In 2012 the largest programme of support for cultural education was set up to support extra-curricular activities for educationally disadvantaged children and young people.
8.3.1 Institutional overview
At the federal level, the main governmental responsibility for art and cultural education lies with 3 ministries: the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth started implementing their "Discrete Youth Policy" in 2011. In particular, the field of Cultural Education can advance the area of accepting non-formal education and cooperation with formal education. In addition to an innovation fund for Cultural Education in the realms of "Discrete Youth Policy", in 2012 the ministry will provide approximately 8.5 million EUR in order to advance the federal infrastructure and professional enhancements in the practices of cultural policy.
The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media announced a support programme for pilot programmes of artistic and cultural intermediation in 2011 in the amount of 1.2 million EUR. The subsidy for this programme is planned to be increased in the upcoming year.
Supported will be sustainable model projects, qualifications, nationwide conferences, recommendation focused research, that give impetus for a qualified artistic and cultural intermediation and enable new methodical approaches. These projects should aim especially those people that don't come into contact with cultural activities offered by traditional cultural institutions and enable them to own cultural activities.
The "Alliance for Education" was established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and forms a cooperation of 29 initiatives, associations and foundations in the field of culture, education, sports and economy to support and encourage educationally disadvantaged children and young people.
In 2012 the Federal Ministry for Education and Research announced the largest programme of support for cultural education. The main aim of the programme named "Kultur macht stark" ("culture encourages") is to support extra-curricular activities for educationally disadvantaged children and young people. This will be implemented through alliances for education via national organisations at municipality level. The funding started in 2013 and will be extended over 5 years. In 2013 the Federal Ministry for Education and Research is providing 30 million EUR, with in total (2013-2018) approximately 230 million EUR.
Another project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research since 2012, which is implemented by the Deutscher Kulturrat: a dialogue platform on cultural education.
The results of recent cultural policy discussions revealed that arts education for children and young people in schools and in non-school education has to be strengthened. The "Enquete-Kommission" on Culture in Germany placed this topic on the top of its agenda. Other initiatives worth mentioning are: