Sustainability and Future
Migration has shaped German society in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Germany is a country of immigration, and its cities are strongly influenced by social diversity. Although many institutions are now actively shaping this new urban society, cultural organisations have been slow to address the cultural diversity of their cities in their programmes, personnel decisions and target audiences. Neither their managerial staff nor their visitors correspond to the proportion of the general population which has an immigrant background.
With its new programme 360° – Fund for New City Cultures, the Federal Cultural Foundation wishes to encourage institutions in the fields of art, music, performing arts and literature to take a perspective that encompasses all of society. The aim is to actively integrate immigration and cultural diversity into these institutions and public municipal discourse, for these issues – though controversial – hold great promise for the future. The funding programme will support a broad range of approaches, strategies and methods which demonstrate in an exemplary manner how institutions can effectively participate in shaping urban society in the future in terms of thematic focus and staff appointments.
What is funded?
Funding is awarded to promote diversity in cultural organisations in the area of programming, audience reach and staff appointments. As part of 360° – Fund for New City Cultures, the Federal Cultural Foundation will finance a position at the cultural institutions (so-called “Agent”) and provide additional project resources for supportive activities and formats. Cultural institutions which receive funding through the Federal Cultural Foundation are required to co-finance their projects with additional resources. Projects that exclusively present existing topics and content are not eligible for funding.
Over a four-year period and in cooperation with the institution, the Agent will develop recommendations and measures which can be implemented by the institutions to change and diversify their activities themselves and which contribute to shaping a self-confident, immigrant-friendly society, by which all of urban society can benefit. The Agents should possess diversity-related competence, experience in initiating interaction between cultural organisations and participants of immigrant background, and relevant language skills. Their task is to develop and guide the diversity-oriented process of change at their respective cultural institution.
The calls for proposals will be announced in two rounds in 2017 and 2018. In the proposals, the cultural institutions are asked to provide a detailed description of the present situation in their city, their motivation and goals, and how they envision their collaboration with the Agent. Applicants are required to use the online application form which will be available on the website of the Federal Cultural Foundation in December 2016.
The submitted proposals will be reviewed by an independent jury, upon whose recommendations the Executive Board of the Federal Cultural Foundation will make its final decisions. Should the jury preselect a proposal for further consideration, the respective director of the applying institution will be asked to hold a personal presentation of the submitted proposal.
The members of the jury are:
Julia Hagenberg, Head of Education at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen where she is also responsible for programmes with refugees and cooperative projects with international welcoming classes
Prof. Dr. Claudia Lux, Honorary professor at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and project director at the Qatar National Library in Doha
Jürgen Maier, Managing director of the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin
Jagoda Marinić, Founder and director of the Intercultural Centre, with which the city of Heidelberg is cooperating to strengthen civic involvement of local self-organised migrant organisations
Fatema Mian, Programme editor for integration policy, migration and cultural diversity for the ARD and Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasting companies, also responsible for the intercultural TV show “puzzle”
Miriam Tscholl, Director of the Bürgerbühne (Civic Theatre) at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden where she recently staged the production “Morgenland” with Arabic-speaking residents of Dresden. She is also the initiator of the “Monday Café” where over 150 refugees and residents of Dresden meet every week.
The Federal Cultural Foundation will organise an academy to accompany the institutions and Agents for the duration of the programme. Scheduled twice a year, the academy events will offer the Agents the opportunity to share their experience with one another and gain further qualification. An especially important task of the academy is to document, evaluate and ensure the transferability of these institutional processes, as they are intended to serve as models elsewhere.
2016 – 2024