As the Kulturelle Bildung Department (Department of Arts Education) team, we are dedicated to fostering connections among the arts, culture, youth, education and urban society. In arts education, all participants use artistic methods and work together on an equal footing.
Most projects are designed with and by children, youth and young adults. They contribute their own experiences and ideas to the project design and its creative processes. To ensure this exchange, we support tandem projects between arts and culture actors along with youth and education partners. We also offer qualification and training formats for future and already-experienced project leaders and other project participants. Our approach is critical of discrimination and diversity-oriented. This means that we include in our formats the knowledge and perspectives of people who still experience exclusion and are too rarely represented, especially in the arts, culture, youth and education. Our goal is for arts education projects to truly reflect the multifaceted lives, worlds and cultural practices of young people. To achieve this aim, the active group of project leaders must become more diverse. This shift is essential if Berlin’s social diversity is to be reflected in arts education.
Our work includes the fields of support, qualification, and community work. In one such area, we administer the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung (Berlin Project Fund for Arts Education), which has helped to achieve numerous groundbreaking projects in the field of arts education in Berlin since 2008. Further, through the community platform Kubinaut, we provide the main digital contact portal for arts education in Berlin. Another key component of our work is a diversity-oriented qualification program for actors in arts and arts education. Starting in 2021, the Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis (Berlin Project Fund Urban Practice), supporting artistic projects in urban space, will expand our outreach.