Art-historian (University of Amsterdam) Erica Kubic lectured Art History and Museum Management for 10 years at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Upon her return to the Netherlands she became Head of the Children’s Museum of the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. In 1992 she was one of the co-founders of the European Network of Arts Organisations for Children and Young People (EUnetART) for which she coordinated collaboration projects and exchanges for the next 12 years, four of which as Secretary General of the network. In that capacity she gained in-depth knowledge of European funding and managing international projects. In 2000 she set up the Dutch Cultural Contact Point for the EU Culture Programme. More currently she worked for Kunstenaars&CO (Artists, Culture and Entrepreneurship) as project manager, coordinating projects in which artists learned to use their specific skills in the social sector, such as prisons, elderly care homes and community art for social cohesion. She coordinated the international research and artistic workshops for the EU EQUAL project, which was aimed at bringing disadvantaged people closer to the labour market. The project used the arts for gaining employability skills.
Ankie has accumulated her knowledge and experience in the arts and cultural world, particularly in the performing arts. She was involved in differend fields such as organization, management, financial management and fundraising. She worked as an coordinator adviser for several theater and dance company’s. She was also member of the “Raad voor Cultuur”a body that acts as an adviser of the Dutch Government on dance theatre and the arts.
In all her functions, she has been involved in projects that were socially engaged, innovative. All of them were projects where the power and creativity in people met, and where ideals, creativity and passion are the leaders elements in the work.
After his education at the “Willem de Kooning” Academy for fine Arts in Rotterdam, Ed worked as a painter, soon he also became involved in teaching. He has taught many art classes, some of them at art colleges, many in other settings, but hardly ever in formal school settings.
He became involved in working with underpriviliged groups when he started teaching art classes in prisons. Later on, he also started working with theater and music in prisons.
From 2009 he worked as a national coordinator of art education in all Dutch prisons. Through his work as a national coordinator he became involved in several European Projects such as PAN (Prison Arts Network), PEETA (Personal Effectiveness and Employability skills Through the Arts), Primedia (Prison and Media) and PICP (Partners In Crime Prevention) in most of these projects he was the coordinator or a member of the Steering Committee.
Ed is also the Dutch Liason Person of the EPEA (European Prison Education Association).