Diversity enriches us and helps us grow. This is especially important in the arts. In true diversity, perspectives that deviate from the social norm are also heard and included equally. But that doesn’t happen by itself.
Flanders Arts Institute sees diversity as a precondition for sustainable cohesion, a driver of innovation, and necessary for broad social support for the arts. Which is why this latest call under ‘A Fair New Idea?!’ is in search of ideas and proposals that can strengthen diversity within the Flanders and Brussels arts field.
Flanders Arts Institute wish to do this from the perspective of intersectionality: with special attention to the different dimensions in which people experience discrimination, and how they influence each other.
Specifically, they are looking for ideas that can offer the arts field in Flanders and Brussels a foothold for greater diversity:
- Forms of knowledge sharing.
- Knowledge networks.
- Small pilot projects.
These would deal with topics such as:
- Diverse artistic content.
- Well thought-out inclusive public outreach and/or personnel policy
- safe spaces.
- Insights, opinions or taste preferences that are not discussed enough.
In short, everything that you think contributes to diversity in the arts. The most important condition: the call does not support purely artistic projects. The aim is to strengthen the arts field in its pursuit of diversity.
During a first application round, seven short pitches will receive 400 euros to submit a detailed proposal. The jury then has a budget of 12,000 euros available to allocate to one winning proposal, or to divide among multiple (max 3) strong proposals.
The call is open to artists and arts professionals in Flanders, Belgium or elsewhere in the world, who want to come together to develop and test ideas around international working that can have an impact on the arts field in Flanders and Brussels and beyond.