Network for those who believe that
Active Participation in Cultural Activities
- should be better acknowledged for its importance to art, society, and individuals by politicians, bureaucrats, researchers, opinion leaders, and professional artists
- should be recognised as worthy of support from national and EU institutions
- should be encouraged by the reduction of bureaucratic obstacles.
Amateur Arts Forum in Flanders, Belgium will host the next Amateo Board Meeting.
The Board meeting will take place on Thursday 20th March and the morning of Friday 21st March in Ghent. You can find the draft agenda here.
International Conference On Culture, Health, and Well‐being in Stockholm, May 8th ‐ 10th 2014
Amateo’s 7th conference on culture and cultural practices will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in May 2014; on the theme Culture, Health, and Well‐being. The host for the arrangement is ax – The Swedish Amateur Culture Council. Click here to read more!
Annual Programme Amateo 2011-2012
- The board will publish and circulate a manual on the Week of Amateur Arts (WAA) Europe 2011
- The board will develop partnerships with a view to preparing a potential application for a EU Grant to support the movement of amateur artists as part of the Week of Amateur Arts
- The board will establish contact with European Research Organisations with the goal to set up pan-European quantitative research in the field of the Amateur Arts
- The board will organise in co-operation with Voluntary Arts UK + Republic of Ireland the AMATEO Conference and General Assembly June 2012 in London
- The board will secure communication between the members of Amateo through the Amateo website and newsletters
The latest initiative
From the 8th till 10th of June, the international congress about "active cultural participation in Europe" was held in Ghent. In arts centre "De Vooruit" gathered a hundred of participants from all over Europe. The Amateo network, as well as the compendium authors and other interested people grabbed their chance to learn more about active cultural participation and to enrich their network with most interesting people. Here you can find all the reports and presentations of the congress, as well as some very nice pictures and the participants list.
Manifesto of the Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign we are more
- We are many individuals that value and shape contemporary European cultures. We are more than many. We are more than producers and consumers. We are committed to cultural rights, education and active citizenship.
- We believe that the strong tradition of public funding of the arts across Europe makes a difference to the diversity, accessibility and quality of the arts available to us all.
- The arts, culture and the humanities engage and inspire us, and stimulate us to challenge the world we live in. Investing in the arts from kindergarten to old age builds societies that are creative, innovative, democratic and diverse.
- Let us re-imagine long-term public investment that contributes to human, social and environmental progress.
National governments and EU policymakers are currently taking decisions on the next EU budget that will influence the next ten years of support to cultural activities that benefit everyone who lives in Europe.
NOW IS THE TIME to make your voice heard - Sign the we are more manifesto:
To national governments – to European decision-makers:
We call on you to strengthen the recognition of the role of arts and culture in
the development of our European societies by increasing the support to culture in the next EU budget.