National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA)

The National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) aims to ensure that everyone receives a good cultural education (at school and in their leisure time) and that everyone can participate in cultural activities.

LKCA is located in Utrecht and is organised as a foundation, with a board of directors and a board of supervisors. The director of LKCA is Sanne Scholten.

How do we achieve our goals?

We support professionals and administrators by informing them about our area of expertise. In cooperation with our partners, we organise events where you can meet professionals from across the country who are eager to collaborate and learn from one another. We are also keen to initiate new developments with professionals in the field. Our website is packed with relevant information and offers downloads of our publications. Follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with all the developments both within the arts sector and beyond. If you have a question about cultural education or the amateur arts, you are always welcome to call us or send us an email.

Who do we work for?

Our aim is to help a wide range of people, including art teachers, internal culture coordinators and coaches, education officers within cultural institutions, policy officers, politicians, researchers, school managers, and administrators in the education sector and in umbrella organisations for the amateur arts. Volunteers working in areas such as the amateur arts can also consult LKCA for information. 

Our ambitions

LKCA is committed to:

  • facilitating high-quality, active cultural education, both inside and outside school 
  • encouraging active cultural participation that is available and accessible to all 
  • increasing support for cultural education and participation 
  • connecting cultural education and active cultural participation with society as a whole.

Meeting fellow professionals through LKCA

LKCA regularly organises conferences and network meetings on specific topics and brings professionals, policy makers and administrators into contact with each other. These meetings are publicised through a number of channels, most notably the events calendar and the LKCA newsletter. 

Knowledge and knowledge exchange: website, publications, social media

The LKCA website provides independent information on cultural education and participation in the broadest sense of the term. This includes the latest news from the sector and reliable information on a wide range of issues relating to cultural education and participation. On the LKCA website there are various platforms for sharing your knowledge with other visitors. 


LKCA conducts independent research on developments in cultural education and participation. The institute can undertake this research on behalf of all decision-makers in this field. We help shape political and public opinion by providing stakeholders with information, both unsolicited and on request.

Keep posted

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LKCA is part of the Dutch Cultural System and receives funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for its nationwide support of the education and amateur arts sectors. 

LKCA adheres to the Cultural Governance Code.

Who are our partners?

Among others, LKCA works with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Cultural Participation Fund, the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, the Council of Twelve and its members, and umbrella organisations in the amateur arts sector.