EDUCULT (2008): Kunst, Kultur und interkultureller Dialog (The Arts, Culture and intercultural Dialogue)

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EDUCULT, Vienna (2008)



On the occasion of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 EDUCULT was commissioned by the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture to prepare a study to collect background knowledge to foster intercultural dialogue in an increasingly socially and culturally diverse society. The political intention was to include the dimension of intercultural dialogue in the education and cultural policy discourse hoping to develop an improved basis for policy making according the significant changes in the demographic composition of the Austrian society.  Therefore the leading question was about the possible contribution of cultural institution in fostering and deepening intercultural dialogue not only among migrants but also among the autochthon parts of the Austrian society in their everyday life.

This report brings together background knowledge on facts and perspectives, which open- at that time - new chances for Intercultural dialogue in the fields of education, art and culture. It also provides a series of positive examples, in which intercultural dialogue is already taking place. Including the dimensions of arts education mainly in cultural institutions but also in schools but also civic education and multilingualism the study is searching for a cross-sectoral approach which addresses all kinds of teaching and learning.

The study includes an analysis of the actual demographic, legal, political and institutional framework which is defining the manoeuvring space of Austrian arts and cultural institutions; it assesses the problem situation and possible perspectives and provides a number of recommendations for the different stakeholders (on the different political, administrative and institutional levels but also in the civil society, e.g. migrant associations and initiatives). These recommendations range from necessary changes in the cultural policy funding strategies to a further development of cultural institutions in taking into account more prominently intercultural dialogue in strategic planning of stuff recruitment and development, qualification and further training, marketing, audience development, mediation and arts education.

Almost ten years later it can be said that the report had a major impact in the implementation of chance processes not only in cultural institutions. Meanwhile also in most Austrian schools interculturality is self-evident and – at least in some cases – arts education an outstanding mean in dealing with the different cultural backgrounds of the students (not only when there are problems of mastering German as a common language in school). Insofar the study can be seen as an important step on starting an arts education offensive of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture which characterized the working period of Minister Claudia Schmied.

The report is available only in German: