In keeping with the Folkwang idea of Karl Ernst Osthaus, education and outreach are among the core tasks of the Museum Folkwang. The museum sees itself as a place of discussion and exchange about art in a regional and supra-regional perspective. For many years it has been facing up to the reality of an immigrant society in the Ruhr region and has made intercultural dialogue one of the focal points of its educational and outreach activities.
A central concern for education and outreach is to do justice to the diverse society of the Ruhr region and to enable diverse forms of participation. Art education at the Museum Folkwang aims to create a stimulating place of perception and reflection through the experience of encountering the original, the moderated discussion and the practical and artistic impulses that are coordinated with it, which constantly offers new opportunities to talk about art for different users.
The mediating strategies and the repertoire of methods aim at activating the visitors. In addition to exhibition talks and workshops, the wide-ranging programme also includes lectures, seminars, readings and concerts. Workshop and seminar rooms offer a protected space for aesthetic experiences and artistic learning. In addition, there are digital education services such as the modular museum app for individual visitors, the Radio Folkwang podcast and online tutorials for children and young people.
There is close cooperation with the education departments of the other 21 museums in the RuhrKunstMuseen network. The Museum Folkwang is a member of the RKM's Cultural Education Working Group. The office for longer-term, cross-museum projects for schools (RuhrKunstNachbarn, RuhrKunstUrban) is based in Essen.
There is also a sustained exchange of knowledge with the university sector: the curator and the research assistant are also lecturers at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Technical University of Dortmund respectively and work continuously with students from various disciplines at the Museum Folkwang. The Education and Outreach Department is supported by a large number of freelancers (art scholars, artists, art educators).
Curator: Peter Daners
Research Fellow: Annika Schank
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