at zusa we work with partners as we develop ideas, create programmes, and build projects together.
every now and then we ask our partners to tell us what is it like to work with zusa. This is what they say:
Anadolu Kültür was established in 2002 by individuals active in the fields of arts and culture in order to carry out artistic and cultural projects in cities across Turkey and abroad. Anadolu Kültür implements these projects with the belief that cultural exchange and cooperation can lead to dialogue and mutual understanding among individuals with different social backgrounds and national or ethnic identities. Anadolu Kültür works to create open spaces for artistic collaboration and critical debate.
Since 2007, L’Art Rue works in the public space on the access to culture and the democratisation of arts, and makes the creative gesture of the artist resonate with the context, inhabitants, issues and democratic challenges of Tunis. L’Art Rue is a strong artistic vision, a space open on its neighbourhood and the world, a committed team and loyal partners federated around this project. L’Art Rue works mainly in the Medina of Tunis creating opportunities for crossed interactions between the different types of users who live and work there but we also encourage “outsiders” to come and discover it.
Al-Badil works as a collective for the development of culture in Tunisia since 2013 and became a Tunisian association in 2017, working for structuring the Tunisian cultural sector, and the territorial network of youth-led cultural and creative initiatives. Al-Badil aims at supporting access to social and economic inclusion opportunities by promoting CCI professions, providing inclusive artistic and cultural education, and incubation programs for young artists and cultural managers. Their network is spread over the Tunisian national territory, with activities almost all over the territory with a regional and francophone influence.
Bazaart’s mission is to foster development of the performing arts and their dialogue with society at large. Bazaart focuses on artists’ cooperation with relevant experts in Serbia and the Western Balkans region on projects that encourage interdisciplinary research, artistic practice, and education based on performing arts. Bazaart is particularly focused on supporting youth participation in cultural activities.
BCC/Belarusian Council for Culture
BCC is a non-governmental organization that unites cultural actors forming the sustainable infrastructure of the free Belarusian culture. The BCC activities now focus on the promotion of Belarusian culture (patronage of artists, performers, and art managers), development of new cultural projects, unification of the culture community, and promotion of Belarusian culture across the globe. The Council also focuses on the facilitation of the civic impact on culture formation and development.
Bosch Alumni Network
The Bosch Alumni Network brings together former and current fellows, grantees and staff members of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its partners. By connecting network members with common interests but different backgrounds, cross-sectoral exchange and international collaborations are fostered. The Bosch Alumni Network is a cooperation between Robert Bosch Stiftung and the International Alumni Center (iac Berlin), a Do & Think Tank for impact-oriented networks established by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life. Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to build bridges of trust and understanding between peoples of the world.
Collective Routes is an inquiry-driven collective researching existing approaches, experimenting with new practices, and producing grounded knowledge in social change. They work to produce knowledge and evidence, mainly through participatory research methods with people and communities. As a collective, they bring together socially engaged practitioners in participatory research and collaborative learning across the fields of Youth Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Organisational Culture, Culture for development, and Social Policies.
COMM’ON is a non-profit company, based in Athens, working as a “backbone” organization for innovative and sustainable societal collaborations in urban and rural communities. It has been designed as a multileveled space, where people - leading new societal activities - meet, learn from each other, exchange assets and co-create new effective and sustainable solutions for common living, building a new social eco-system.
Collectief Walden is a group of artists and thinkers who feel the urgency of the ecological crisis. They are a philosopher, a biologist, a dramatist and a scenographer. But the philosopher is also a graphic designer, the biologist is also a radio producer, the dramatist is a political theorist and writer, and the scenographer is a mime. Collectief Walden takes its name from Henry David Thoreau’s famous book ‘Walden’.
Creative Scene commissions and produces all kinds of arts and cultural activities and events in and around the West Yorkshire towns of Dewsbury, Batley, Mirfield, Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike. All their work is shaped by the people that live here, who get involved as co-commissioners, co-producers and participants.
Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy) is a regional, non-profit organization founded in 2003 that seeks to support artistic creativity in the Arab region and to encourage cultural exchange within the region and beyond. Their work is based on an appreciation of the value of the diverse cultural heritage within the Arab region, and a belief in the critical role of culture in the development of civil society, the importance of access to culture for all, and the rights of artists to freedom of expression.
The Doen Foundation is a Dutch foundation supporting initiatives in the field of culture and cohesion and in the field of green and inclusive economy. The focus of the foundation is on sustainable, cultural and social innovation. believes that it is possible to achieve a green, socially inclusive and creative society. DOEN’s role is to support people people using entrepreneurship to actively work towards innovative solutions for a better world. Where possible, DOEN subsequently transfers the initiatives to other parties to increase their impact.
The European Commission is the executive of the European Union.The EU promotes policy collaboration on culture among national governments and with international organisations. Through Creative Europe, the EU supports European cinema, arts and creative industries to create European jobs and growth, as well as to open up new international opportunities, markets and audiences.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. How to take part Overview of how to participate in Erasmus+. How Erasmus+ is managed Budget, monitoring, main management bodies. 35 years of Erasmus+ 2022 marks the 35th year of existence of Erasmus+.
