Since 1991, the ARS BALTICA network has been connecting the Baltic Sea states by encouraging cultural collaboration. The power and uniqueness of ARS BALTICA lie in combining cultural policy development and close collaboration with cultural operators. Created on the initiative of the Ministries of Culture of the Baltic Sea Region, the network maintains tight links with the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

  • Organisational Structure
    The organisational structure of ARS BALTICA mirrors the strength of the network: all the ARS BALTICA member states are represented with at least one delegate in the ARS BALTICA Organizing Committee. The national desks give input to the daily business of ARS BALTICA, which is run by the ARS BALTICA Secretariat, when necessary. At their meetings which usually take place in spring and autumn each year they take strategic decisions.
    The national desks are placed in institutions which have both cultural and political functions in their respective countries (e.g. ministries of culture, arts councils, cultural institutes etc.). Owing to this structure the ARS BALTICA Committee Members stay in a close relation to both policy makers and cultural operators. ARS BALTICA reports to the Senior Officials Group for Culture of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and to the Conferences of Ministers of Culture of the Baltic Sea States.
    In the Declaration adopted during the Conference held in Bergen (26-27 September 2005) "[t]he Ministers noted with satisfaction the progress in activity of ARS BALTICA […] The Ministers agreed that ARS BALTICA should continue its work within the framework of the Council of the Baltic Sea States with the goal to promote and deepen mutual cultural understanding and requested ARS BALTICA to discuss its future development."
  • ARS BALTICA's main goals
    The main goals of the network ARS BALTICA are supporting the implementation of artistic/ cultural projects of high-quality with a strong focus on the BSR offering platforms for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of (cross-)cultural co-operation adding value to already existing projects and co-operation models through active networking from a higher perspective advocating culture at the meetings of other organisations of the region in order to increase the significance of the cultural sector developing contacts and collaboration with other regional networks and strengthening regional co-operation promoting the Baltic Sea cultural life outside the own core region co-operating with other leading European cultural organisations giving input to a common Baltic Sea cultural policy.
    supporting the implementation of artistic/ cultural projects of high-quality with a strong focus on the BSR
    offering platforms for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of (cross-)cultural co-operation
    adding value to already existing projects and co-operation models through active networking from a higher perspective
    advocating culture at the meetings of other organisations of the region in order to increase the significance of the cultural sector
    developing contacts and collaboration with other regional networks and strengthening regional co-operation promoting the Baltic Sea cultural life outside the own core region co-operating with other leading European cultural organisations giving input to a common Baltic Sea cultural policy.
  • Projects and the AB logo
    Projects that are granted with the ARS BALTICA Logo are provided with:
    promotion of the project on the ARS BALTICA website, in the bi-weekly ARS ALTICA e-newsletter and via information sent to the partner organisations and media in Europe advising
    funding opportunities assistance in expanding the Baltic dimension of a project and finding proper partners in the core region and beyond privileged possibility for active participation in and project presentation at the ARS BALTICA Forum - a meeting place of cultural operators and decision makers access to a large database of cultural institutions and organisations operating within the BSR and beyond.
  • Contact Details
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Who we are

"The ARS BALTICA network has played an important role in developing a vibrant cultural co-operation among creative people around the Baltic Sea and has successfully branded regional cultural events." (Riga Declaration 2008)