The nationwide funding programme "Kulturstrolche" (Culture Rascals) offers every child, even at primary school age, the opportunity to actively come into contact with a wide variety of art forms and institutions, thus opening up the cultural diversity of their own city.
Cultural institutions and artists in cooperation with the local project managers develop a varied and high-quality cultural offer, which includes all sectors and is tailored to the specific age group of the "Kulturstrolche".
Selected schools as well as classes participate in the project and visit the various cultural offers in class and accompanied by teachers.
They are in close contact with the respective cultural providers in order to prepare and follow up the cultural experiences.
From the 2nd to the 4th school year, the pupils have the opportunity to try out culture and to discover for themselves what they like and what is particularly enjoyable by experimenting.
At the beginning, each child receives a "Kulturstrolche" passport in which their visits and projects in the institutions are documented. Small branch-specific stickers remind them of many experiences and exciting exploratory tours.
Through the "Kulturstrolche", the children get to know as many cultural sectors as possible personally and are introduced systematically and at an early age to the cultural offerings of their surroundings.
By actively dealing with different forms of art, they gain aesthetic experience and develop cultural skills. At the same time, they become familiar with the offerings of cultural institutions, which in turn use the programme to develop cultural offerings and profiles for a young target group with sustainable perspectives and binding power. Schools in turn can sharpen their cultural profile through the support programme.
In addition, the "Kulturstrolche" interlink cultural institutions and schools and create the breeding ground for further cultural education projects, ideally also in joint sponsorship.
The "Kulturstrolche" are run in cooperation with the Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh. The NRW KULTURsekretariat has been involved since the 2011/12 school year, and the following cities are currently participating: Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen, Hagen, Cologne, Moers, Neuss, Oberhausen and Recklinghausen. In 2019 the programme was revised and updated in design - also digitally at kulturstrolche.de.
Member cities of the NRWKS participating in the "Kulturstrolche" funding programme receive funding for implementation and a subsidy for project manager costs upon application.
It is possible for other member cities to apply in consultation with the NRWKS.
There are no application deadlines.
The maximum funding amount is 6,500 euros.
Funding can only be granted if the basic conditions for funding by the NRWKS are met. Detailed information can be found >>here.