The Goethe-Institut develops initiatives to provide a current, clear and realistic image of Germany. To this end, we disseminate thematically relevant information. We introduce, organize and support projects that present and augment a variety of views of Germany. One of our most important goals is to build bridges between people and organizations in Germany and the United States, thereby counteracting existing stereotypes and prejudices.
Our programs feature important elements of contemporary German culture. Not only does the Goethe-Institut present art and culture from Germany, but we also convey the intellectual trends and social issues now under discussion. We seek to build relationships between the cultural spheres of Germany and the United States on the individual as well as the institutional level.
We strive to awaken interest in students to learn the German language. In our support for the teaching of German within the American educational system, we work in close collaboration with various professional organizations, especially the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). As advocates for greater general knowledge about Germany, we make special efforts to help develop social-studies curricula for public schools.
We understand German culture to be an element of a larger European culture. In cooperation with other European cultural institutes and partners, we strive to improve existing transatlantic cultural networks. Acknowledging that we share common problems and challenges, we work to channel intellectual, artistic and practical contributions from Europe in the formulation of mutual solutions. Political conflicts can not be ignored—we see them rather as opportunities for dialogue. We believe that a united Europe can be a strong partner of American society.