The *foundationClass strongly agrees with the notion that what is generally referred to as the “refugee crisis” actually constitutes an opportunity for Germany and Europe as a whole.
While refugees and asylum seekers bring with them a lot of resources and skills that are urgently sought after in Germany, access to the labour market is usually limited to the crafts, industrial and care sectors. Like previous generations of migrants in Germany, asylum seekers and refugees are by and large structurally excluded from participating in the German cultural and artistic sectors, which in fact are in a dire need of diversification.
Rather than providing short term solutions and services to refugees and asylum seekers, which in many cases mainly benefit the primarily White German facilitators or charitable institutions, the *foundationClass attempts to be a legal tool that prepares the ground for refugees’ and asylum seekers’ equal access to the institutionalized art and cultural sectors.
By providing an academic infrastructure, including facilities, as well as administrative help, the *foundationClass supports its participants to create or reconstruct lost portfolios, documents and materials in order to be able to formally apply at a German art academy.
The *foundationClass hopes to create an environment in which all of the participants’ resources are being validated, and where new formats of skill sharing and knowledge transfer may be developed. Ultimately the *foundationClass provides an opportunity for weißensee art academy to generate a new perception of itself as an educational arts institution.