“ACCE” stands for “Ambtelijke Coördinatie CultuurEducatie” and is the official coordination platform between the various entities of the policy domain Culture, Youth and Media, in which policy officials from different departments are represented. In 2016 the ministers of culture and of health care signed an agreement to collaborate on stimulating cultural participation by older people.
Culture and education meet in CANON Cultuurcel, the cultural unit of the Education Department, set up to give culture a place within the school environment. The Ministry of Culture initiated several large-scale participation surveys. The results showed that levels of cultural participation largely reflect levels of schooling and education. The family situation also has an influence on the way people participate in culture.
Cultural education crosses several policy fields (Culture, Youth, Sports, Media, Education, Care and well-being…) and different sectors and actors are involved. The activities of actors within the policy fields of Culture and Youth are being regulated by a whole series of different measures (decrees, regulations, directives…). This has translated into a very rich and diverse, but fragmented field of cultural educational organisations, projects and operations. Depending on the decree that settles their allowance and / or recognition, organisations must take into account other formal or organisational criteria such as the target group (youth or adults), number of hours and type of training, operational area (within or outside the school), orientation (guidance to the professional arts, personal development…)… in order to get subsidized. Therefore, one cannot really speak of a homogeneous cultural education “sector” that organizes itself collectively with a view to practical support, knowledge acquisition, networking… Irrespective of the Decree under which they are subsumed, art education experts can meet each other in the learning network Vitamine C.
French-speaking Community of Belgium
The sector of artistic education does not depend on the General Administration of Culture, but on the General Administration of Education and Scientific Research and, more specifically, the Direction of non-compulsory education. Details concerning this sector will be given later.