Culture Contact

The Culture Contact is the contact person in the school that has contact with the art provider(s). The Culture Contact plays a crucial role in making art experiences meaningful for students at their school. You can find a guide to the role of Culture Contact below, and here are some tips that you can try out:

1. Make a cultural calendar for the school

  • Plan in advance, plot cultural events in a calendar that is available to everyone and make the events a permanent feature within the school year.

2. Communicate, inform, and motivate teachers and other interested parties

Give a verbal presentation to all the teachers
  • Engage and inform teachers by presenting:
    • The whole programme at the beginning of the school year or a few weeks in, and/or
    • The semester's programme at the beginning of each semester, and/or
    • The individual performances right before they take place.
Send information to teachers
  • Inform teachers and other involved parties of coming performances well in advance. Give them information in writing with step-by-step plans, duties and deadlines, and send a reminder when the performance is imminent.
Start a culture event folder and keep everything in one place
  • Ask the teachers to send an overview of the events they attend with their classes and keep it all in one place.
Send information to parents of the Culture Crew
  • Send information to parents of the Culture Crew to inform them of what their children will be taking part in and describe the benefits.

3. Recruit students to assist you (Culture Crew) and give them responsibilities

Establish a Culture Crew
  • Recruit students who want to work as a member of the Culture Crew. Make them a team, give them tasks in organizing events.
  • The number of crew can vary according to the size and type of school.
  • The length of service can also vary from using different students for every performance to several years of service.
    By changing frequently, the benefit is increased ownership among more students. It can also be used actively as a tool to improve the class environment (social inclusion).
Make the Culture Crew visible
  • Give the students event vests or crew t-shirts. This confirms their role, gives them a sense of pride and togetherness and can boost their self-esteem.
Attend the Culture Crew course
  • If a course is offered, attend the course with your students.
  • If there is no course, try holding one yourself.
Book a Culture Crew presentation for teachers
  • Book a time at a teacher’s meeting when the Culture Crew can present the programme for the semester/year – use videos when possible.
Acknowledge and reward the Culture Crew
  • Give a signed diploma to the students for their efforts. Ask the principal to sign it.
  • Praise and reward the students with something special, for example lunch.
  • Or invite the students to other cultural events. This builds the team, expands their knowledge and encourages participation.
  • Read more about the Culture Crew below.


4. Follow-up tasks for the teachers

Ask the teachers to carry out gallups and questionaires (provided by you or the Art Provider)
  • Ask the students for opinions on performances and cultural events so that points of success and possible improvements are noted.
Encourage the teachers to get students to keep a Culture Diary/Log

  • This gives the students a possibility to reflect, digest and express themselves after experiencing a performance or other cultural activities. Depending on the age of the student, they can for example draw, add photos or write in a book - or use digital methods.
Let students express their feelings about productions on an evaluation board in a communal area
  • This is also an ideal possibility for the students to reflect, digest and express themselves after experiencing a performance or other cultural activities.
  • The Culture Contact should take responsibility for the evaluation form.

Published: 20.12.2023 Updated: 21.02.2024 kl.14:38