The Institute of Polish Culture – Instytut Kultury Polskiej – at Warsaw University, Poland, runs original innovative research and university courses in cultural anthropology, theory and history of culture, theory and history of literature, theatre and performing arts, film and audiovisual media.
In 1998, IKP initiated a line of study in Cultural Studies, with the programme including special practical courses in Culture Animation. In the same year IKP initiated first project connected with Culture Animation – ANIMA. This received funding from the Leonardo da Vinci Programme. Another one, between 2001–04, ANIMUS was the project of International Network of Institutions involved in education and/or practice in the field. It was also financed by LdV Programme and is documented at www.animusproject.com
The Art Institute at Vytautas Magnus University – Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas – in Kaunas, Lithuania, applies an integrated approach to art studies providing students with academic courses in history and theory of architecture, visual arts, music, photography, film, dance, and theatre. The BA and MA degree programmes are designed to develop scholars, teachers, museum researchers, art and theatre critics as well as administrators and practitioners active in the field of culture. The projects and academic activities of the Institute are often developed and realised in co-operation with state museums, galleries and theatres, non-governmental organisations and independent cultural institutions.
Laundry is an association of artists based in the West Midlands, England. Laundry develop projects both as individual practitioners and in collaboration with each other. Members use a wide range of artistic practices and methodologies – photography and film, visual arts, oral history, performance, writing and digital media – working creatively in community contexts and with a diversity of cultures. Laundry members will be working with partners to support young cultural animators in developing and delivering practical artistic projects.
Spolek Richelieu – The Society of Richelieu (Association of Students, Graduates and Friends of DAMU) – in Prague, Czech Republic, was established by students of DAMU in 1998 as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation. The Society supports students and graduates involved in the field of culture, encouraging them to be independent. It gives assistance to projects, which cross the borders between fields or between theory and practice, supporting activities beyond the common curriculum. The Society of Richelieu encourages a reflection of studying and creativity by means of public discussions on accomplished projects and artistic work in general.
Stowarzyszenie Katedra Kultury – Association Cathedra for Culture – in Warsaw, is an NGO association founded and run by students, trainers and graduates of Culture Animation. The Association is experienced in providing platform for graduates enabling them to exchange ideas and discuss problems.