The ENCC launches CLOSING THE GAP, a new programme that aims to bring around the same table local authorities and cultural operators, as well as other representatives of civil society.
The Closing the Gap programme in a nutshell
Why did our network design this programme? Because many ENCC members experience a significant gap between the work done by cultural centres and their local authorities (politicians and/or civil servants).
There is often a need for improved communication, collaboration and connection processes, increased trust and more structured dialogue. On the other hand, some members experience supportive and productive working relationships with local authorities, and will be able to share their practices and recommendations with those seeking to improve them.
Closing the Gap aims at creating fruitful and potentially transforming cooperation between local administrations and cultural centres. It is about building bridges.
How does it work?
This programme includes 3 main actions.
- We organise 6 roundtables in different places all over Europe, gathering cultural centres and local cultural actors, local authorities and international guests during two days to discuss challenges and best practices, as well as join study visits and matchmaking initiatives;
- We create easy-to-access and user-friendly advocacy sheets listing reasons and benefits for cooperation and support between local policymakers/civil servants and socially oriented cultural centres;
- We select and appoint 12 ENCC ambassadors, representing the network and promoting European cooperation as well as inspirational examples of joint work between local authorities and cultural centres in various local, national and international forums.
If you are interested in hosting one of the round tables or if you have questions, please contact Sara Turra, the programme coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.