The Project Office
Carolin Huth, Eylem Sengezer, Bahareh Sharifi, Lisa Scheibner, Cordula Kehr, Carola Winkler, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins (v.l.n.r.)
Berlin is more divers than the Berlin cultural sector.
To ensure that Berlin’s cultural sector better reflects the city’s diversity the Senate Department for Culture and Europe has created a design and consultation office for diversity development: Diversity Arts Culture was founded in April 2017. Its goal is encourage and support diversity-focused structural change within Berlin’s cultural sector. Until the end of 2018 Diversity Arts Culture was housed at the Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, since 2019 it is part of the Foundation for Cultural Education and Cultural Consultation.
Diversity Arts Culture was created with the support of various organizations and initiatives within the cultural sector. In 2010 the Rat für die Künste called for ”a cultural diversity fund to promote sustainable and innovative strategies, which develop audience and personnel”. Critical interventions such as Mind the Trap! – organized by the Network of Critical Cultural Practitioners – also paved the way for establishing Diversity Arts Culture, initially only known by its working title “Service Center for Diversity Development”.
What we do.
We offer consultations to cultural institutions on matters of diversity. We develop diversity training courses for art practitioners and offer support to artists and art practitioners who don’t have equal access to opportunities within the cultural sector. Moreover, we provide consultations on diversity to the Administration of Arts and Culture and collect data on equity in Berlin’s cultural sector.
Find out more about Our approach.
manages Diversity Arts Culture and consults the cultural department of the Berlin Senate. She is a cultural studies scholar, curator and equity manager whose work focuses on racism and empowerment in the arts. Her work also examines the power and effects of colonial imagery, politics of the body, and representation and participation in the German speaking arts and cultural sector.
is responsible for developing awareness raising and empowerment programming. Prior to assuming her current position she was the diversity officer for the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung and worked as a curator for Kulturprojekte Berlin (Interventions 2016 & 2017), Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin Calling) and Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden. Bahareh Sharifi was part of the conference team, which organized and curated “Vernetzt Euch! Strategies and Visions for a Critical Practice on Discrimination in the Arts and Cultural Sector“ housed at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2015.
studied New German Literatures, Art History and Film. She coordinated numerous projects at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and also worked as a freelance art practitioner and curator for Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM), Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (nGbK), Schwules Museum and Centro de la Imagen (Mexiko). Eylem Sengezer was a jury member at the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District Fund for Culture. In her position at Diversity Arts Culture she consults cultural institutions and together with Toan Nguyen coordinates development processes at Stadtmuseum Berlin and Theater an der Parkaue.
is a scholar of linguistics and literature. At Diversity Arts Culture she is responsible for managing our website, handling all social media communication and press and PR work. She has worked for the press and PR team at Schauspiel Frankfurt and the Brandenburg Association of Music and Art Schools. Cordula Kehr has worked for the editorial departments at Theater der Zeit, Berliner Zeitung and Unionsverlag.
is an actress and scholar of cultural studies. At Diversity Arts Culture she coordinates all events produced by the Project Office and supports workshop programming and website related tasks. At Kulturprojekte Berlin she worked as the production manager for Interventions 2016 and 2017. She has worked as a freelance actress at several theatre institutions in Berlin, including HAU, the Sophiensaele and Ballhaus Naunystraße.
studied political science and law and completed a master's degree in cultural studies in London with a focus on disability studies and disability art. As a freelance cultural manager in Berlin she realizes art and cultural projects and advises artists on their project ideas. She is keen on creating work related to disability and neurodiversity. At Diversity Arts Culture, together with community members, she designs the empowerment programme and is responsible for network development.