Who is working within Berlin’s cultural sector? Who is the boss? And who only works poorly paid jobs or jobs with fixed-terms contracts? Within the last several years how many exhibitions in museums throughout Berlin showcased art by women*? How many showcased art by people of Color? What perspectives are missing from program development processes? Who is underrepresented within the cultural sector?

 

Is there equity data for the Berlin cultural sector?

When we talk about numbers in the cultural sector we are usually referring to the number of visitors. The cultural administration and the Berlin Tourism Marketing Company along with many cultural institutions collect data on the number of people visiting cultural institutions. They also survey how visitors receive information about programs and if they live in Berlin or are tourists. Often such data is not very meaningful in regards to diversity as exemplified by the category "migration background" applied during cultural monitoring. This category does not distinguish between a person who migrated to Germany from Switzerland and a person who fled from Iran. The latter is confronted with completely different barriers than the former. Not every person with migration background is affected by discrimination and not every person who experiences discrimination based on their (supposed) heritage has a migration background.

 

Which data does Diversity Arts Culture collect?

In many instances data about structural power relations and representation within cultural institutions is missing even though some associations and initiatives have conducted studies on questions of equity – particularly as it relates to women. Data on equity brings attention to the need for action and has the potential to initiate and advance anti-discrimination measures. Diversity Arts Culture has therefore decided to collect and publish data on equity within the cultural sector. Since we are dealing with highly sensitive data, which could be misused to stigmatize and exclude marginalised art practitioners Diversity Arts Culture follows strict ethical guidelines during data collection. In their brochure “Wer nicht gezählt wird, zählt nicht“ (“Who is not counted, doesn’t count”) the “Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in Leadership” project (Citizens for Europe) defines equity data and explains which ethical criteria must be met when collecting sensitive data.

Individual Studies

Handlungsoptionen zur Diversifizierung des Berliner Kultursektors

Die Studie „Handlungsoptionen zur Diversifizierung des Berliner Kultursektors“ wurde im Zeitraum von Juli bis Mitte September 2016 auf der Grundlage von Interviews mit Führungskräften, Akteur*innen der Freien Szene, der Kulturverwaltung, dem Tourismusmarketing, der Kultureinrichtungen und dem Abgeordnetenhaus erstellt. Sie führt in Grundsätze der Diversitätsentwicklung ein und zeigt auf, wo es Stellschrauben und Steuerungsinstrumente gibt, mit deren Hilfe der Kulturbetrieb diversitätsorientiert geöffnet werden kann.