With the funding programme "Neue Normalität" , the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW) supports cultural institutions in strengthening diversity and participation in their structures. The aim is to break down barriers and disadvantages for underrepresented groups in the cultural sector (e.g. migrants, people with disabilities, BIPoC, elderly people or LGBTIQ*) and to create new access points.
Prasanna Oommen is part of the expert jury and moderated the first network meeting between representatives of the selected cultural institutions on November 15, 2022.
The focus was on the following four: staff, partnerships, press and audience. Together, the participants shared their own experiences, barriers, needs and best practices. Gonca Türkeli-Dehnert, State Secretary at the MKW, and Anna Zosik, Programme Director of "360° - Fund for Cultures of the New Urban Society" , provided advice and support.