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 is involved in project-related and longer-term collaborations with universities, educational providers and other organisations.
Since autumn 2017 the University of Göttingen and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar have intensified their long-standing collaboration. Every year the university offers a literature and cultural education seminar which closely corresponds both thematically and conceptually to a one- or two-day excursion to Weimar. The university and Klassik Stiftung Weimar agree on the topic of the seminar in advance and develop an excursion programme in close consultation.
This format allows students to gain insights into the practices and educational approaches of a cultural institution. By becoming acquainted with current university discourse and issues of university-level teaching, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar can provide its research and education programmes with a stronger profile that corresponds with the competence of the participating instructors and students.
Every two years these three universities offer parallel seminars on a joint topic with related thematic and disciplinary focuses. The participants of all the seminars meet for a three-day workshop at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, discuss current education-related topics and form interdisciplinary working groups. These groups later present their results at a concluding project day in Weimar. Following the first successful collaborative seminar in 2013 on “Literary Presentation in Museums, Archives and Libraries”, the students addressed the topic “Text-Image Relations” in 2015 and “Aesthetics and Politics” in 2017.
The university partners established this long-term collaboration in order to intensify and systematise the relationship between university teaching and cultural education. This close connection benefits the students with regard to didactics and methodology, enabling them to apply what they’ve learned in the practical field of a cultural institution. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar benefits by gaining access to the latest advances in university research and instruction.
The Klassik Stiftung Weimar opens its museums to prospective art instructors of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, thereby building on the mutual experience gained in project seminars on the commemorative exhibitions “The Bauhaus Comes from Weimar” (2009) and “Back to Nature” (2010). Since then the university has regularly offered seminars which explore the possibilities of teaching art and architecture at extracurricular locations. To this end, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar offers guided tours by museum curators, provides insights into its educational programmes and opens its museums and parks for art-pedagogical experimentation. This enables students to test their own educational concepts in close dialogue with the original works.
The Klassik Stiftung Weimar has been cooperating with the JenDaF e.V. association in the Department of German as a Foreign Language at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena since 2012. The goal is to more strongly integrate Weimar as a place of learning into the international programmes offered by JenDaF e.V. with regard to didactic and methodological considerations. This includes developing courses in Jena whose methods and content correspond to the excursions in Weimar. The collaboration allows the Klassik Stiftung Weimar to tailor its educational programmes more specifically to international groups. In joint preparation for the excursions, the Klassik Stiftung can more strongly focus on cultures of origin and horizons of knowledge, and select and present the content accordingly. At the same time, the goal is to increase the benefit of the excursions through appropriate methodology.
The Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Department of German as a Foreign Language of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena have offered a joint seminar every semester since the winter term 2012/13. The excursions to various historical sites in Weimar are based on the theme “Cultural Concepts of Friendship” and are prepared for and later discussed in class at the university. The seminar examines the subject of friendships, forms of social interaction and friendship books around 1800. In addition to cultural-historical content, the seminar addresses possible presentation forms in Weimar as a place of learning.
Every year some 400 undergraduate and graduate students from almost every continent come to Weimar to attend the Bauhaus Summer School. Aside from the international reputation of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the four-week stay in Weimar is especially attractive to students who are strongly interested in works of the Classical Age. Each year an annual theme determines the thematic orientation of the summer school. An exclusive cultural programme is always part of the courses. The programme by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar consists of theme-based tours and discussions with experts. The language courses are not only held in the classrooms of the university, but also at the poets’ residences and museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar where participants can continue learning in the midst of the original historical works. Didactic materials have been specially developed to provide varied language instruction at the museums. The programme is carried out by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in cooperation with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.