluntary arts groups, regularly involving more than 10 million people participating voluntarily in creative cultural activities: this activity is, and will continue to be, a critical part of both the bedrock and the grass roots of the cultural life of our communities and nations.
Voluntary Arts was created in 1991, in response to a need identified by government and the voluntary arts sector, to provide a universal voice for the voluntary arts across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Today Voluntary Arts has 17 staff and more than 60 volunteers working across five nations. We provide information and advice services, undertake lobbying and advocacy work and deliver, and support the delivery of, projects to develop participation in creative cultural activities.
Kulturelle Samråd i Danmark
Kulturelle Samråd i Danmark, KSD, (in English "National Association of Cultural Councils in Denmark”) is a non-profit civil society cultural organisation with a public legal status, mainly funded by the Danish Ministry of Culture.
KSD is the national association for the local voluntary cultural councils that have been established in most of the Danish municipalities. The local voluntary cultural councils are umbrellas for local volunteer associations within amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage, and they help to ensure that citizens are involved and that the civil society is heard, when it comes to local voluntary culture. Moreover, the local voluntary cultural councils together with their members are organizers of arts and cultural events with professional artists within theatre, music, art exhibitions etc. They are volunteers within museums, cinemas, libraries, local archives etc. On average every local cultural council have 55 member associations, which again on average has 192 individual members. It means that the 50 cultural councils across the country represent a total of approximately 528,000 individuals, and it is said to be a fairly significant part of the Danish cultural life (inhabitants in Denmark: 5,5 millions)
The aim for the national association is to improve the conditions for the voluntary cultural sector. KSD assists in establishing new local councils, perform advisory services to the local cultural councils, arrange courses, meetings and conferences, and manage different development and mapping projects in a Danish, Nordic and European context. In addition to that, KSD handle the contact to the authorities and participate actively in the cultural debate, publish newsletters, a journal twice a year and books about the voluntary cultural sector.
KSD also cooperate on a national basis closely with the rest of the cultural voluntary associations and is represented in many boards, assemblies and committees. In The European Year of Volunteering 2011 KSD was represented in the official group which developed and coordinated the activities during the year.
Interfolk is a non-profit association based on individuals sharing an interest in the Nordic Grundtvigian tradition of liberal adult education as well as the wide European traditions of Bildung and Enlightenment.
The association was founded in 2008 and the Institute for Civil Society works with research, development projects, courses and debate activities as well as other cultural activities - in a Danish, Nordic and European context.
Voluntary culture and arts associations can help to revive the local communities in sparsely populated areas. Engaged and skilled culture volunteers can promote available and involving arts and culture activities with an added value for civic participation, community bonding and local identity.
Interfolk is delighted to be part of an Erasmus+ project that intends to promote “cultural sustainability” in a civil society context, where “citizen help citizen”.
Magyar Népfõiskolai Társaság
Magyar Népfõiskolai Társaság (MNT) or in English: The Hungarian Folk High School Society is a non-governmental, non-profit making national umbrella organisation in the field of non-formal adult education that mainly operates in rural areas through regional centres and local organisations.
MNT has more than one hundred member organisations in Hungary. MNT and its member organisations co-operate with local governments, labour offices, NGOs, VET institutions, universities and churches both locally and nationally. MNT and its member organisations are running/ have contributed to a number of European level projects in adult education.
Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych
FAIE's main goal is Life Long Learning promoting - developing one's abilities, predispositions, interests - both in personal and professional life. Based on its international contacts it is using international good practices in adult learning.
Relying on extensive experience of its people, since the beginning it supports the non-governmental organisations at planning, developing and realising international projects, co-financed from external funds. FAIE do believe that international cooperation delivers the most of valuable inspiration. This is why FAIE specialises in supporting international projects. It support at searching for partner/ partners, at project planning, at finding best financing opportunity – and finally – at the project realization. It works in the frame of closed training-and-advisory programmes as well as individually.
FAIE organises educational initiatives for seniors and we cooperate with Third Age Universities. FAIE is promoting and supporting vocational and personal development through culture and art (professional as well as unprofessional). FAIE is also going to promote applying ecological solutions at work as well as in everyday life.
Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives was founded in April 2011 in Bielsko-Biała (South of Poland, Silesian Voivodship).
Municipio de Lousada
The Municipality of Lousada is an institution of local public administration. It aims to pursuit the interests of the population in the territorial space of Lousada Council. The council of Lousada belongs to the district of Porto and has an extension of 95 km2. The city assumes itself as the center of the region denominated Vale do Sousa since it is situated in its geographic center. It has approximately 50,000 inhabitants that are distributed within the 25 parishes of Lousada.