ABOUT EUCREA AND WHAT WE DO

EUCREA was founded in 1989. As the leading umbrella organisation in the German-speaking world, it has represented the interests of artists with disabilities for nearly thirty years. Most of its 100 members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are artists with and without disabilities, interest groups, artist workshops, associations, etc.

 

EUCREA is committed to promoting diversity in the arts and cultural sectors.

The people behind EUCREA are convinced that art and culture can achieve more diversity when it encompasses the creative potential of all members of society. Art must be available to everyone. To achieve this goal, EUCREA develops exemplary projects, which visualise how inclusion can manifest itself in the arts and cultural sectors. EUCREA increases the awareness of artists, cultural institutions, politics and administrations for the potential of artists with disabilities; it encourages cooperations and works on the development of training options and employment sectors. With its regular program of symposiums and publications, EUCREA is the central discussion and communication platform on the topic and therefore shapes and moderates the on-going discussion - whether in artistic, political or methodical terms. On an artistic level, EUCREA is involved in developing ideas for events in all artistic categories, thus encouraging diversity, influencing viewing habits or triggering new dialogues.

 

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • EUCREA sees diversity as a potential and the opportunity to create a vibrant and multi-faceted artistic and cultural life. In our opinion, everyone profits from a varied society because the involvement of different people signifies more opinions, more forms of expression and more diversity.
  • We strive to ensure that art by people with disabilities is not divided into "special categories" or rated. Our prime concern is to pursue a critical and equivalent reflection of the work created by artists with and without disabilities on an artistic level.
  • Whether in front or behind the scenes: artists with disabilities ought to be visible in all cultural sectors - whether in the promotion of culture, in artistic sectors or in academic and non-academic training. We do not want part of our society to be ascribed to the "exotic"; we want their "specialness" to be a matter-of-course. 
  • EUCREA strives to provide artists with disabilities an array of opportunities in which they can develop, qualify and practice their skills. We do not feel that there are any "special categories" with regard to training: on the contrary, the artistic training of people with different types of skills ought to be considered an enrichment for placement-related work and encourage a diversity of methods.