With the project United Inclusion, we bring cultural actors with disabilities and representatives of the cultural funding sectors together. Our methods build on the findings of the international network “European Disability Arts Cluster”.
People with disabilities are still marginalized as cultural actors and in the audience. Since cultural funding is important for shaping equal opportunities and equal participation, this is where we start.
Project term: March 2021 to December 2022
How can arts and culture funding effectively promote the artistic activity and participation of people with disabilities – both as creators of culture and as audiences? Un-Label has addressed this question with the project United Inclusion. In eight moderated online discussion rounds, cultural workers with disabilities together with representatives of funding measures of the federal government, the states, municipalities and private foundations formulated needs and developed concrete ideas for the implementation of equitably designed cultural funding in Germany. The project results were summarized in a publication in German language that can be downloaded free of charge.
The report “Disabled artists in the mainstream: a new cultural agenda for Europe” serves as a basis for this work. The network “European Disability Arts Cluster” created the report in March 2020 with the aim of re-accentuating the activities of future EU cultural programs with a view to actors and cultural users with disabilities. The cluster includes organizations, ensembles and freelance artists from the international inclusive arts and culture sector, as well as major European venues and festivals from over 18 countries. Un-Label has played a leading role in this process as the coordinator of three inclusive EU projects. On this basis, the participants of United Inclusion have developed their proposals for the re-accentuation and re-design of funding programs in Germany.