Since the end of 2015, the NRW KULTURsekretariat has intensively engaged in the topic of urban societies in cultural change under the title “Refugee Citizen”.
A first conference with the NRW Ministry of Culture, the Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh, the city of Dortmund and municipal central associations marked the kick-off of a multi-part programme series of the same name.
From autumn 2016 to autumn 2017, a total of three conferences dealt with perspectives of cultural education, questions on qualification in cultural and artistic practice as well as with municipal networks in rural space, organised in partnership with the Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh and the Academy of Cultural Education in Remscheid. For each of those three events, stocktaking of projects and concepts was conducted and the concepts included therein were analysed for their conditions to succeed. The individual stocktakings and analyses of these conferences were subsequently summarised in a study.
In 2017, the NRWKS established a “Refugee Citizen” round table in cooperation with other sponsors, networkers and multipliers, including the NRW State Offices for Dance, Independent Arts and Visual Arts, the NRW State Music Council and the NRW Ministry of Culture, that has been dedicated to the entire field of “Diversity“ since summer 2018.
Moreover, since early 2016 “Refugee Citizen” has been the title of a funding programme that helped develop model concepts for the work with refugees in music schools or corresponding qualification measures of art historians and art pedagogues in a museum context as well as for refugee musicians.
This initiative will be expanded from 2019: The funding programme “Diversity” – in line with the intended orientation of the round table – focuses on cultural diversity as whole, including people with an immigrant background and also considering refugees.
Funding will be granted to projects, discourses and project developments that deal with this topic artistically and in the most participative form possible.
Projects about gender issues and inclusion topics are also funded as part of this programme.
Musical projects or concerts in the area of cultural diversity will rather be considered in the musical dialogue projects in the context of “Musikkulturen” (Music Cultures). Furthermore, diversity – apart from digital culture – is one of the two focal points of the “Transfer International” with Greece.