Fondazione Cariplo is a private foundation of banking origin officially established in 1991. The Foundation is based in Milan and operates prevailingly as a grant making organization within four main sectors: Arts and Culture, Environment, Social Welfare and Scientific Research. Their aim is to contribute and grow a social context full of opportunities in which each individual could develop their potential to the fullest and experience rich and meaningful relationships with other people.
Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo
FCSP’s mission is to foster the civil, cultural and economic development in the communities it operates in, pursuing goals of public interest and social usefulness. The income derived from its assets has been saved for centuries and is used for these institutional aims. The Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation is active in research and higher education, social policies, health, artistic heritage and cultural activities. It is a member of European Foundation Centre (EFC) and ACRI, the Italian Association of Foundations of Banking Origin and Saving Banks.
Fundacja Art Transparent
ART TRANSPARENT Contemporary Art Foundation was originated in 2005 in Wrocław. People who are involved in its work are specialists in a variety of fields: artists and lecturers associated with the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, psychologists and specialists in the area of social sciences. The Foundation’s goals regarding contemporary art and social topics are being achieved by means of local and national projects as well as own initiatives and attempts to consolidate the artistic and intellectual environment around current social and art problems.
Gabriela Tudor Foundation
Gabriela Tudor Foundation (previously known as Project DCM Foundation) was jointly created by Gabriela Tudor and Cosmin Manolescu with the aim to promote and support the development of contemporary dance in Romania. Since its inception in 1997, the foundation has worked on three levels of intervention: professional development of dance artists and practitioners (workshops, residencies, and training sessions); artistic research, production and presentation of events (performances, festivals, platforms) and production and distribution of works & project initiated and performed by C. Manolescu
The Federal Foreign Office
The Federal Foreign Office maintains Germany’s relations with other countries as well as with international and supra-national organizations. This work concerns much more than just political contacts among governments and parliaments. Because Germany and German society are enmeshed in ever-growing international networks, the Federal Foreign Office promotes intensive interaction and exchange with the world in the fields of business, culture, science and technology, the environment and development issues.
The Goethe-Institut is the globally active cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. They promote cultural exchange, education and social discourse in an international context and support the teaching and learning of the German language. For over seventy years, Goethe have enabled international cultural exchange to take place, promoted access to the German language and supported the unimpeded development of culture and science.
Hiša! Or House! Is an NGO based in small but lush Maribor, Slovenia. House! connects interdisciplinary experts from the fields of culture, architecture, environment, creative tourism and digitalization, who work towards the development and support of the local, regional and national prosperity. Through their brands of events, they enable Slovenia's creative minds to present themselves, to gain new experiences and become professionals, thereby fulfilling the main mission of cultivating a quality of life.
Ideas Factory is a platform that unites active people in Bulgaria and abroad, who create threads of connection at places where they are scarce – among generations, disciplines, between the city and the village, between citizens and municipal authorities, between “center” and “periphery“. By building bridges of interaction they creating alternatives for a world that’s getting more radicalized, by substituting the fear with familiarization, with exploration, with the creation of new solutions.
Interpret Europe is a membership-based organisation, registered as a charity in Germany. It has more than 800 members from more than 48 countries. Interpret Europe’s mission is: Empowering all who inspire meaningful connections with Europe’s natural and cultural heritage to shape our common future.
Insha Osvita a Ukrainian Network for Adult Education and Development of Innovations) is an NGO that operates across Ukraine and is involved in the management of the quality of non-formal education and adult education. The mission of Insha Osvita is to enhance approaches to non-formal education and adult education for a variety of target groups and to create a favorable environment for the development of innovations for a democratic society.
Istanbul Bilgi University
Center for Civil Society Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University works on rights based issues with grassroots civil society organizations focusing on capacity building since 2003 at Istanbul Bilgi University. Currently the Center has 4 Units and an MA Program, namely: NGO Research and Training, Youth Studies, Child Studies, Bilgi Social Incubation Center, MA Program on NGO Management and Social Projects. Each unit is specialised in thematic areas and works with civic partners all over Turkey and Europe.
Kultur Aktiv was founded in 2002 in Dresden’s Neustadt district to promote art and culture. Since then it has grown into an organisation that knows how to network and present locally as well as regionally and internationally. At the same time, they see their endeavours as a contribution to strengthening civil society and democratic structures and values. Kultur Aktiv activities with Eastern Europe offer many starting points for further developing Dresden’s potential as a bridge between East and West.
In 2018, Leeuwarden (and Friesland) was European Capital of Culture. With a versatile programme of performances, exhibitions, festivals and projects, carried out by professionals and citizens, they are rightly proud of what has been achieved. No surprises there, the team wants to continue to offer the region a diverse cultural programme in the upcoming years, to further strengthen the Frisian culture, and their connections to Europe.
