Tasks and goals
The Baden-Württemberg Association for culture and arts education (Landesvereinigung Kulturelle Jugendbildung LKJ), founded in 1980, is a consortium of 29 country-wide organizations, working groups and initiatives for arts education and cultural learning with children and adolescents. The activities range from theater, dance, music, circus, literature to creative media use. As an umbrella organization, we represent the interests for cultural education in the overall field of youth welfare and to the public, politics and administration in Baden-Württemberg.
The LKJ is the organisation responsible for the Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr (FSJ) Kultur, the German voluntary social year in culture, in Baden-Wuerttemberg. It is responsible for the application and placement process, supports volunteers and organises their educational seminars as well as knowledge-sharing events.
The LKJ itself offers creative arts and media education projects through numerous projects for students in Baden-Wuerttemberg. By taking part in media projects, youths increase their media skills and try out being producers of audio or video clips. As “school mentors for cultural youth education”, they initiate more cultural education in their schools. Students who learn to be creative and voice their ideas, learn not only creative and media-focused content, but also more about their own strengths, working in a team and thus increasing their self-confidence.
Culture and arts education is part of general education. It enables young people to understand and to help shape the complex social changes of our time.
Cultural education is education in, for and through the arts. Education stands here for more than the mediation of knowledge. It includes activity and examination of the existing world and opens up participation in social, cultural and political processes.
Education always has an emotional, social and above all sensual-aesthetic dimension.
Culture and arts education works with principles such as self-efficacy, error-tolerance, participation and recognition. It takes the individual with his skills and interests seriously and is a way of self-formation and personality development.
As education nowadays has to give orientation in a fast-changing world, it is a central resource for shaping one's own life. From the point of view of the LKJ, this requires a broad understanding of education, which includes education with all senses and attaches value to the use of the arts in different areas of learning and education.
Exchange of experience
We offer internal exchange of experience and with the country and nationwide "scene" of child and youth culture and arts education for our member organizations. We carry out our own pilot projects and programs, stimulate innovative processes in youth education and organize symposia and vocational training. We also promote the development of new interest groups in the field of culture and arts education.
Cultural education requires intensive cooperation between different educational institutions. The cooperation and networking of schools, professional training, youth, social and cultural sectors is a key to a comprehensive personality development of young people and a forward looking culture of growing up.
Cultural education is diversity and inclusion. Children and young people have a right to cultural education, regardless of the interests and possibilities of their parents. This also applies in particular to children and young people with disabilities or impairments, children and adolescents from immigrant families and children and young people living in difficult circumstances. Where offers are open to all and are used by all, reservations and prejudices are eliminated and social integration succeeds.