The Project Office
hintere Reihe (v.l.n.r.): Bahareh Sharifi, Cordula Kehr, Carolin Huth / vordere Reihe (v.l.n.r.): Eylem Sengezer, Lisa Scheibner, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, Nima Ramezani
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, 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 commission data collection 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 equality 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.
is responsible for institutions and designs offers and measures to diversify Berlin's cultural sector. She studied Modern German Literature, Art History and Film Studies and has worked for Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Schwules Museum and the Centro de la Imagen, among others. From 2015 to 2018 she was a jury member of the Bezirkskulturfonds Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. As a freelance curator, she has curated exhibitions and projects at the nGbK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.
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 the workshop program for the area of awareness/anti-discrimination. She was part of the organizing and curating team of the conference "Vernetzt euch! Strategies and Visions for an Art and Culture Scene Critical of Discrimination" (2015). In 2016/17 she served as production manager of the conference "Interventions". She has worked as a freelance actress in various ensembles.
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.