8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture
The importance of cultural associations in Germany is just as great as their diversity. They range from small local or neighbourhood sponsors of cultural activities to museum associations that run their own institutions. Cultural institutions in smaller municipalities are frequently organised as associations and depend on the voluntary engagement of their members. This refers to the activities of libraries, monument protection, local culture and the running of local museums, historical museums, culture clubs and arts galleries.
Despite this tremendous diversity they all have one thing in common: they are the ideal breeding ground for civic commitment and involvement. The larger ones are prime examples of how volunteers and professionals can work hand in hand. Cultural associations thus form an indispensable structural framework for the sponsorship of cultural activities in the Federal Republic of Germany.