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Project Organizer
The University of Hildesheim Foundation, Institute for Cultural Policy and the Master’s Program in Cultural Education, represented by: Prof. Dr. habil. Birgit Mandel, mandel [at] uni-hildesheim [dot] de.

For more information: University of Hildesheim Foundation – Institute for Cultural Policy



Birgit Mandel (b. 1963) is professor of cultural education and cultural management and director of the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim; she is director of the Master’s Program in Cultural Education. She is vice president of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft, an advisory board member of the Commerzbank Stiftung, for whom she developed the ZukunftsGut Award for institutional cultural education, as well as a supervisory board member of the Berlin Kulturprojekte GmbH. She has conducted a variety of research projects at the intersection of cultural education, audience development and cultural policy.
For more information: Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel




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Project Director
Prof. Dr. phil. Mona Marijke Jas

Mona Marijke Jas is a visual artist and arts educator. She is an honorary professor at the weißensee academy of art berlin, since 2015. She was part of the documenta 14 faculty in Kassel and Athens in 2017 and director of education and outreach at the 10th Berlin Biennale in 2018. She has also developed pilot educational and outreach concepts, including the exhibition Listen to Us – Artistic Intelligence, presented within the framework of Plovdiv 2019 – European Capital of Culture in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She currently serves as acting chair of the Department of Cultural Education (Prof. Dr. Vanessa-Isabelle Reinwand-Weiss) at the University of Hildesheim.
For more information: Prof. Dr. Mona Marijke Jas


Project Office

Pia Wagner, pia [dot] wagner [at] uni-hildesheim [dot] de
Carolin Knüpper, knuepper [at] uni-hildeheim [dot] de

Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; improving the quality and impact of cultural education; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.
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