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 Klassik Stiftung Weimar cooperates with various foundations on educational projects with young people. On this page you will find several examples of our partner programmes.
The START scholarship programme, named after the foundation of the same name, helps academically inclined young people with a migration background to achieve a higher level of education which in turn can increase their chances of becoming fully integrated members of society. In August 2009 and September 2010, the START-Stiftung awarded scholarships to pupils from Thuringia and around Germany to come to Weimar. The scholarship holders participated in the several-day educational project “Cicerone+” where they intensively explored the life and times of Duchess Anna Amalia. In tours, independent group work and in museum-, art- and theatre-pedagogical workshops, students were able to acquire knowledge and a wide range of skills. The educational project concluded with the students developing their own short tours of historical venues based on themes of their choosing. The pupils then presented their personally developed educational formats, e.g. in the form of historical re-enactments. START scholarships were awarded in years since and the collaboration with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar will continue in the future.
Literary journey of discovery
From June to September 2013, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar jointly organised an educational project with the Goethe-Haus in Frankfurt (Freies Deutsches Hochstift) for the first time. The project was co-initiated by the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung and supported by Dr Eckhard Gottschalk, a member of its board of trustees.
Before their summer holidays, 53 pupils in the 7th and 9th grade classes of the Heinrich von Gagern Gymnasium visited Goethe’s birthplace in Frankfurt and learned about the poet’s early and adolescent childhood. After their summer holidays, the pupils were introduced to Goethe’s Weimar period. During an excursion to Weimar, they learned about daily life and the political circumstances which Goethe encountered when he first arrived in Weimar. This was followed by a tour of the Goethe National Museum. The seventh graders learned about Goethe’s social circle, the so-called “Friday socials”, and then “invented” their own scenes. The ninth-grade class developed scenes portraying various themes of the exhibition with the aid of original letters and reports by contemporary witnesses.
The Klassik Stiftung Weimar has collaborated with the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung to organise these excursions on various themes every year since, based on the motto “literary journey of discovery”.