My Story

A participatory art project for children and young people

The cultural education course "My Story" has been held weekly at the Künstlerhaus since 2015.
In addition to art education, the focus is on deepening the linguistic-cultural knowledge of the constantly participating children with a migration background. Many children come from educationally deprived to illiterate homes and have little or no participation in communities in our society besides school.

"My Story" was awarded the "Dortmund Lion" sponsorship prize in 2018 by the jury of the Lions Club Dortmund-Rothe Erde, headed by Mayor Birgit Jörder, along with nine other projects. In addition, Linda Opgen-Rhein was invited by the Department for Children and Youth to present her concept as one of several Dortmund examples at a two-day symposium of the Weimar initiative "Growing Up Well in the District."

Since 2019, My Story has been cooperating with Lessing Elementary School in Gneisenaustraße. As an art club, a group of children come to the Künstlerhaus every week and, after short relaxation and concentration exercises, work on stories that are read aloud or on exhibitions that are shown at the Künstlerhaus.
School principal Stephanie Kreutzkamp is keen to continue the cooperation in the future and says: "Our school is located in a district with special challenges. Outside of school, the children hardly know their neighborhood, and joint family activities usually take place rather rarely. The cooperation with the Künstlerhaus offers the children the opportunity to build up trust in the district. The perceived offers with Mrs. Opgen Rhein expand in particular the social and personal competence of each child in a special way. Children are seen in their strengths outside of school learning and practice situations and can perceive and develop them. This simply gives our children a good feeling."
A documentation brochure on the project can be requested.

Kindly supported by the Kulturbüro of the City of Dortmund