*foundationClass programme for artists and designers in exile, since 2014

weißensee academy of art berlin (weißensee kunsthochschule berlin)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Main aims:
Facilitating culturally diverse community life; using the positive role of art and culture in the development of an immigration-rich society
Supporting refugees who had started or intended to start studying art or design in their country of origin or wish to switch degree programmes

Target groups:
General public; cultural actors; political decision-makers; cultural institutions; associations; trade unions; foundations; civil society; professional artists; focus on refugees

Expected results:
Preparing refugees for the entrance exams of art and design colleges; supporting participants in reconstructing and/or creating lost documents, pictures, certification, portfolios and other materials; providing refugees with college infrastructure, including access to teaching and facilities, as well as help dealing with public authorities

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

*foundationClass programme attended by 129 people, though not all went on to apply to art college; 35 people with a refugee background enrolled at German art colleges; large number of people put in touch with grants, residencies and jobs in art or culture through *foundationClass; *foundationClass involved as a participating artists' collective in exhibitions and festivals, including the West gallery in The Hague in 2016, the Maxim Gorki Theatre's Berlin Autumn Salon in 2017, Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum fur Gegenwart) in 2018, the side programme for the 10th Berlin Biennale festival in 2018 and the After Europe Festival in Berlin's Sophiensale in 2019; contributions written for online and print publications; participation in panel discussions and conferences on the development of diversity in the artistic and cultural sector as well as art and exile

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding from the Quality and Innovation Initiative of the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science: EU161,000 (2017-2019), Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, DAAD Welcome, Power of the Arts and the Deutsche Bank Endowment Fund (Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin)
Public Sector
New Society for Visual Arts (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst)
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Biennale Dance Training (Biennale Tanzausbildung)
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
neighbourhood initiative Neue Nachbarschaft // Moabit
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst)
Public Sector
Konrad Wolf Film University (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)
Public Sector
feldfünf culture platform
Private Sector
Berlin Cultural Education Project Fund (Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung)
Public Sector
SAVVY Contemporary
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Mousonturm Gallery (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm)
Private Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)
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