Doing Diversity

Much is happening in Berlin’s cultural sector. Increasingly art and cultural institutions are responding to societal debates about diversity and equal opportunity. They seek to become more accessible, dismantle structural barriers and provide a space for the many, rather than the few. A growing number of initiatives from within the cultural sector are questioning the conditions under which art is produced and the structural organization of work within the cultural sector. Initiatives are demanding diversity development in institutions, which critically engage power relations.

 

We support publicly funded cultural institutions in Berlin as they work towards equal opportunities, just participation and self-representation. At the center of this work lies the sustainable development of diverse cultural work as it relates to personnel, programing or audiences. How can job postings speak to people whose everyday realities differ from each other? What would an exhibition practice or a program that critically engages representation look like? How do we reach a diverse audience?

Possibilities for Collaboration

We consult cultural institutions as they move through a diversity-oriented transformation process by offering them access to professional expertise and knowledge. Consultations include workshops on anti-discrimination and AGG- trainings (trainings on the General Act on Equal Treatment) as well as advanced seminars on intersectional art and curatorial practices.

Pilot Project: “Diversity Development at Stadtmuseum Berlin and Theater an der Parkaue”

In a multi-layered application process Stadtmuseum Berlin and Theater an der Parkaue were chosen to participate in the pilot project. Over a time period of 18 months both institutions will move through a diversity-oriented organizational development process.

Two experienced professionals who specialize in organizational development will support each site throughout the process. They will assist with developing individual goals to diversify each of the institutions. Objectives formulated throughout the process are expected to be implemented by the end of 2019. In addition, institutions organize events and release a final publication, which documents the diversity process.