Joop de Jong invited to join ‘Cultureel Vermogen’ national project team

Recently, the national project Cultureel Vermogen received a substantial grant from the Dutch Cultural Participation Fund (Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie/FCP), and will also be supported by the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst/LKCA). Joop de Jong will research the project together with LKCA.

FCP and LKCA are part of the Dutch Cultural System and receive funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

In 2018, four directors of Dutch centres for art education, together with LKCA and Cultuurconnectie, published ‘Cultureel Vermogen’. ‘Cultureel Vermogen’ wants to offer a new approach to cultural education and cultural participation. The central notion is that full citizenship in an open, pluriform and democratic society requires cultural capabilities. ‘Cultureel vermogen’ offers a frame of reference for providing these capabilities by connecting education, cultural participation and democratic citizenship. The project Cultureel Vermogen is inspired by Cultural Democracy projects in the UK and other countries.

The basic question of the Cultureel Vermogen project is how to make cultural capabilities which are essential for full citizenship, available to all youngsters in the Netherlands.

Researching the effects of working with Cultureel Vermogen as underlying principle, its success and fail factors, and possible ways of transferring knowledge about success factors, which involves developing and testing suitable research methods and indicators, is an important element of the overarching national project.

The national project has four regional pilots or proeftuinen: Amsterdam, North, East and South of the Netherlands (Zuid). Involved in pilot Zuid are Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg, Kumulus/Kaleidoscoop, Trajekt and COA. The central focus of pilot Zuid is on youngsters with no or limited cultural participation (official definition), within the Kumulus projects ‘De Kunstketel’ and ‘Boost your Talent’. Many of them have only recently arrived in the Netherlands.

Joop de Jong, Sandra van Helden en Ward Schoonbrood will research proeftuin Zuid. In addition Joop de Jong will conduct the overarching research of the national project, together with researchers of LKCA. The project ends in the spring of 2021.

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