Founding partners

ICEnet could not have been developed without the support and co-operation of several organisations working on the agenda of creative education all over the world.

The founding members of ICEnet are (in alphabetical order):


Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), the United Kingdom


CCE is an international NGO which aims to transform the lives of children and families by harnessing the potential of creative learning & cultural opportunities to enhance their aspiration, achievements, skills & life chances. CCE has a particular focus on unlocking the creative potential of children and young people in and out of formal education to prepare them for success in the creative economy of the 21st century. CCE promotes the value of its work by building a strong evidence base, stimulating debate amongst policy makers and opinion formers, and through the development and delivery of high quality programmes. CCE is best known in the UK for the delivery of Creative Partnerships (CP), the UK Government’s flagship creativity programme.

Between 2008 and 2011, CP operated in over 4,000 schools, supporting 6,000 projects with 60,000 teachers and over ¾ million young people. CCE is a winner of a 2011 WISE Award from the Qatar-based World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Foundation for the programme. The success and scale of CP has generated considerable interest abroad. CCE is now supporting the design and delivery of programmes modeled on CP in Lithuania, Norway and Germany, is advisor on Creative and Cultural education to organisations as diverse as the City of Amsterdam and the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Western Australia. CCE has an extensive portfolio of partners and projects, not only in Europe but also beyond, such as South Korea, Australia, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Chile, Taiwan and Singapore.

CCE provides a diverse range of services, including programme design and consultancy, research, expert speakers or professional development. CCE trains creative professionals and teachers to develop the creativity of children, by focusing the training on approaches to developing the creative and transversal skills that underpin effective learning.

Cultuur-Ondernemen ("Culture-Entrepreneurship"), the Netherlands


Stichting Cultuur-Ondernemen (Foundation for Culture-Entrepreneurship) stimulates entrepreneurship among artists, cultural creatives and cultural organizations, and pioneers creativity in other sectors such as education/schools, trade & industry and social organizations.

Cultuur-Ondernemen inspires cultural creatives, and stimulates them in their ongoing evolution. In conjunction, we focus on new ways to earn a living from work. Our provision of services has been developed in close co-operation with artists and cultural creatives. Accordingly, we are able to respond effectively to relevant themes and issues. A selection of our activities: personal advice, individual supervision, career consultations, educational programmes, training, assignments and financial support (such as loans and funds, for example). One of the fields of attention over the last 10 years has been Cultural Education in elementary schools and the role artists can play in this. A unique one-year training program for professional artists was developed. More then 600 professional artists followed this training and work as creative practitioners in elementary schools.

Drömmarnas Hus ("House of Dreams"), Sweden


Drömmarnas Hus is a cultural center for children and young people based in Malmö, working on important issues for 23 years now. We employ artists to work with children and young people within all our projects. We work in schools but also meet children and young people in many other contexts. We work closely with teachers too and we have produced a large base of pedagogical writings.

We work with culture, nature, creative pedagogy, creativity and most cultural expressions, such as theater, music, film, art, writing, dance, cultivating and outdoor education. One of our keystones is the meeting between young people and professional cultural workers. We see ourselves as pilots to introduce young people’s ideas in a professional context, with professional opportunities. We act as multipliers of culture in a creative learning and we see it as a tool for social change. We work with children and young people on the basis that all children have the right to culture and we believe in the equal value. We believe in desire and joy as the driving force, the strength of being part of a context. We want to create opportunities for children to be seen, acknowledged and taken seriously.

Interacta, Croatia


Interacta, Udruga za produkciju i interakciju u kulturi i obrazovanju (Association for Production and Interaction in Culture and Education) is a Croatian NGO. Its main aims are to promote and introduce cultural and creative education and new culturally inclusive educational programs into the Croatian educational system, protect the rights of members of the community to cultural and social inclusion, promote the cultural activism and citizen participation in cultural and educational activities, enhance the social, cultural and intellectual development of citizens, promote free exchange of knowledge and cultural and artistic creativity of members of the community regardless of their age. We want to include artists, curators and other cultural practitioners into formal and non-formal education and develop children’s and young people’s knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in society. Our intention is to actively participate in the creation of a wider cultural and educational policies and build our own identity, visibility and reputation on the local, national and international level.

