Children and youth culture

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Art & Co.

Dear children, dear young people,

you want to be creative in Gronau and Epe, but don’t know exactly how and where? Then you’ve come to the right place.

At various locations in our city, we offer a colorful and diverse program of dance/movement, art, theater and music for children and young people between the ages of 6-14.

Have fun browsing and participating!

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Cultural backpack

The “Kulturrucksack” is a program of the state of NRW. The aim is to provide all children and young people with free or significantly reduced-cost cultural opportunities.

Gronau is also taking part, together with Ahaus and Heek, and offers great projects for everyone from 10-14 years old to participate in – from drum building to graffiti workshops.

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Children's Theatre

During the winter months between October and March, a children’s theatre is held once a month on a Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. – organised by the youth promotion department of the town of Gronau.

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No other institution reaches as many young people as the school. This is where the Kulturstrolche project comes in: It brings together important actors and partners to form a strong and sustainable network of elementary school, cultural institutions and local artists.

Since 2008, the project has been promoted in the member cities of the Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh, and Gronau is currently also participating in the project with three elementary schools. Kulturstrolche discover, observe and ask questions, but above all they try out cultural forms of expression for themselves. From the beginning of the second school year, the children roam the cultural institutions of their city or region in class and during regular school hours. In the three years of the project, the students should have become acquainted with as many as six different disciplines and institutions or artists. The rock’n’popmuseum, the public library and various freelance artists are among the participants.

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Overall concept for cultural education

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia supports the development of cultural network structures at the municipal level and promotes cities, municipalities and municipal associations that work in a planned manner on the quality of their cultural education landscape through the award “Municipal Overall Concepts for Cultural Education”.

The aim is to open up opportunities for all children and young people to encounter art and culture and to develop an interest in the diversity of cultural life.

The municipal overall concepts are intended to present a systematic further development of cultural education as well as a coordinated and joint approach of politics and administration in culture and education in a comprehensible way.

Gronau took part in the competition for the first time in 2022 and was able to convince the jury of the submitted concept with the first serve. The Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ms. Ina Brandes, did not miss the opportunity to personally present the award. The €15,000 in funding associated with the award will be used over the next two years to support cultural education projects in the city and help build a strong and active cultural network.