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 areas of the fine and performing arts, music, literature, architecture, New Media and related forms, as well as cross-genre institutions, cultural- and art-historical museums, which address contemporary issues in their related field, to take a perspective that encompasses all of society. The aim is to actively integrate the controversial, but promising issues of immigration and cultural diversity into these institutions and their city cultures, and thereby reduce infrastructural exclusion in the cultural sector. 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.
Info tour 360°
In 2017 and 2018, the 360° Fund organised an info tour for prospective applicants in multiple cities throughout Germany. Representatives of interested institutions were able to learn more about the application requirements, diversity in cultural institutions and change management in various lectures and in personal consultation with our staff on location.
Both calls are now closed and no further application is possible.
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
The members of the jury were:
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, journalist with Bayerischer Rundfunk, screenwriter and editor for culture, migration and cultural diversity
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.