Achievements so far
In 2015, Prognos AG carried out an online survey of around 1200 artists and creative minds in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on behalf of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport. Three quarters of those surveyed stated that the cities and regions in NRW are the locations of choice to carry out their professions. However, the survey also revealed that local structural conditions are sub-optimal – for example, there is a lack of affordable workrooms, an absence of dialogue with policymakers, and insufficient recognition and visibility.
In autumn 2015, ecce was commissioned by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport to use the interests and needs of artists and creative minds as determined by the survey to draft a concept to support and improve their working and living conditions. In April 2016, this concept was then presented to and discussed in detail with around 100 attendees at the 9th network meeting of Creative.Quarters Ruhr in the Dortmunder U. Up to May 2016, all interested parties could send in their feedback and suggestions for the planned funding programme. The feedback was used to produce a pilot programme for the Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds in the Ruhr region which was then approved by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport.