The ENCC operates under supervision of a Board
, composed of 9 distinguished professionals.
The ENCC believes in actively empowering people to have a voice in society through arts and culture, to allow and facilitate citizens to express themselves creatively in cultural spaces, with respect for cultural equality, intercultural diversity and sustainability.
The ENCC has been selected by the European Commission as one of the 22 networks representing the arts and the cultural sector in Europe for 2014-2017.
The ENCC organises a large variety of events contributing to the professional development of its members, the structuring of the sector, the development of cooperation and innovation at a European level: Travelling academy, BECC Staff exchange programme, Short Cuts conferences. Among the network's working topics : arts & culture, education and life-long learning, territorial development, digital dynamics.
The ENCC's core values are cultural equality, interculturalism, democratisation and active citizenship through participation in cultural and artistic activities. The outcome of active participation in arts and culture on an individual level is personal development as well as development in society. Networking and exchanging knowledge and experiences on a European level support these values by enforcing organisations across borders - be they local, regional or national.
- To strengthen the position and role of national networks of cultural centres and, where no such networks exist, stimulate their creation;
- To explore and support models of cooperation and networking of cultural organisations in rural areas;
- To build bridges between cultural centres and networks by facilitating mobility;
- To strengthen the professionalization of cultural centres;
- To facilitate communication between cultural centres on a Europe-wide level;
- To undertake relevant research and data collection related to cultural centres, their audiences and public impact, in order to influence new models of practice;
- To stimulate intersectoral cooperation in the cultural field;
- To stimulate informal learning and education processes by the recognition of the best practices and highlighting and disseminating relevant work in the cultural field;
- To cooperate with other European cultural networks to create greater synergy between such networks.
The ENCC is composed of full members and associated members.
The full members are the national, regional or local networks of cultural centres and individual cultural centres.
Cultural organizations, institutions and individual persons can become associated members.