AKKS – The Joint Council of Amateur Arts Associations

AKKS – The Joint Council of Amateur Arts Associations in Denmark – is an umbrella organization for all amateur arts and crafts in Denmark, mainly consisting of the two national organisations for amateur theatre (the Danish Amateur Theatre Association – DATS) and amateur music (Amateur Music Denmark) respectively. It is also open to a broad variety of fields of amateur activities within dance, literature, photography, and open education

The mission of AKKS is to promote amateur arts in a political context as well as in research in order to improve public knowledge of the competences that ordinary people acquire by participating in arts and cultural activities as well as the fact that amateurs arts are integral parts of the arts as such.

AKKS was founded 1974 and reorganised 1998. It has published several books, reports, and statistics on amateur activities within the arts. And it has also organized a range of different conferences on amateur arts and its abilities within socialization, education, and health.

Internationally, AKKS has since 1996 been in close co-operation with the Swedish sister organization (AX – Cultural Organisations in Co-operation), and it has been involved in different Nordic projects. Further, AKKS was 2008 a founding member of AMATEO – The European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities.