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Foundation of the association in 1989

EUCREA was founded in the late 1980s at a time when the artistic work of people with disabilities in Europe was just changing. Favored by the emancipatory approach in the field of art and culture of the eighties, there was an increasing public interest in this work. More and more projects by and with artists with disabilities - especially in the visual and performing arts - developed. Art and culture were understood in the most varied of functions: as a political mouthpiece, therapeutic medium, creativity-promoting offer or starting point for artistic discussions.

As the active scene grew, there was an increasing need for networking and information among the actors, so EUCREA Deutschland e.V. was founded in 1989 with the aim of performing this task. At the same time, organizations of the same name were created in various European partner countries, which were initially funded by the European Union. The founding members of EUCREA Deutschland e.V. include the late actor and director Peter Radtke, the pantomime JOMI and Dieter Basener, who is known to many through the publishing house 53Grad Nord.
The office was located in Munich from 1989 to 1996, located in the office of "Disabled People in the Media e.V.". She moved to Hamburg in 1997.
From 1993 to 2001, EUCREA Deutschland e.V. organized the European CreArt festival at the REHACare trade fair in Düsseldorf, initially every two years and later annually, which became a meeting point for theater makers, musicians and visual artists.

At the same time, the number of EUCREA members grew steadily. With the establishment of a three-year position with the support of Aktion Mensch in 1998, the possibilities of EUCREA expanded and the association was able to work on the further development of a permanent infrastructure.

EUCREA: symposia, discussion and information

Due to the increasing institutionalization of many projects by and with artists with disabilities in German-speaking countries, there was a need for further training and discussion among the actors. Since then, EUCREA has accompanied the active scene with discursive and educational formats and publications: With the European symposium WELTSICHTEN in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in 2000, EUCREA stimulated a stronger theoretical discussion between different specialist groups. In 2007, the Show Up conference brought the artistic education and training of mentally handicapped people to the fore. The VISION ON conference in 2013 stimulated the scene to develop future perspectives. Since 2008, the association has organized the EUCREA FORUM every year, a conference format that brings together actors from the most diverse artistic disciplines and within the framework of which current artistic, philosophical, structural and political issues are negotiated. In addition, subject-specific specialist conferences take place within the individual projects, such as on the subject of social design (2012), low-barrier musical instruments (SOUNDFORM 2019) or project summits in which the actors working around EUCREA meet and present each other (summit "Are we ready?" 2020).

EUCREA: art projects, cultural events and competitions

In parallel to the conference activities, EUCREA developed its own event formats and competitions in all art branches, which give impetus to the active artist scene: In 2003 EUCREA organized the European Song Contest Disabled Artists in the CongressCentrum Hamburg. In the field of fine arts, EUCREA developed together with the KUNSTWERK association and in close cooperation with the euward (European art award for artists with a mental disability) the Internet gallery XPO-Online.net (archived), in which the most important art workshops in Europe were presented. Various exhibitions followed as part of the festivals organized by EUCREA. The project "extensions - from replacement to extension" in 2002 dealt artistically with the subject of "Prothektik".

In 2004 the European theater festival SIMPLE LIFE took place in the Berlin Theater Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), which examined life on the fringes of society. Thematically, the artistic handling of survival strategies was in the foreground. The SIMPLE LIFE festival was again held in 2010 in cooperation with Kampnagel in Hamburg.

In 2005, EUCREA launched a literary competition for authors with intellectual disabilities for the first time. After it had long been agreed to be able to write creatively, this competition brought to light impressive works that were published in a publication and at a public presentation and award ceremony in the Literaturhaus Hamburg. The competition was repeated in 2008 and 2010.

In 2006 and 2007 EUCREA took part in CAN DO CAN DANCE, a dance project with the British choreographer Royston Maldoom (known from the film "Rhythm is it!").

With the announcement of the first design competition for people with intellectual disabilities, EUCREA turned to applied art / design for the first time in 2009. With the project Weltgestalter, EUCREA and the Kunsthaus KAT18 dealt with the testing of cooperative design processes by designers with and without impairment. The results of the project were presented at various German design fairs. In 2013 the UNIC AWARD, a second design prize for designers with and without impairments, was announced. Participatory design approaches continued to be the focus of EUCREA's interest: The HANDWERKSTATT 2016 dealt with the reinterpretation of traditional craft techniques in inclusive design teams. On the internet portal UNIC DESIGN set up by EUCREA, the individual projects are presented in detail in addition to a gallery of applied works.

With the organization of the black market for useful knowledge and non-knowledge No. 19 in cooperation with the Mobile Academy Berlin, EUCREA brought a new event format to Hamburg: Under the motto “The Extraordinary Ordinary! Disability, technobodies and the question of autonomy ”offered 90 experts with and without disabilities their specific knowledge. The black market No. 19 asked how 'disability' disrupts the usual thinking about autonomy, body and technology.

EUCREA started an important new initiative in 2018 with the project "Soundform - Instruments for All". For the first time in Germany, the association discussed the extent to which digital development can open up new artistic opportunities for people with disabilities. Among other things, as part of a European symposium, EUCREA discussed digital musical developments in cooperation with several European universities.

EUCREA structural programs: training, qualification, professional activity

The subject of training and qualification has been moving EUCREA since the nineties. The association offered several series of advanced training courses, which at the beginning of 2000 were primarily aimed at people who work with artists with disabilities. In 2002 the association developed the "Art Assistant Training", a two-year, extra-occupational training program that was part of the program until 2006. In 2007, EUCREA developed the EUCREA AKADEMIE in cooperation with the BUFA / Bundesfachakademie Münster, which offered individual seminars in the fields of cultural management, visual arts, performing arts and music.

In 2007, EUCREA started the SHOW UP program, which was dedicated to the artistic education and training, especially for artists with mental disabilities. In addition to a symposium and a publication, a database (archived) was developed that for the first time provided an overview of art groups and artistic offers for people with disabilities in Germany.

With the start of the inclusion debate, EUCREA steered its training and qualification activities in a new direction. After the arts education for people with disabilities has shifted mainly to disabled people's assistance, especially in workshops for people with disabilities, since the nineties, the activities of EUCREA aim to dissolve the parallel worlds of disabled people's aid and culture. Since 2015 EUCREA has been working intensively on its so-called "structural programs", which aim to improve the conditions for artists with disabilities in the field of education and professional participation in the long term. In the field of arts education, EUCREA works actively to open up artistic training institutions for people with different disabilities.

EUCREA has been working on the ARTplus program since 2015, which began in 2015/2016 in the Hamburg model area. In the form of individual case studies, ARTplus shows how cooperation between the disabled and the cultural sector can take place and how the qualification opportunities for artists with disabilities who currently have an artist workplace in a WfbM can be improved. With the CONNECT _ Art in Process program, the model tested in Hamburg from 2018 to 2020 will be continued in cooperation with Saxony, Lower Saxony and Hamburg. From 2021, EUCREA plans to expand its activities on the subject of artistic qualification and training to currently include six German federal states.

With its project to achieve more diversity in the art and culture industry in Germany, which has been running since 2017, EUCREA expanded its cultural-political activities in order to implement the programs started with ARTplus in Hamburg nationwide.

Here you can find a chronological overview of the development / publication of art by people with disabilities since 1970