Amateo is, since 2008, the European network for active participation in cultural activities.
The network consists of 23 member organisations in 12 different European countries. Member organisations all operate on a national or regional level to stimulate active participation in arts activities.
An annual Conference is hosted by an AMATEO member where networking and the sharing of good practice and valuable research are key. AMATEO believes that active participation empowers individuals to express themselves freely and develop creativity, taste, self-confidence and understanding. Active participation is also an important tool in developing social cohesion, active citizenship and in building empowered confident communities.
AMATEO believes that active participation in cultural activities should be better recognised and supported by politicians, policy makers, researchers, opinion leaders and professional artists for its role in society, in art and in shaping individual lives.