The Department of Art, Culture and History oversees several institutional facilities in the Berlin Mitte district. These include five art venues that, with their own profiles and diverse programmes of contemporary art, are known beyond the city borders: Bärenzwinger, Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten, Galerie Wedding – Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, galerie weisser elefant and Klosterruine Berlin. These exhibition spaces are all members of the Association of Municipal Galleries Berlin (Verbund der Kommunalen Galerien Berlin – http://kgberlin.net/ ).
With the Mitte Museum and the exhibition spaces of the MuseumLab in the Tiergarten town hall, the department offers a platform for remembrance culture and historical projects connected to the district. In addition to these exhibition spaces, the Mitte Museum – Regional History Museum of Berlin Mitte has an extensive archive and a library on the city’s history. The Mitte Museum is a member of the German Museum Association.
Musical, aesthetic and artistic education for children, adolescents and young adults is included in the programme of the MiK Youth Art School (MiK Jugendkunstschule) in Wedding and offered at the Farbklang studio (Atelier Farbklang) on Auguststraße.
The cultural institutions of the department are key places in which the formation of open and unprejudiced opinions is encouraged. Artists, art enthusiasts and local residents interested in the history and present state of the district are welcome to meet here to converse and exchange. They learn to understand one another and to open up to new ideas. Our facilities are part of the cultural and educational infrastructure and form a necessary prerequisite and basis for the development of equal opportunities in a lively, diverse city in constant transition.