Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
The model project “TextLab Weimar” offers younger secondary-school pupils (grades 5 and 6) the chance to creatively engage with literary texts of Weimar Classicism. In this project, literature is presented not as a finished product, but as a dynamic process. The children begin with a visit to the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv where they investigate the materiality of manuscripts and develop an aesthetic appreciation for them – from revision marks in Schiller’s manuscripts to Goethe’s writing exercises in Arabic. In the poets’ residences, the pupils learn about the origin and reception of the works in their cultural-historical contexts. “TextLab Weimar” aims to establish a close relationship between Weimar as a place of extracurricular learning and school as an institution. The teachers prepare the pupils for the excursion in advance and then follow it up with a discussion. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar has developed the corresponding concepts and materials for the project. In this way, the pupils can become protagonists of the “literary process” themselves and present what they learned to each other in the form of a final presentation.
“TextLab Weimar” was jointly developed by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and Lese-Zeichen e.V. (Thuringian office responsible for promoting literature and art). It was sponsored by the PwC Foundation Youth – Education – Culture from 2013 to 2014.