Community culture, community education

A sector and the pertaining institutional system of the cultural sphere, which provides for active community education and conveys cultural goods and services. It operates with the help of governmental, municipal and other funds, complying with general and specific legal requirements.
The concept also encompasses a system of conditions and activities encouraging and helping cultural activities of individuals and communities, offering opportunities for self-education, civic self-organization, community education as well as for life-long learning in all dimensions of life.
Community culture is therefore an activity developing the individual and society as well, where the final goal of cultural organizations, adult education and of the provision of culture is to improve quality of life and to develop human resources.
The concept of community culture covers the community’s (groups of citizens organized by age or interest, for example) education, which requires the presence and active participation of the community, and may be connected to specific organizations, institutions, physical spaces.

The terms community culture and community education are synonymous. The purpose of using the term community education and introducing it among the terminology of professional and political life is to emphasise that cultural processes, activities performed by community education institutions, organizations and community education public services have a communal nature – i.e. the community is a subject, participant and target of this set of activities at the same time.


[1] Koncz, G. – Németh, J. – Szabó, I. (eds.). Közművelődési fogalomtár. [A glossary of terms for community culture]. 2007, Ministry of Education and Culture

This article based on the following document: Community development methodological guide