Oppland fylkeskommune, Den Kulturelle Skolesekken ("Oppland County Council, The Cultural Rucksack"), Norway


Den Kulturelle skolesekken (DKS; “The Cultural Rucksack”) in Oppland County is a regional public organization. The aims of DKS are: to enable children and young people in primary and secondary school to enjoy artistic and cultural productions provided by professionals; to facilitate the pupils’ access to a wide range of cultural expressions, so that they can become acquainted with and develop an understanding of culture in all its forms; to assist schools in integrating different forms of cultural expression with their own efforts to attain learning goals.

DKS in Oppland is hiring about 150 – 200 artists every year, from all over Norway or even the rest of the world. Its work is unique and substantial, and is an important contribution within Norway, which as a country has been connecting artists with young people systematically over 13 years now.

Společnost pro kreativitu ve vzdělávání ("Association for Creativity in Education"), Czech Republic (in Czech only)


Our objective is to include artists and art into formal, non-formal and informal education, and to use creative teaching methods to develop creative potential of children and youth, especially their basic life-skills, develop teachers and creative teaching methods in schools, utilize cooperation with artists in lifelong learning and community development. Since creative education and involvement of artists in different settings as innovators and trainers is a newer concept in the Czech Republic, our activities also aim on promotion and introduction of creative education in the Czech Republic.

We organize seminars and workshops for key stakeholders (school leaders, educational authorities, artists), roundtable discussions of experts and stakeholders to promote creative education and its methods. 

Some examples of our projects:

•             Tvoříme spolu (We create together) – project is using visual art to support social inclusion of migrant children and development of their social competence and Czech language proficiency.

•             Týka sa nás to/Týká se nás to (It matters to us) – project is using slam poetry, hip-hop, street art to develop civic competence of young people from Prague (CZ), Košice (SK) and Banská Bystrica (SK) and their interest in community life and active citizen participation.

T-Tudok, Hungary


T-Tudok Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research Inc. began operating at the end of 2007 as an educational research and knowledge management centre.

The aim of the Centre is to help decision makers, experts and people interested in education to understand better the developments and tendencies going on in the field of education. In order to reach this goal the Centre strives for giving wide publicity for results produced by home and foreign research groups.

The Centre would like to help educational practice by finding and distributing good practices in order to enhance effectiveness of teaching and learning. That is why the Centre’s activity involves evaluation of development programmes and impact analysis of policy interventions.

Ugdymo plėtotės centras ("Education Development Centre"), Lithuania


Ugdymo plėtotės centras / Education Development Centre (UPC) is a state educational institution which provides educational support for students, teachers and for schools. UPC is responsible for the most important areas of educational support for Lithuanian educational community.

UPC’s aims: 1) formation of general, non-formal children and adult education curriculum which corresponds to the needs of society; 2) initiation, creation and implementation of innovations in the field of general education as well as non-formal children and adult education; 3) initiation and implementation of general, non-formal children and continuing adult education quality assurance activities.

UPC develops general education curriculum, teacher training programmes, and implements continuing adult education, evaluates textbooks and educational tools, carries out EU Structural Support projects, and collaborates with teachers of all Subject Associations and the other social partners

Vitamine C, Belgium (in Dutch only)


Vitamine C is a cross-cutting network of organizations, institutions and individuals in Flanders, Belgium, who stand up for art and culture as vital vitamins for children and youngsters. Vitamine C brings together cultural centers, art centers, theatre and dance companies, museums, libraries, amateur arts, the cultural education sector, artists and creative practitioners, youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, schools, and so on. It is a bottom-up platform for all, both in policy and in practice, who are passionate about connecting young people with the arts.

Vitamine C believes that every child and every youngster should have the opportunity to enjoy culture or participate in culture. We believe that culture and the arts offer a unique creative space for young people to develop their talents, creativity and personality, to transform their lives.

Vitamine C offers its more than 600 members in Flanders a platform to share information, knowledge, experiences, best practices, etc. in a very informal way: both by offering an online social network and by organizing small to bigger events where people can meet each other.

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