Kompetenzzentrum für Kulturelle Bildung im Alter und inklusive Kultur (kubia) / Centre for Creative Ageing and Inclusive Arts
Member country: Germany
Contact person: Janine Hüsch (Communications & Public Relations)
Who? kubia is a professional forum and service platform on all issues relating to cultural and arts-based activities for older and/or disabled persons. It is based in Cologne, Germany. The target groups are artists, arts facilitators, care professionals, staff of cultural institutions and local authorities.
What? kubia provides information, training, networking opportunities and advice on all issues relating to cultural and arts-based activities and lifelong learning. The aim is to raise awareness of the important role of cultural participation at all ages by developing trend-setting concepts and innovative models.
We focus on professionalising arts-related educational practices for older people and persons with disabilities, promoting inter-generational dialogue through the arts, developing arts-based programmes for the frail and people with dementia, promoting participation and volunteer work in arts and culture in later life as well as developing intercultural and inclusive schemes. KUBIA also runs a forum for theatre by older adults in North Rhine-Westphalia (Theatergold).
Why join Amateo? The philosophy of the Amateo network is very much in line with our conviction that artistic and creative activities and cultural participation are important keys to social inclusion, quality of life and wellbeing. We look forward to working with like-minded partners on an international level.
We appreciate very much being part of Amateo as a European cultural network since we benefit and learn from the mutual exchange and the co-operation for a common cause. International co-operation gives us new inspiration, strengthens our reputation on national level and helps us to improve our work.
Future hopes? Together with the Amateo network we would like to ensure that the artistic and cultural participation, especially by the elderly and people with disabilities, plays an important role in the agenda-setting of social and cultural policies in Europe. For this reason, we wish Amateo to be a fast-growing and strong network for the promotion of participatory arts in Europe.
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