“Europe in Perspective: International Co-operation in Cultural Learning“ is realised and supported by various partners from all over Europe. We are convinced that working on important topics and making a difference requires multiple perspectives and sharing experiences across nations – especially within the field of cultural learning and arts education. Thus we are integrating different partners into the structure of our project.

Steering group

The steering group co-ordinates the process of the project. In regular meetings, they exchange experiences and make sure the progress of the project is put forward on a multinational base.

Fifty-six regional organisations and national associations active in cultural education for children and youth in Germany have joined forces under the umbrella of the non-governmental organisation Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung (BKJ) e. V., to work towards a common goal: the promotion and advancement of in-school and out-of-school arts education and cultural learning for children and youth. Using their combined expertise they successfully represent the national and international strategic and policy interests of the 10 million children and young people they work with each year covering all areas of culture such as visual art, music, drama, theatre, circus, dance, literature, photography, film, video and multimedia. BKJ is the government’s key partner in the field of arts education and cultural learning in Germany.

CCE is an international foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal education. CCE proactively seeks out partners around the world to design and implement programmes which improve the quality and reach of cultural education, and use culture and the arts to improve the quality and impact of general education. CCE prioritises children and young people in the most disadvantaged communities by providing them with the space to nurture their own creative habits of mind: imagination, curiosity, discipline, resilience and collaboration and by deploying specially trained artists and creative practitioners to work as creative catalysts in the classroom alongside teachers. The work is supported and developed by an extensive on-going programme of research.

The National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) is located in Utrecht and is for everyone who is committed to education and participation in culture and the arts, both within the education system and beyond. Its aim is to help a wide range of people, including art teachers, internal culture coordinators and coaches, education officers within cultural institutions, policy officers, politicians, researchers, school managers, and administrators in the education sector and in umbrella organisations for the amateur arts. Volunteers working in areas such as the amateur arts can also consult LKCA for information. LKCA is part of the Dutch Cultural System and receives funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for its nationwide support of the education and amateur arts sectors.

The aim of T-TUDOK Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research Inc. (T-TUDOK) is to help decision makers, experts and people interested in education to understand better the developments and tendencies going on in the field of education. In order to reach this goal the Centre strives for giving wide publicity for results produced by home and foreign research groups. The Centre would like to help educational practice by finding and distributing good practices in order to enhance effectiveness of teaching and learning, which is why the Centre’s activity involves evaluation of development programmes and impact analysis of policy interventions. The main activity of the Centre is educational research and knowledge management. Main areas of research are: educational policy, progress of pupils in the system, school effectiveness, and equity issues, transition from school to work, school financing and management. Great emphasize is put on the use of appropriate scientific methods, the balanced use of qualitative and quantitative tools.

KulturKontakt Austria (KKA) is a European competence and resource centre for the core areas of cultural education with schools in Austria, international educational cooperation, and the Artists in Residence programme for artists from other countries. The non-profit organisation develops and implements its programmes on behalf of and supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and the Austrian Federal Chancellery. Through its expertise and its projects, KKA is an important player at both national and European level. KKA is committed to the fundamental principles of educational and cultural policy formulated at European level, namely dealing inclusively with diversity and difference, and lifelong learning. Based on these principles, KKA devises its activities and programmes with the objective of facilitating equal access to education, culture and the arts.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. Creative Scotland also distributes funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

Delivery partners

The following partners are institutions or authorities in charge of regional and national programmes promoting local co-operation between schools and cultural partners across Europe. Through regular strategic exchange and communication with them we want to encourage and set impulses for a diverse, European and intercultural perspective within their programmes.


“Europe in Perspective” is funded by Stiftung Mercator and supported by the European Union within the scope of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Stiftung Mercator is a private German foundation which fosters science and the humanities, education and international understanding. It specifically initiates, develops and funds projects and partner organisations in the thematic fields to which it is committed: it wants to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools and to bring about a new culture of teaching and learning. To realise that last goal, they support a diverse range of programmes, projects and activities, including the pioneering Kulturagenten programme which is being delivered across five regions in Germany.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote co-operation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth.