Beim Rundgang durch das Wittumspalais Weimar.


In our retrospective, you will find a selection of our successful events and model projects of the past. If you have any questions about our work, please feel free to contact us!


Literature – Art – Museum.
Potentials of Presentation at the Interface

The Bavarian Museum Academy, in cooperation with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Kunsthalle Munich and the Literaturhaus Munich, organised a conference in Munich on 25-26 June 2018 on the occasion of the exhibition “You are Faust. Goethe’s Drama in the Arts”. The aim was to explore the specific interplay between art and literature in the context of a museum presentation. 

Cultural Education Meets Civic Education – Room for Games

From 12 to 14 April 2018 an expert workshop was held at the Federal Academy for Cultural Education in Wolfenbüttel. The participants discussed the potential of cultural and civic education collaborations. For more information, see the detailed workshop description.

The workshop was jointly organised by the Federal Agency of Civic Education, the Federal Academy for Cultural Education in Wolfenbüttel, the DGB Bildungswerk and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

Bavarian-Thuringian German Studies Conference

The Bavarian-Thuringian German Studies Conference on the theme “The Vision of Faust” took place in Weimar on 21 and 22 September 2017. The teacher training seminar was organised by the Bavarian and Thuringian State German Studies Associations in cooperation with the Thuringian Institute for Teaching Training, Curricular Development and Media (ThILLM) and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

Student Conference – Testing the Concepts of Beauty

For the first time, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar organised a student conference with over 40 secondary-school pupils from Berlin, Erlangen, Rendsburg and Weimar. The conference was based on the exhibition “Winckelmann. “Modern Antiquity” and took place at the Goethe National Museum on 19-20 June 2017. It offered the participants an opportunity to discuss Winckelmann’s aesthetic views in contrast to concepts of beauty today. 

Symposium – Ideas and Their History. Educational Approaches in Museums and Commemorative Sites

This joint event by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Conference of National Cultural Institutions (KNK) and the Weimar-Jena Academy was held in Weimar on 17-18 November 2016. 

Image, Education, Imagination. Visual Illusion and Self-Empowerment around 1800

On 23-24 September 2016 the Klassik Stiftung Weimar organised a workshop for master’s students and doctoral candidates on the potential of emancipation and self-empowerment in visual aesthetics and art after 1750. The workshop served to promote interdisciplinary networking and academic dialogue between German studies scholars, art historians and media theorists.

Architecture that Builds the Mind

The 5th international symposium on architectural training and research, jointly organised by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Thuringian Chamber of Architects, Art Education Association, Thuringian Institute for Teacher Training, Curricular Development and Media (ThILLM) and the Stiftung Baukultur Thüringen, was held on 13-14 November 2015 at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. 

Civic Education Meets Cultural Education – Urban Space as an Educational Venue

This workshop by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Federal Academy for Cultural Education in Wolfenbüttel, the Federal Agency of Civic Education and the DGB Bildungswerk was held in Weimar on 9-10 November 2015. You can learn more about the workshop on the website of the Federal Agency of Civic Education.

open spaces. New Media in Cultural Education

This conference by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Federal Association of Museum Education, the University of Applied Sciences Berlin and the Arbeitskreis Museumspädagogik Ostdeutschland e.V. was held in Weimar on 14-16 November 2014.

Between Materiality and the Event – Presenting Literature in Museums and Archives

15-16 November 2013; student conference on 14 November 2013

The Museum as a Laboratory of Cultural Education

“Who cares about Goethe anymore?” – Symposium on 9 November 2012
Participative presentation with respect to cultural education – workshops on 10 November 2012

A symposium by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Conference of National Cultural Institutions (KNK). 

The Power of the Muse. Aesthetic Education – Luxury or Necessity?

A symposium by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Freundeskreis Weimar Kulturstadt Europas 1999 e.V., the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., the Lese-Zeichen e.V. and the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere on 15 November 2009. 

The Ways to Culture – Handicapped Accessibility in Museums and Libraries

A conference by the Conference of National Cultural Institutions (KNK) in cooperation with the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek and the German Hygiene Museum from 1 to 3 October 2009. 

RED.BLUE.YELLOW. An Approach to the Bauhaus

3rd International Symposium – Architectural Education in School. 8-9 May 2009

An event by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Thuringian Chamber of Architects, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Thuringian Institute for Teacher Training, Curricular Planning and Media (ThILLM). 



Inclusion Pilot

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar developed a modular educational concept on inclusion and handicapped accessibility in museums and collections in close cooperation with three other museums and exhibition venues. Each of the projects aimed to show by example how cultural participation could be improved to more fully integrate all visitors with regard to their specific needs. The goal of the three-year project (2015–2017) was to develop new models and determine the internal processes necessary for implementing them.

The project coordinator of the “Inclusion Pilot” was the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. In addition to the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the project partners included the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg and the Städtischen Museen Freiburg, with support from the  Bundesverband Museumspädagogik e.V. and the Blinde und Kunst association. The “Inclusion Pilot” was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution passed by the German parliament, the Free State of Thuringia and the City of Weimar.

Crossing Borders in Weimar

As part of a week-long project based on “Ideology and Violence”, secondary school pupils from Bavaria and Thuringia met to examine and discuss issues related to war propaganda during World War I. The project was inspired by the special exhibition “War of Ideologies. Weimar as a symbol of German culture before and during the First World War”. The participants wrote texts, set up Facebook pages, interviewed experts and made short films. The pupils’ cross-media stories were posted on the website, each highlighting a specific location in Weimar with its corresponding geo-coordinates. The result was a web of relationships connecting people, places and stories.

