Since 2020, Stiftung für Kultu­relle Weiter­bildung und Kultur­be­ratung (Foundation for Cultural Education and Cultural Consulting, SKWK) has been the umbrella organization for four 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 Social Cohesion.

Diversity Arts Culture 

Diversity Arts Culture is a design and consul­tation office for diversity develo­pment and aims to create equal access oppor­tu­nities to art and culture and to reduce discri­mi­nation in the cultural sector. It 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.


kultur_formen consists of the Berliner Projekt­fonds Kultu­relle Bildung (BPKB), the Berliner Projekt­fonds Urbane Praxis (BPUP), the model area TXL, event and quali­fi­cation programs and the digital community platform Kubinaut. The focus is on the promotion and networking of projects and actors in cultural education and urban practice. In all of these projects, we work in a power-critical way. For us, this means making funding more acces­sible and building networks. It is also important for us to under­stand and change our own role as an insti­tution within existing power structures.

service­zentrum musikschulen

The szm — service­zentrum musik­schulen (service center for music schools) is currently being set up under the umbrella of the Foundation for Cultural Education and Cultural Advice. Its goal is to support the public music schools by helping to coordinate the large variety of their music classes and other activities in terms of intensity, acces­si­bility, and quality in all of Berlin. Synergies between the music schools are to be raised while central service proce­dures are to be simplified.

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.


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.


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.


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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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, program and audience. In addition, the IKTf also surveys cultural adminis­tra­tions on their strategies for promoting cultural participation.

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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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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. The current appli­cation period runs from January 29, 2024 to February 25, 2024. Projects can start on April 15, 2024 at the earliest and must be completed by December 31, 2024.

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

The DRAUS­­­SEN­­­STADT-Call for Action will not be continued in 2024. Until 2023, the DRAUS­­­SEN­­­STADT-Call for Action has been financed from Corona-Sonder­­­mittel which no longer exist.

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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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The public music schools of Berlin reach around 60,000 students of all ages with a range of over 1 million units of music classes per year in all 12 districts. At around 40 of their own locations, the music schools offer extra­cur­ri­cular music education and cultural work as well as basic, advanced, and further musical training. The schools have developed a variety of music classes for multiple target groups. For example, they colla­borate with daycare centers, schools, and other educa­tional and cultural insti­tu­tions to provide inclusive music lessons for minority popula­tions such as refugees or indivi­duals with disabi­lities. With a diverse program of events, the music schools are essential insti­tu­tions for the enhancement of low-threshold and decen­tra­lized cultural work.

The service center for music schools (szm) is currently being set up under the umbrella of the Foundation for Cultural Education and Cultural Advice. Its goal is to support the public music schools by helping to coordinate the large variety of their music classes and other activities in terms of intensity, acces­si­bility, and quality in all of Berlin. Synergies between the music schools are to be raised while central service proce­dures are to be simplified.

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