Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe in Germany

Cultural Incubators × 108
Graduation ceremony for the Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe in Berlin

Through their cultural projects, they have enriched the German cultural scene and supported the cultural exchange with Central and Eastern Europe: the Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe who have worked at German host institutions as Robert Bosch Stiftung scholarship holders for one year. The development program has influenced a total of 108 cultural incubators and actors - all participants in the democratic change in Europe - along their career paths. The eighth and last group concluded its stay in Germany with a graduation ceremony in Berlin at the end of October.

The group of over 100 "entrepreneurs in the service of culture and democracy" appreciated the program as a laboratory in which they could try out their creative ideas. They were able to use projects to initiate collaborations between artists, become familiar with a new institutional environment, and further qualify themselves for management tasks in the area of international cultural exchange. And far beyond the duration of their scholarship, they will function as "ambassadors of international understanding."

The Foundation, which teamed up with MitOst to implement the program for Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe, has successfully concluded this program and is now in the process of investigating concepts for a new European program for Cultural Managers.

Program statistics:
  • Number of scholarship holders 2004–2013: 108
  • Number of host institutions 2004–2013: 84
  • Number of different scholarship holder nationalities: 22
  • Share of alumni active in the areas of culture and education: 87 percent

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From 2004 to 2012 108 fellows from CEE and Southeast Europe were invited to Germany to participate in a thirteen-month qualification program in international cultural management. They assumed an assignment in a German cultural institution, carried out innovative art and culture projects, and attended seminars to deepen their knowledge about project planning, teamwork, canvassing funds, press and public relations, and culture marketing.

The purpose of the program was to introduce the German public to the cultural variety of countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, promote contact and networks for effective cooperation between Germany and its eastern neighbors, and train young executives for international cultural exchange.

The call in 2011 was the last one for cultural managers.