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Creating closeness through culture in difficult times

At New Patrons we are always close. In many places, we accompany the direct dialogue between citizens and artists who shape the future of villages, quarters and communities in joint projects. During the Corona crisis, however, this civic work is slowing down. Meetings are cancelled. Our mediators cannot travel to the projects. Artists stay at home for the time being. The virus forces us to avoid our most important workplace at the moment: The public space. But our work continues.

We are not losing our enthusiasm. Now new solutions, formats and ways are needed and we are working on many steps at once. We advertise for the financing of the projects. We plan with architects and structural engineers. We discuss the projects of citizens with administration and politics. And there is now more room for in-depth research, which is an important part of our method.

Above all, however, we see our responsibility in the coming weeks and months as being in places where culture is particularly important. While cinemas, museums or theatres have to remain closed, we will connect our projects even more closely – also with digital tools. We want to strengthen the exchange between civic groups. We are making our contribution to promoting cohesion in villages and towns. When public life is slowing down, the discussion of cultural concerns and projects is particularly important in order to keep an eye on future perspectives. Now more than ever, we need a sense of community and responsibility for our society. Our clients are shining examples of this. We will actively support them in the coming period.

We will remain in regular contact. You will hear from us! Write to us or give us a call if something is close to your heart.

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Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber

In Germany, the Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber offers support to citizens who launch project initiatives. A nonprofit organization based in Berlin, it cooperates with numerous partners and sponsors and is a key node in an international network. It lays the groundwork for the projects and provides the structures required for their realization from initial idea to finished work. The team in Berlin assists partner institutions and mediators with their work in the region. It communicates with political decision-makers, the press, sponsors, and the public. It advocates greater civic involvement in the production of art and culture and publicizes and connects the activities of New Patrons throughout Europe.

Das Team der "Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber“

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The Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber was established in 2017 as the successor organization to the art society Verein der Neuen Auftraggeber e.V., which was founded in Berlin in 2007. Its mission also includes organizing events and art outreach programs, producing publications, and holding workshops and panel discussions on subjects of scholarly interest and issues in cultural policy. The Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber is directed by Alexander Koch, a leading early proponent of the New Patrons idea in Germany and cofounder of the Neue Auftraggeber in 2007. Gerrit Gohlke, who has long been actively involved as a mediator, serves as regional director, overseeing project development in the regions. In the Berlin office, project manager Karola Matschke leads a growing team of associates.

Berlin office

Die Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber – GNA gGmbH
Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin
T +49 (0)30 57792856
F +49 (0)30 57792858
office_@_neueauftraggeber.de