The Association of Latvian Culture Centres is a public organisation founded in 2002 aiming to promote the development of culture centres.
The activity of the Association follows the guidelines set up by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia stipulating the necessity to involve the public in the planning and implementation of cultural policy.
In Latvia, culture centres operate as multifunctional cultural institutions and provide access to culture in all regions in Latvia. At present there are 550 culture centres in Latvia, thus being the second biggest network of culture institutions in the country, after libraries.
Areas of activity of the association:
- Methodological guidance, information dissemination, advisory services;
- Continuing education and professional development;
- International cooperation and exchange of experience;
- Co-participation in the development and implementation of cultural policy.
ALCC currently represents cultural centres and cultural workers from all regions of Latvia. The State Culture Capital Foundation has recognised our work by approving funding for the action plan of ALCC in 2015.
The national body “Latvian National Centre for Culture” is a long-term partner of the Association. Cultural management training programmes are jointly developed and provided for the managers and staff of Latvian Culture centres. Both institutions jointly provide the methodological management and in-service training for culture centres.