FRattenfurt Ina Hartwig (SPD), Head of Culture, spoke of “entirely new requirements for cultural mediation” when she announced the expansion of the Places to See project on Thursday. The cultural project was established in 2016 to support philanthropic work to help refugees, and now aims to reach more people. “The project provides a space for encounters and exchanges, which is what we need now more than ever,” she says. The core of the project remains the performances that bring cultural institutions and people together, regardless of nationality, language level and financial status. “People should be able to participate in cultural life regardless of their portfolio or background,” says Hartwig. “It is about participation and inclusion as the core messages of our pluralistic city.” Now 24 museums are participating in addition to the zoo and the palm garden. The department head says that many museums in Frankfurt have never worked together. This form of cultural mediation is also unique at the national level.
In contrast to the above, participation is no longer limited to refugees; All non-profit organizations and associations located in Frankfurt can now participate. This requires registration and entry through the project website www.frankfurt.de/placestosee it is necessary. Participation is free for clubs and organizations. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Culture and Science, which provides 100,000 euros annually for “places to be seen”. Hartwig says the funding is planned for the long term. “The project is so important that we certainly will not save money; it is money well spent.” Here they can either get acquainted with various cultural institutions in workshops (bonus), deal more intensively and for a longer period with a museum and develop new forms (lab) or arrange for an organized meeting Other yet unknown in order to discover a cultural institution together. The outreach departments of the museums, which originally set up Places to See on their own initiative, work closely together on the project and exchange experiences, for example when it comes to the professional dealing with traumatized people. Katharina Mantell, art educator at the Museum of Modern Art, talks about “knowledge transfer” between cultural institutions. The project also provides museums with the opportunity to implement new offerings that can be realized through funding.