2.2.2 Infrastructure

In Austria there are several institutions offering educational support related to cultural education in primary schools.

Support institutions

  • KulturKontakt AustriaA central role in providing support as regards cultural education is taken up by KulturKontakt Austria [KulturKontakt Austria]. KulturKontakt Austria initiates, conveys and organises special projects with artists, dancers and choreographers cooperating with schools.

  • Centres for the artsIn the late 1980s and early 1990 education departments were installed in museums and more and more special cultural education programmes for children were developed. Other cultural institutions, such as concert halls and theatres followed. This resulted in a rich infrastructure for education programmes for children.

Cultural Networks

  • Tanz an Schulen [Network Dance in schools]In 2009 KulturKontakt Austria in cooperation with University Sportscentre Vienna [Sportinstitut der Universität Wien] founded the Austria-wide network Tanz an Schulen to provide a platform for educators and contemporary dancers (KulturKontakt Austria, 2009, p. 6).
  • Forum:Bildende Kunst [Visual Arts Forum for the mediation of the visual arts] The Forum:Bildende Kunst is a competence centre for visual arts at the university college of education in Upper Austria. Schools can book cooperation programmes with artists such as dialogues, workshops, visits in ateliers etc. Schools can get financial support.