North Rhine Westphalia has made permanent the pilot programme of training all children in musical instruments.
5 states are running a new programme to encourage co-operation between cultural institutions and schools.
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 this context the minister pronounced his high appreciation for the art as developer of the personality. In the coming years the ministry seeks to realise concrete assistance measures on an extensive scale through the programme "Pact on Education" which will start in February 2012.
Cultural education opportunities in- and outside the regular school curricula are offered by public institutions of the Länder or local authorities and by independent initiatives engaged in cultural (youth) work such as music schools, art schools for young people, interdisciplinary cultural workshops and media centres. Some of these initiatives rely on private or mixed funding.
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: