About us

Quality Now! is organised by four partners. On behalf of the four partners the following group of people form the steering Committee:
Joost Kuggeleijn (The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)
Fenna van Hout (City of Amsterdam)
Jan Jaap Knol (The Cultural Participation Fund (FCP))
Ocker van Munster (National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) )

The practical organisation of the conference is in hands of

Back row, left to right: Marjo van Hoorn, Désirée de Kreuk, Vera Meewis, Marie-José Kommers, Sanne van den Hoek (all LKCA)
Front row, left to right: Piet Hagenaars (project leader), Marlies Tal (all LKCA)
Not in picture: Julia Terlunen (FCP)

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science works to create a smart, skilled and creative environment in the Netherlands. Its mission is to ensure that everyone gets a good education and is prepared for responsibility and independence. The Ministry also wants people to enjoy the arts, and aims to create the right conditions for teachers, artists and researchers to do their work.

The National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) collects, develops and circulates knowledge on arts and cultural education and amateur arts. This knowledge is shared through numerous forums such as websites, newsletters, publications, knowledge communities, presentations and meetings. The LKCA works jointly or for policy makers, board members and directors, researchers, professionals and volunteers in arts and cultural education and participation.

The Cultural Participation Fund (FCP) aims to promote participation in the arts and culture by encouraging people to take an active part in artistic and cultural activities. In achieving this, we work closely with governments, (private) funds, private partners and research institutions. We provide funding to institutions, stimulate debate, initiate research, and facilitate knowledge-sharing in the field of cultural education, the amateur arts, and popular culture.

Amsterdam is an international city of culture, offering a diverse selection of arts. The covenant of the Standard Package for Art and Cultural Education in primary and special education is considered to be unique to Amsterdam’s cultural life. It is a joint long-term investment (10 years) by the central municipality, the city districts and almost every school board. It is designed to invest in good quality cultural education; its goal is to provide up to three hours cultural education per week at every school. With the covenant Amsterdam is focusing on a diverse audience and artists of tomorrow, and aiming for a world standard in cultural education.