Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the area of art and culture (Article 30)

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Key objectives of the measure:

Dismantling barriers to access to art and culture, making participation in cultural life possible for all people and especially for artists with disabilities, implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Scope of the measure:
Regional, National
Nature of the measure:
regulatory, financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

1 Action plans of the federal Länder for the incremental realisation of accessibility in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including the dismantling of structural barriers at cultural institutions as well as barrier-free participation in artistic and cultural life, for example (a) Recommendations, adjustment of funding guidelines from 2011 onward, (b) “Design für alle in digitalen Bibliotheken” (Design for all in digital libraries), since 2012
2 Federal Government National Action Plan with various measures to promote artists with disabilities, for example (a) Netzwerk Kultur und Inklusion (Network culture and inclusion) at the Remscheid Academy, since 2015, (b) Insider Art e.V.: online gallery, since 2012

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

1 Action plans for accessibility: Making more cultural institutions and cultural content accessible without barriers (museums, concert halls, theatres, libraries, memorial sites, etc.), increasing the number of exhibitions and (cultural) events designed to be accessible, providing more accessible informational and communications offerings at academic and public libraries
2 Promoting artists: a) Opening up improved access for people with disabilities and particular artistic talents, b) Making art by people with disabilities visible
Reference: Unser Weg in eine inklusive Gesellschaft. Nationaler Aktionsplan der Bundesregierung zur Umsetzung der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention (Our Path to an Inclusive Society: National Action Plan for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities, 2011). Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs;jsessionid=CCC5039D54A2957A89DD5C5FBBB4F71E?__blob=publicationFile&v=3

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

1 Action plans for accessibility

- Dismantling structural barriers: concepts adopted, relevant beyond the area of culture
- Barrier-free participation and access: a) for example “Barrierefreiheit in der Kultur“ (Accessibility in culture) concept (Berlin) on conceptualising and designing accessible exhibitions; checklists for accessible exhibitions; b) Digital libraries: Broad-ranging tools for accessibility on the project website and recommendations for action for decision-makers
- Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin: 6 accessible projects in 2016 = 15.4 per cent of all projects funded

2 Promoting artists:
- Highly accessible homepage:
- Further developing InterArt e.V. online gallery as free-of-cost presentation space for art by people with disabilities. In 2012, data collected for the first time on the work and life situations of artists with disabilities.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)