Institute of Polish Culture at University of Warsaw (Poland) runs innovative research and courses in cultural anthropology, theory and history of culture, theatre and performing arts, film and audiovisual media as well as VET courses. In 1998 IPC initiated a line of study in “Cultural studies”, including practical specialization “Culture animation”. In the same year IPC’s project ANIMA – Training Programme in Culture Animation, was received a grant granted from Leonardo da Vinci Programme. In 2000 the project was given a status of Leader project. In the next years following projects were funded by granted from LdV: ANIMUS – Network of education and training in culture animation (2001), ANIMATOR – Programme of education and re-education in culture animation through practice (2006), ANIMATOR-BIS – Media in culture animation, exchange of experiences and skills (2006), HANDMADE – Culture animation: learning through practice (2008). Institute of Polish Culture is the coordinator of LOCALISE project.

Art Institute (AI) at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) is a governmental institution focused mainly on research and students’ training. It is also interested and active in social and cultural dialogue in Lithuania. AI has had long experience in organising research on cultural activities of different communities and social groups in Lithuania. AI co-operated with IPC as a partner in the projects funded from Leonardo da Vinci program: ANIMUS – International Network for Training in Culture Animation (2001-2004), ANIMATOR – Programme of education and re-education in culture animation through practice (2006-2008). In the frames of these projects AI co-organised four study trips in Poland and Lithuania. Among the results of these projects one should mention culture animation projects in co-operation with community artists from UK realized in Lithuania and a course of culture animation and community work included in post-graduate curriculum.

Creative Communities Unit (CCU) at Staffordshire University (United Kingdom) is run by a team of specialists in community work, community arts, community development and regeneration. It offers interdisciplinary courses that bridge the gap between theory and practice in arts for health, community arts, creative consultation, regeneration, practical project management, volunteering and youth work. Its puts particular stress on learning through practice as well as on working with various communities and social groups. Its strong vocational focus is reflected in their offer of “short courses” – academic modules addressed to practitioners, governors, local council officers and others interested in developing better methods for working with communities. The academic offer is supplemented with a programme of placements in local institutions. In 2008-2009 CCU was a partner in HANDMADE – Culture animation: learning through practice project, funded within Leonardo da Vinci programme.