Developing diversity

© Kulturprojekte Berlin, Foto: Gianmarco Bresadola

The Project Office for Diversity Development works to foster the structural transformation of Berlin’s cultural sector into a more diversity-oriented system.

In addition to the Cultural Education Project Fund that we co-initiated in 2008, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe also established the Diversity Arts Culture (DAC) in 2017, a key organisation for the conception of diversity development projects and advice. The DAC reflects the great need for action in all areas of diversity and culture and worked under our roof in close exchange with the Cultural Education Project Fund until 2020. Both of these support measures serve to strengthen Berlin’s diversity in the cultural sector and help to dismantle contact barriers. The DAC takes a long-term strategy in its efforts to combat structural and institutionally anchored forms of discrimination. It advises cultural institutions and cultural administrations and also works to foster freelance cultural creators from underrepresented communities. The project office especially supports the transfer of proven activities and models into tangible cultural practice. After their successful founding, the DAC and the Cultural Education Project Fund came under the auspices of the Stiftung für Kulturelle Weiterbildung und Kulturberatung (Foundation for Cultural Education and Consulting, SKWK).