KRASS NGO gives children and young people perspectives!
Education is the key to social participation and personal future prospects in our society. With cultural projects KRASS e.V. particularly supports children and youngsters who are disadvantaged socioeconomically at different levels of their path. Our commitment to cultural education:
• We are committed to ensuring that all young people – with and without migration background – have success on their individual path of education.
• We are the contact person and networker for all who want to get involved in cultural education.
• We support educational and youth welfare programs as well as parents in their educational tasks and, together with them, focus the objectives of the educational support.
• We are flexible and open to new project approaches and let our creativity run freely, so support given wherever needed.
• We bundle our competences, creativity, experiences and qualifications and offer them free of charge to promote cultural education.
We do this for all children and youngsters. For our future.
The KRASS e.V. (The KRASS Association) is a program of the Culture for Children Foundation. The administrative head office is KRASS e.V. (Düsseldorf). It was founded in Düsseldorf on October 16, 2009. Since KRASS e.V. is recognized as an NGO, just like the Culture for Children Foundation, all of our activities are nonprofit. In addition to its headquarters, the KRASS association is present throughout locations worldwide. We call these locations “KRASS on location”.
The goals of “KRASS on location” are the same as for the headquarters in Düsseldorf.
The KRASS program consists of four basic elements:
- Association statute
Our vision is the main guideline for all activities that are being conducted under the name of KRASS. It is the focus of the association at large. That is why the vision is of central importance and is always considered before all other matters.
The association statute describes the organization and co-determination of the association’s members. The statute is the legitimization of all our activities. It is valid for each member.
The manual is the basis for the association’s actions. Within the manual, standards are defined, that professionalize and simplify all internal cooperations of KRASS‘s locations. The manual covers all areas concerning the association: organization, communication, accounting, funding, human resources, project management, and law, etc.The contract defines the cooperation in between the head office KRASSe.V. (Düsseldorf), and all other locations (KRASS on location).
The components of the contract are mandatory components for all KRASS locations. This ensures a correct realization of the project.
KRASS e.V. (Düsseldorf), the KRASS Association, is made up of two entities: the management and the member’s assembly. The management consists of two managers: a bursar and a press officer. The member’s assembly is held annually.
In order to deal with any additional assignments by the administration in Düsseldorf that arise out of its status as the head office, we divided the tasks into six areas:
- Acquisition: of funding, sponsoring and art materials
- Project management: organization and execution of programs and projects
- Finances: planning, accounting, controlling
- Administration and law: as a primary area of work
- Human Resources: coordination, membership activities, coaching
- Communication: design, marketing, public relations
However, on the site of “KRASS on location” the organizational scheme may vary. The work in the different locations is carefully adjusted to site-specific and staff circumstances.
Next to the transmission of artistic and media content, we greatly value the adherence to educational standards. The artists have to meet these when working with children and adolescents. As a general rule children should be supported in their personality. Our projects and programs communicate the following points:
Creativity: a free and individual expression (verbal und nonverbal)
Crafting abilities: Transposing and designing ideas usefully, through writing, image, objects and materials.
Responsibility: through integration und tolerance.
Taking part: in social life.
Confidence: discovery of your own personality (strengths and weaknesses) and the environment , Overcoming basic fears, sustainable self-discovery and self-reflection .
Teamwork: training the ability to communicate and deal with conflict through dynamic exchange within the group. Own ideas will of course be presented and critically discussed in the end.
Endurance: through trial, experimentation and improvisation. Formation of interesting connections between known and new things
Motivation: inspiring yourself and others with your idea.
Awareness: changing your point of view (playing with light, colors, roles, emotion), to find and fortify your own place in life.
In general, we try to use all different artistic areas and media to follow through with our vision. Depending on the location, there are different focal areas induced by the staff’s resources. We are, however, always striving to give our activities a great variety.
Our projects and programs cover the following artistic areas:
- Fine art I (painting, graphic design, photography)
- Fine art II (sculpture, architecture, artistic craftsmanship)
- Literature (epics, drama, poetry)
- Performing arts (theater, dance)
- Music (composition, vocal and instrumental interpretation)
- Personality and education
Our projects and programs are being communicated through the following media:
- Print (news papers, magazines, posters, books, paintings etc.),
- Broadcast (radio broadcasts, TV, film, audio book)
- Digital Media (PC/Internet, social media)
- Public performance
Foundation “Cultur for Children”
The Culture for Children Foundation was founded from Claudia Seidensticker in Düsseldorf on August 25, 2010. It is permanently funded and follows a cause that is determined by its sponsors. Please find our web page at www.stiftungkulturfuerkinder.de.
The foundation’s organization is made up of the managing directorate that is looked over by the board of trustees. Moreover, a trustee administrates the endowment capital.
The board of trustees and the managing directorate meet several times a year, to discuss the latest developments on the execution of the only present project – KRASSe.V/The KRASS Association. The discussions focus mainly on the KRASS association’s contents and strategies (development of projects and programs of ‘KRASS on location’) as well as conceptual ideas (permanent assurance of a financial base, employee qualification etc.). The managing directorate executes the decisions and reports regularly on their progress.