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As the kultur_formen 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.

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Theater performance of the akademie der autodidakten of Ballhaus Naunynstraße. Six Four young People of Colour performe in costumes on stage
akademie der autodi­dakten / Foto: Gianmarco Bresadola

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Through the Berliner Projekt­fonds Kultu­relle Bildung (Berlin Project Fund Arts Education), we provide a total of at least 2.930.000 euros annually for arts and cultural projects with children, youth and young adults up to 27 years of age. Indivi­duals, groups, associa­tions or insti­tu­tions can apply for funding for cultural education projects in which young people deal with topics that affect them through the arts. As artis­ti­cally active parti­ci­pants, the young people help determine their projects’ scope and course.

Funding is available for coope­ration projects involving at least one partner from the field of the arts and culture and at least one partner from the field of education or youth services, for example, an artist coope­ration with a school or youth club.

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The Berliner Projekt­fonds Urbane Praxis supports artistic and cultural projects in publicly acces­sible spaces that deal with urban space and society in Berlin. We see public space as a meeting place, as well as a cultural and artistic venue. The aim of the Berliner Projekt­fonds Urbane Praxis is to promote a more solidary society with the help of art and culture and to conso­lidate new and existing partnerships. Access is to be created and barriers broken down. The fund offers the oppor­tunity to creatively shape the city beyond the profit motive.

Who can be supported?

The fund is aimed at all those working in the arts and culture in Berlin — from freelance indivi­duals, independent groups and collec­tives, artistic insti­tu­tions and cultural insti­tu­tions to associa­tions and limited liability companies. The projects should not be made for specific actors and commu­nities, but by and with them.

Which projects are supported?

Funding is available for artistic projects and inter­di­sci­plinary approaches that deal with urban space, which can take place on the street, in parks, in public places, but also in parking lots, backyards, etc. The projects do not necessarily have to be made for specific actors or commu­nities, but by and with them. However, the projects do not necessarily have to take place outdoors.

The projects should think of the city differ­ently and creatively repurpose it. In this way, spaces are to be created that reveal new perspec­tives on urban develo­pment. For this purpose, local actors such as neigh­bor­hoods, initia­tives and associa­tions, district centers, community associa­tions, small stores, handi­craft businesses, etc. should be consi­dered and, if possible, included.

It is important that the projects reflect social exclu­sions and actively work on access possi­bi­lities for people who are affected by discrimination(s). Under­re­pre­sented arts and cultural practi­tioners and practices will be given special consideration.

What is the funding amount?

The regular funding amount is €10,000 — €60,000 per project. For the reduction of barriers and for larger projects, up to 100,000 € can be applied for. However, this must be justified separ­ately. Eligible for funding are not only the imple­men­tation of a project, but also processes and conception phases, such as workshops with the goal of colla­bo­rative project development.

What is the appli­cation process?

You can register on our website and then fill out the appli­cation for funding online. The appli­cation must be filled out in German. Forms and a completed sample appli­cation can be found on our website under “Info & Downloads”. Under “FAQ” we answer the most important questions about the appli­cation process. The jury of the Berlin Project Fund Urban Practice will then decide on the funding appli­cation according to the funding guidelines.

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DRAUS­­SEN­­STADT-Call for Action

In 2022, the Stiftung für Kultu­relle Weiter­bildung und Kultur­be­ratung will award more than 1 million euros in funding from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe for cultural events in publicly acces­sible locations that are eligible for approval.

Thus, cultural events of up to 25,000 euros (gross) can be applied for the imple­men­tation period from June 2022 until the end of October 2022. In justified excep­tions, up to 40,000 euros (gross) can be applied for to reduce barriers.

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Our quali­fi­cation and events program takes a diversity-oriented, discri­­mi­­nation-critical approach. We offer awareness workshops, panel discus­sions and confe­rences to train project leaders and actors for work in the field of arts education. We focus on sensi­tizing parti­ci­pants to forms of discri­mi­nation that affect young people, such as adultism, racism and discri­mi­nation based on gender, sexual orien­tation, social/cultural origin and disability. Additio­nally, people affected by discri­mi­nation are supported through empowerment programs to implement their own arts education projects. In addition to our events program, we publish documen­tation and brochures on these topics.

The online platform Kubinaut — Navigation Kultu­relle Bildung (Arts Education Navigation)is a central contact point for cultural education in Berlin. Whether as a cultural insti­tution, youth services insti­tution, school, day care center, artist or young person, on this site, all interested parties have the chance to present their own work, search for project partners or parti­ci­pants, or offer practice rooms or other services.

Everyone interested in creative work by and with young people can register on Kubinaut and post their own events, projects, adver­ti­se­ments or profiles free of charge. Non-regis­­tered guests can also use Kubinaut – for example, to research on artistic project formats in which children or young people can actively parti­cipate; or to find inspi­ration for their own work, or a new job. The numerous offers can be filtered according to districts, dates, formats and categories such as theater, museum or circus.

As editors, we publish inter­views and articles by specia­lists, report news from the field of arts education and provide infor­mation on funding oppor­tu­nities and competitions.

The Kubinaut team also organizes events for further education and networking for actors in arts education and youth work.

Kubinaut is a coope­ration project of the Stiftung für Kultu­relle Weiter­bildung and Kultur­be­ratung und der Landes­ver­ei­nigung Kultu­relle Jugend­bildung (Foundation for Cultural Education and Cultural Consulting and the State Association for Cultural Education for Youth) e.V. The project is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family.

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