Arts and cultural activities, Migration

Connecting people (ZK/U + M)


Who is behind this?

Tanja Knaus



Who is joining forces?

ZK/U, center for art and urbanistic


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Refugees are often isolated from locals, partly caused their legal situation, which limits them to take action in the public space. NomadicArt will open the public space and create a platform at ZK/U, center for art and urbanistics, with workshops and events co-created by migrants and experts, to provide a safe space for exchange. We aim to develop a methodology of integration paired with an artistic-anthropological investigation for further use by other shelters or cultural actors across Europe

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin-Moabit, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

The shelters lack a regular workshop program with a stable team. Lack of intersection between refugees and their neighborhood. How to change a public space in order to be more inviting for migrants? Fear of accessing public space in general. Lack of connection between local actors.

What is your impact?

This pilot project aims to analyze and evaluate from an artistic -anthropological standpoint, the integration process through a consistent workshop and event program, with which to activate space and communities around the shelter in a small scale. How are the dynamics, how much help is needed, how to approach such different groups of migrants. NomadicArt sees itself as possible consultants for other cultural spaces in Europe to share our knowledge.

How do you get there?

Further development of the workshops. Finding refugees with specific skills and include them in the process, to co-create, create, or lead the workshops
Organize Events with migrants combined with food for max 60 People (30 Locals/30 Migrants). We want to keep it small and intimate, so that people are able to mix.
Organize “Meet Ups” for people working in the field in the neighborhood, to connect and exchange knowledge, to evaluate their approach, and see what is really needed.
Continue to show each month the outcome of the workshops in the open house of ZK/U, to reach the locals.
Analyze the program with specialists of research centers, working in the field.
Develop a methodology along the way

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

As a pilot project we try to focus on the inhabitants of just one refugee shelter in Moabit, Berlin and their neighborhood, to have a very close look at its dynamics. We will reach the right audience with ZK/U that already focuses on neighborhood projects, and has an existing network. In future other cultural centers aiming to include migrants in their program can benefit from our model and receive direct help by us

What makes your idea stand apart?

Developing a sustainable program in ZK/U, which builds on trust, while being in dialogue with the local community. The outcome of our research in form of a handbook does not consist of pieces that aim to merely document or report, but which explore the role and potentiality of art and research as a transformative tool, and a create a long lasting integration program.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

1)Offices expenses, events, material, workshop honoraries, public relations and personal costs 42250EUR 2) RENTS 5750 EUR 3) EVENTS 1500EUR. 4)MATERIAL 500 EUR.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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