The project was made possible in cooperation with the Stiftung Zuhören and the Bayerische Sparkassenstiftung as part of the “Grenzgeschichten – crossing borders” programme. It was financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution of the German Bundestag.

Between the Lines

This project combined artistic forms of expression in youth culture, classical literature and museum presentation. (Educationally disadvantaged) students at the 8th-grade level and higher discussed questions related to various literary and historical objects of Weimar Classicism which also play a significant role in their own lives and personal experience. The goal was to help these young people recognise language, literature and writing as forms of expression which they themselves can take advantage of.

“Between the Lines” was an offshoot of a joint project between the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, cultures interactive e.V. and the European Youth Education and Meeting Centre Weimar (EJBW). It received financing in 2012 and 2013 by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the funding programme promoting nationally relevant cultural-artistic educational model projects. Additional projects were launched in 2014/2015 in cooperation with the model programme “Cultural Agents for Creative Schools” and with support from the Working Group of Independent Cultural Institutes (AsKI).

Audio portraits in the Weimar City Castle

Secondary school students from Weimar and Apolda were invited in autumn 2013 to take a journey through time, work creatively and develop their own audio clips. They began by acquainting themselves with rooms and exhibits in the castle which revealed the images of mankind around 1800 as well as references to the lives of young people today. They examined landscape paintings, portraits, the daily life of royalty and servants in the castle and the life of Maria Pavlovna. They drafted texts for audio guides which instilled life into the rooms and paintings in the castle, and then recorded their texts at the MDR State Broadcasting Studio in Erfurt. The audio clips were professionally edited and loaded onto the audio guide devices at the City Castle. They are now available to all visitors at the Castle Museum.

The project was developed in cooperation with the Stiftung Zuhören and sponsored by the Auerbach Foundation.


This project ventured into unknown territory in various respects. Pedagogical and methodological worldviews collided when the team at cultures interactive e.V. collaborated with the experts at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. The project consciously put so-called “high culture” in direct contact with subcultural forms of artistic expression. In January 2010 the jointly developed workshop units were tested for the first time on 22 young people from Berlin in a five-day programme. Subcultural techniques, such as graffiti and rap, were used by the students to express their personal views on specific aspects of Weimar Classicism in a practical way. At the end of the programme, the adolescents presented their results, allowing them to use their skills in an entirely different context.

KlassikClubCultures was a joint project between the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, cultures interactive e.V. and the European Centre of Youth Education and Encounter in Weimar.

Meeting World Heritage – Essen, Istanbul, Weimar

The “Classical Weimar” ensemble is one of three World Heritage Sites, which participants of the international pupil and student project “Meeting World Heritage – Essen, Istanbul, Weimar” visited in 2013. Based on the UNESCO resolution of 1972 to protect important sites of cultural and natural heritage around the world, 36 pupils and six university students of applied arts from Essen, Istanbul and Weimar investigated the “Zollverein”, “Historic Peninsula” and “Classical Weimar” World Heritage Sites. The participants examined the concept and dimension of the three World Heritage Sites and artistically presented their ideas on the handling and content of cultural heritage.

The goal of the six-month project, funded by the Stiftung Mercator, was to anchor art and culture more firmly in our educational system and thereby initiate a new teaching and learning culture. The group of 42 adolescents and young adults attended three workshops in Weimar and Essen (March 2013) and four more in Istanbul (June 2013). Additional meetings were also held in each of the cities, along with a holiday workshop for culturally interested children and young people. The finished (art) projects and products were presented to the general public at a final presentation event in Essen in September 2013.

Youth for Heritage

In August 2014 young adults from Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Greece and Germany met in Weimar to participate in discussions and artistic workshops on the subject of “National Commemoration (and Memories) in the Context of European Identity”.

At the 2015 international youth conference, participants from Albania, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Russia and Ukraine addressed the topic “The Invention of the Nation / The Invention of Europe?”. The discussion centred on the role of culture and commemoration in “nation building” and the creation and necessity of cultural identities. From there, they considered the consequences this had on the “European Project” or even the so-called “European Nation”.

The project was coordinated by the European Centre of Youth Education and Encounter in Weimar and supported by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Weimar-Jena Academy and international partners. The project received funding through the EU programme “Youth in Action” and was initiated by German partners together with the Lope de Vega House Museum (Spain), Cervantes Birthplace Museum (Spain), the Cultural Centre Grand Hotel of Dobbiaco (Italy) and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (Great Britain).

Faces of Remembrance

How is history portrayed in everyday life? In what ways do we remember important events in our past and how should we cultivate such memories? These questions were the focus of a one-week workshop in Weimar from 17 to 24 November 2014 at which 30 students from Istanbul, Essen and Weimar engaged in an intercultural dialogue on the topic of remembrance. The workshop was based on genuine examples of a culture of remembrance – public places, buildings and monuments in Weimar with all their social and cultural attributes. The Theaterplatz, its design and prominent Goethe and Schiller monument served as the focus of the discussion. Inspired by what they saw and experienced in Weimar, the students addressed the topics in an international context.

The project was organised by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Stiftung Zollverein and the Cultural Heritage Protection Center in Istanbul, and was sponsored by the EU Erasmus+ youth promotion programme. The project was accompanied by a blog of the same name which documented the project phases and presented their results. An internal Facebook group was set up for the participants of the project.


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.

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