About us

Established in 1992, ENCATC is a network of more than 100 member institutions and professionals in over 40 countries active in education, training and research within the broad field of cultural management and policy. ENCATC members have an impact on the education of thousands of cultural managers worldwide.

Mission

To stimulate the development of cultural management and cultural policy education in Europe and beyond, engaging and responding to new developments in politics, economics, societies and technology.

Who we are

ENCATC represents, advocates, and promotes cultural management and cultural policy education, professionalizes the cultural sector to make it sustainable, and creates a platform for discussion and exchange at European and international level.

  • ENCATC represents all disciplines in the arts and culture, is an NGO holding the status of official partner of UNESCO and of observer to the Steering Committee for Culture of the Council of Europe.  It’s a lively and expanding European platform encouraging serious exchange of knowledge, methodologies, experiences, comparative research and regular assessment of the sector’s training needs in the broad field of cultural management from a European point of view through a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events.
  • ENCATC voices the views of our members through our dialogue with international and European institutions and organisations on legislation, policies and programmes impacting on education and training in cultural management and cultural policy.
  • ENCATC cooperates closely with our partners at UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as with the European Cultural Foundation.
  • ENCATC fosters - in different forms and at different levels - close co-operation with networks worldwide concerned with the teaching of cultural policy and cultural management, in particular in Africa, the Asia–Pacific region, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. 
  • ENCATC plays a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability and in strengthening the competitiveness of the culture and creative sectors since its members are directly responsible for the education of future managers and operators and of the future European citizens who will profit from cultural offers at European, national and local level.

ENCATC is an NGO which works in partnership with the European Union, UNESCO and is an observer to the Council of Europe.

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