Since 2020, Stiftung für Kultu­relle Weiter­bildung und Kultur­be­ratung (Foundation for Cultural Education and Cultural Consulting, SKWK) has been the umbrella organiz­ation for three initia­tives that advocate for more equal oppor­tu­nities in Berlin’s cultural landscape and actively shape social and cultural policy discourse on this topic.

The goal of our activities is to develop the cultural sector to reflect the existing diversity of our democratic society, in terms of its program, personnel, audience and accessibility.

The Berlin state-based foundation is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Diversity Arts Culture 

Diversity Arts Culture promotes diversity by advising cultural insti­tu­tions and adminis­tration, qualifies cultural workers, empowers cultural workers affected by discri­mi­nation and commis­sions data collection on equality and equal access.

Institut für Kultu­relle Teilha­be­for­schung (IKTf)

The IKTf (Institute for Research on Cultural Parti­ci­pation) provides research data and reports on models by which cultural insti­tu­tions, cultural policy and adminis­tration can develop strategies for cultural participation.

Kultu­relle Bildung

The Kultu­relle Bildung Department (Department of Arts Education) consists of the Berliner Projekt­fonds Kultu­relle Bildung (Berlin Project Fund Arts Education), the Berliner Projektfons Urbane Praxis (Berlin Project Fund for Urban Practice), event and quali­fi­cation programs, and the digital community platform Kubinaut. The focus is on promoting and networking projects in which children, youth and young adults actively participate.

Our teams qualify cultural workers and empower under­re­pre­sented commu­nities in the cultural sector. We advise insti­tu­tions and indivi­duals in the arts, culture, politics, youth services and education. We conduct research on parti­ci­pation in the Berlin cultural landscape and build networks between science, cultural insti­tu­tions, politics, adminis­tration and civil society.

Consulting

We share knowledge with artists, cultural insti­tu­tions, cultural policy­makers and adminis­tra­tions as well as with educa­tional specia­lists and children’s and youth institutions.

Quali­fi­cation and training

We train both players in the cultural sector and educa­tional specia­lists in diversity develo­pment, cultural education and cultural participation.

Empowerment

We empower people who experience exclusion in the cultural sector and cultural education.

Scien­tific proposals

We provide sugges­tions for conceptual and data-based work in the cultural sector, through visitor and non-visitor research, cultural management research and research in the field of cultural sociology and cultural studies.

Scien­tific support

We research funding programs and model projects that aim for greater and broader cultural participation.

Promotion of projects

We support cultural education projects with active parti­ci­pation by children, teenagers and young adults.

 

Our work aligns with the following principles:

  • We are a learning organization.
  • We under­stand diversity as a practice that is critical of discri­mi­nation as a inter­sec­tional task.
  • We design our offers to be as acces­sible as possible.
  • For us, research, theory and practice form an essential cycle for the further develo­pment of Cultural Participation.
  • Our research is colla­bo­rative, inter­di­sci­plinary and independent.
  • Our perspective is intersectional.
  • Our work is process-oriented.
  • Exchange with, and the expertise of, margi­na­lized actors is a central component of our work.

Depart­ments

Who works in Berlin’s arts and cultural sector? Who is the boss? Who finds only underpaid jobs? How many exhibi­tions in Berlin museums have shown works by women in recent years? Or by Women of Color, or women with disabi­lities? Who is under­re­pre­sented in the cultural industry?

Berlin is diverse. However, Berlin’s cultural life does not yet fairly reflect this social diversity. Diversity Arts Culture wants to change this.

Diversity Arts Culture is the conceptual and advisory office for diversity develo­pment in the Berlin cultural sector. The project was founded in 2017 by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe to stimulate and promote diversity-oriented struc­tural change, that is, to create equal access to art and culture for all people and reduce discri­mi­nation in the cultural sector.

What we do

We advise cultural insti­tu­tions on diversity issues. We develop further education programs for cultural workers, in which we teach diversity compe­tence, and strengthen artists and cultural workers who experience exclusion in the cultural sector. In addition, we advise the cultural adminis­tration in its diversity-oriented direction and commission the collection of equity data for the Berlin cultural sector.

On our website we provide infor­mation about our services, explain terms from diversity develo­pment in a multi­media dictionary, and offer numerous resources for self-study as well as inter­views and articles in our magazine that show the creative side of diversity development.

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Vier Illustrationen (links oben nach rechts unten): 1. 1. Empowerment: Zwei Personen stehen auf einer Wippe, eine dritte steigt auf einen Laptop, um auf die Wippe zu kommen. 2. Marginalisierung: Eine Person springt mit Hilfe eines Sprungtuchs, das von vielen marginalisierten Kulturschaffenden gehalten wird in die Luft. Sie hält einen Fächer mit dem Wort Privileg in der Hand. 3. Community: eine Gruppe von unterschiedlichen Menschen kümmert sich um eine Pflanze. 4. Intersektionalität: verschiedene Gegenstände wie eine Brille, ein Gehstock, ein T-Shirt mit einem Regenbogen stehen für verschiedene Diskriminierungserfahrungen.
© Diversity Arts Culture, Illus­tra­tionen: El Boum

The IKTf (Institute for Research on Cultural Parti­ci­pation) is concerned with the question of how cultural insti­tu­tions, cultural adminis­tra­tions and cultural policy can develop data-based strategies for cultural parti­ci­pation. To research this issue, the Institute conducts studies on visitors and non-visitors at cultural offerings, such as population surveys. It is also respon­sible for the scien­tific quality assurance of the Berlin-based visitor research system KulMon (Kultur­Mo­ni­toring). Further, the Institute is studying condi­tions that favor parti­ci­pation in cultural offerings. In one example of its research methods, it closely follows model projects of cultural insti­tu­tions for cultural parti­ci­pation and analyzes their organiz­ation, personnel and program. In addition, the IKTf also surveys cultural adminis­tra­tions on their strategies for promoting cultural participation.

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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.

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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

Sub-areas

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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Since October 2020, we have been creating the Berliner Projekt­fonds Urbane Praxis (Berlin Project Fund for Urban Practice), planned to support 2021 artistic projects in urban spaces through a pilot call for proposals. This fund is part of the new platform DRAUSSENSTADT, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, and combines outdoor experi­ences, urban culture and urban practice as a platform for Berlin’s outdoor city culture.

With 1.200.000 euros in allocated funding, the Berliner Projekt­fonds Urbane Praxis will support artistic projects in urban space through a pilot call for proposals. Supported projects will involve local actors (such as local initia­tives and associa­tions, neigh­bor­hoods, district centers, community associa­tions, etc.) throughout the process, from the early stages onward to full imple­men­tation. This planning design intends to address and counteract struc­tural exclu­sions within urban space in the projects, in order to create a maximum possible low-barrier access to cultural offerings in urban spaces and to promote solidarity in urban life.

Further goals are strengthen inter­faces between the arts and culture and other areas of society, such as urban develo­pment, archi­tecture, politics, environment and economy, and to promote new, innovative partnerships and networks in urban society. 

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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