In autumn 2015, the NRW KULTURsekretariat, together with the NRW Kultursekretariat Gütersloh, the NRW Ministry of Culture and the city of Dortmund and municipal central associations, invited to a full day event on the topic “Refugees in Cities and Municipalities”.
The organising body highlighted the broad topic area of urban societies in cultural change from different perspectives with an extensive programme consisting of discussions, impulses and presentations.
At the same time the meeting was the start of the multi-part programme series “Refugee Citizen”, which continued in autumn 2016 with a conference on the topic “Perspectives of cultural education from NRW to Europe”. The joint event of the cultural offices with the Academy of Cultural Education in Remscheid received a great response from local players and experts, artists, politicians and participants in regional and European projects.
Further conferences on topics such as municipal structures and qualification are planned for 2017.
In 2017, the cultural offices, together with the State of NRW and Federal Academy of Cultural Education will conduct an extensive inventory of nationwide activities and structures of municipal cultural work with refugees. This is intended to create improved conditions for effective measures for the development, sponsorship and coordination of different, also networked, activities and multi-discipline programmes with refugees.
Furthermore, “Refugee Citizen” also acts as a title of a funding programme. Since autumn 2015, model approaches for the work with refugees were created together with the Music School Bochum and other partners.
After 2017, music schools can apply for funds for their implementation. Moreover, together with the “Musikkulturen” (Music Cultures) advisory board, the NRWKS has been drawing up a concept for the universal qualification of refugee world musicians since the end of 2016.
Qualification is also the focus of further measures in the museum sector. After initial specific experiences in many art houses due to several projects funded by the NRWKS since the beginning of 2016, it is increasingly about extending opportunities for qualified refugee work among art historians and art educationists in the museum context in 2017.