Why are we running this project?

Access and exposure to arts and culture can change our view of the world, ourselves, and others, improve our capacity for dialog, and open up new ways to shape the world and take action. Especially considering the complex social changes of our time, cultural education offers great potential to shape and process new developments. This makes cultural participation a key to social cohesion and active involvement in shaping social processes.

To date, however, there has been no independent expertise that considers cultural education from an interdisciplinary perspective.

What are our goals?

The Rat für Kulturelle Bildung (Council for Cultural Education) examines conditions, quality levels, and perspectives of cultural education in Germany and to represent these interests vis-à-vis the general public as well as lawmakers, scientists, and practitioners.

The council’s goal is to highlight the general social importance of cultural education and give arts a stronger voice in the education policy debate. Aesthetic perception and creation should be positioned in the public eye as effective elements of the educational process and be appreciated as an integral part of everyday social life as well as general education. Arts and culture should not be reserved for certain social groups, but be available to all members of society.

How does the project work?

The Rat für Kulturelle Bildung is an independent, scientific advisory body that does not cater to political or other interests and deals extensively with the status and quality of cultural education in Germany. As an expert council, it stays abreast of current trends and correlations, exploring both individual and structural conditions for successful cultural education.

At present, the council consists of 13 representatives from the fields of cultural sciences, pedagogy, educational sciences, music and literature communications, media, literature, arts, music, dance, and theater. Members apply their extensive knowledge to consulting with players and stakeholders in the arts, politics, academia, and the business world. They provide impetus to question existing structures critically but constructively, point out needs for action, and present development prospects. The council also offers specific recommendations on certain aspects of cultural education and takes an active stand through lectures, conferences, and panel discussions on current culture policy issues. To improve the level of information about cultural education in Germany, it presents annual expert assessments, studies, and white papers focusing on the practical relevance of its scientific findings on relevant long-term conditions and effects of cultural education.

Who organizes and supports the project?

Founded in 2012, the “Rat für Kulturelle Bildung e.V.” association is currently supported by a network of seven foundations active in the field of cultural education: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Deutsche Bank Stiftung, Karl Schlecht Stiftung, PwC-Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, and Stiftung Nantesbuch.