Creative4Democracy. This is the title of the tri-national project funded by the European Commission in which three European cultural institutions from Italy, the Netherlands and Germany will be working together in 2023-24: The Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli from Milan, the De Balie from Amsterdam and the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin with its partners at the Humboldt Forum in particular with the Humboldt University of Berlin and in collaboration with the Humboldt Forum foundation. The core of the cooperation is the cross-border exchange about how participatory work with communities in the cultural sector can be successful.

Exchange on Questions of Community Work

First and foremost is the exchange on questions of community work on a professional level between the staff of the institutions. What is the value of participatory cultural projects and community work for one’s own work and cultural products? Where are obstacles and are there potentials for improvement? What experiences have the institutions made in their different contexts in working with – e.g. marginalised or persecuted – communities? What are the best-practice-examples and what are the different (historical, political, social and cultural) conditions for such projects in the three European countries? And finally: how can institutions learn from each other or even cooperate closely in this field? Partner institutions will experiment new and further audience engagement practices that can drive sustainable, long-term innovative processes.

The Project and Collaborative Efforts

The one-year project includes a close professional exchange between the partners, with joint workshops and exchange projects, as well as consultation with an international advisory board. In addition to the development of guidelines for improved community work, which will have an impact on other institutions, the project also envisions jointly developed participatory cultural projects. Accordingly, the understanding that European democracy thrives on the creativity of its diverse societies and communities.

One of the main outputs of the project will be the production of a final creative performance that can target minority communities and/or disadvantaged audience groups through audience engagement methodologies that benefit from the co-design and cooperation phases.


This project has received funding
from the European Union’s Creative Europe
program under grant agreement
No. 101100296