About Us

The ibk (Institute for Education and Culture / Institut für Bildung und Kultur e.V.) is a registered non-profit that has been specialising since 1984 in research and project development at the interface of the arts and culture; work life; new technology and digital media. Its mission is to promote cultural participation and education of all ages and cultures. For many years the Institute has been exploring new pathways to learning through arts education and innovative artistic approaches. 

One core area of ibk’s research activities is the impact of demographic shift on the cultural sector as well as the potentials and chances of arts education for older people and intergenerational dialogue. Therefore, in 2008 ibk has founded kubia (Centre of Competence for Creative Ageing and Inclusive Arts).


Furthermore we have conducted studies and pilot projects on the following topics:

  • Advanced Training for Artists and Extension of their Vocational Field
  • Intercultural and Inclusive Arts
  • Cultural Competencies for Changing Working Environments
  • Cross-border Culture
  • New Media in Arts and Education
  • Cultural Management
  • Arts and Culture in Rural Areas
  • Arts in Therapy and Prophylaxis

The projects of the ibk are supported by state and federal funds, private foundations and funds of the European Union.


ibk is a registered non-profit association.

Managing Board:

  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Keuchel, Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung des Bundes und des Landes NRW, Remscheid
  • Dr. Angelika Kordfelder, Rheine
  • Gerda Sieben, jfc Medienzentrum, Köln