On 4 October 2018, a new body was created within LAC to mark a Reflection and Dialogue Day (JRC): the Council for Activities and Projects, or CAP. It is a direct result of the processes of setting up a collaboration between the cultural centres in the Brussels Region.
The structure was created during several conversations, discussions and workshops organised over two days of reflection and dialogue on 19 April and 4 October 2018. The goal was to respond better to the logic of collaboration between the cultural centres whilst retaining LAC’s new dynamic of openness and participation.
The creation of the CAP was directly inspired by the Decree on Cultural Centres of 21 November 2013, specifically the clauses devoted to defining the role of the steering committee of cultural centres. Thus the CAP is a response to ‘the need to support the directors and team’ of LAC with ‘the double task of orientation and advice on the one hand and assistance with creating various tools, such as the report on field analyses or pilot meetings, or various evaluations, on the other.’
The similarities between the two bodies also affect the plurality of voices and heterogeneity of the composition of the Council, which aims to combine ‘areas of expertise, visions, perspectives and membership credentials’ with ‘the concern for the common good and for avoiding personal or corporate interests; agreeing to the values and missions; representing different areas of expertise.’
Moreover, the CAP wishes to consider the mechanisms (both decision-making mechanisms and those aimed at evaluation and self-evaluation) that make it possible to:
- Engage the interest and involvement of members of LAC (cultural centres and other socio-cultural and artistic stakeholders) in the work/projects/activities led by LAC, to commit to and interact with them increasingly, both at project level and network/platform level;
- Stimulate new dynamics and reflection on the processes and work of the two other operating levels mentioned above;
- Define a working method that is adapted both to (future) cooperation between the cultural centres in Brussels that is the subject of this request for endorsement and to the new, expanded structure of LAC.
In 2019, the CAP took advantage of a year of experimentation to determine its structure before assuming its fundamental role within cultural cooperation in Brussels in 2020. A charter summarises the main elements of its activity.