The Martin Roth-Initiative was started as a joint project by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and the Goethe-Institut in reaction to the global decline in pre-political spaces. In many countries, state and non-state actors are increasingly restricting the work by and with critical artists as well as civil-society actors. Socio-political commitment in these countries results in personal danger for those involved.
Marche Teatro was founded in 2014. It now gathers tradition and contemporary arts, representing a new model for the Italian system thanks to a unique combination of activities and features, all tailored on enhancing local audience, supporting emerging artists, increasing national and international relationships and consolidating the strategic role of this institution as cultural hub.
MuseoLab was founded in 2017 with the aim to promote cultural heritage, mainly archaeology, through hands-on activities using experiential learning techniques and methods. Following their first project, the team decided to broaden the scope to include more domains within the broader definition of the cultural heritage. The scope grew even more following the 17th of October uprising in 2019. This social and political turmoil had a major impact on the way Lebanese interact with the history of their nation and their sense of belonging.
Founded in 2017, The MMAG Foundation strives to contribute to the future of art practice and pedagogy by drawing on historical encounters and contemporary issues alike. Through art, it works to facilitate opportunities to shape responsive approaches to learning, knowledge-making and modes of dialogue. The foundation provides a space for artistic research, production and critical discourse through its exhibition program, educational projects and residency spaces.
NTIL - Latvijas Jaunā teātra institūts
New Theatre Institute of Latvia (NTIL) is a project based organisation working in the field of contemporary performing arts. Since 1995 NTIL has been organizing the International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Homo Novus, which is the largest performing arts platform in Latvia. NTIL also produces and presents projects and long term collaboration programmes together with local and international partners, strongly believing in the necessity to explore the contemporary performing arts field together with artists and audiences.
PiNA is an association, established in 1998 at the initiative of the Open Society Institute, which has been promoting socially responsible practices and strengthening the culture of dialogue for over 20 years. Since its establishment, PiNA has served as a point for meeting, providing information, exchange, connection and collaboration in the field of societal challenges.
Pro Progressione is a Budapest-based artistic hub that connects people, professions and ambitions by designing international collaborations in the field of culture. They are active in the field of socially engaged arts, cultural & natural heritage interpretation, music as tradition and the productions of unique performances. Their innovative team disposes of a large scale of professional competences and creativity.
Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. George Soros opened his first international foundation in Hungary in 1984. Today, the Open Society Foundations support a vast array of projects in more than 120 countries, providing thousands of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices
R84 is a community of artists, craftsmen, freelancers and entrepreneurs located in the industrial area of Mantua, in the North of Italy. The community of workers has been established in 2017 as a shared workspace with the objective of requalifying an area of over 12000 square meters formerly belonging to the local refinery. To date, R84 Multifactory hosts over 40 activities in a self-organized environment promoting entrepreneurs' social responsibility, mutual help and horizontal governance.
Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major foundations in Europe that is associated with a private company. Through their work, the foundation has followed the legacy of Robert Bosch for almost 60 years, continuing his commitment to social and societal causes in a contemporary form.
The theatre co-produces and presents two seasons per year of performances, parties, concerts, installations, film screenings, festivals, residencies, discursive events, as well as other kinds of social events. RT also runs its own cafe, which provides the organisation with very special, informal and social conditions for gathering people of all ages and backgrounds to gather, meet and hang out around food, drink and art events.
Sciaena is a Non-Governmental Organization that aims to promote a healthy marine environment through the promotion of sustainable ways of exploitation, the involvement of the population and political intervention.They believe in raising awareness as a way of creating a bridge between scientific knowledge and society, valuing the opinion and activity of all stakeholders, to develop action measures and integrated strategies.
SERI Germany explores sustainable development options for Europe, and analyses the impact of European policies on other parts of the world. They work in interdisciplinary teams with expertise across natural sciences, economics, social sciences and humanities. They are dedicated to high standards of research quality, and emphasis the necessity of knowledge transfer, science-policy-society interfaces, and results having to stand the test of real-world applicability.
Stiftung Mercator is a private foundation, which fosters science and the humanities, education and international understanding. It specifically initiates, develops and funds projects and partner organisations in the thematic fields to which it is committed: it wants to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools.
For more than 40 years, the Stiftung Kunstfonds has been committed to promoting artistic practice in Germany and supporting the dissemination and appreciation of contemporary visual art throughout Germany. We award scholarships and project grants, support exhibitions and publications and preserve the lifetime achievements of artists. Promoting and maintaining artistic quality is the essence of our philosophy.
Think Tanger a cultural platform dedicated to the exploration of urban challenges arising in the city of Tangier. The main mission is to respond to cultural vacuums that have opened up as a consequence of urbanization in contemporary Tangier. It serves as a cultural platform to address and highlight social and spatial impacts of urban matters, through projects operating at the crossroad of visual arts, design, participatory research and urban practices, and alternative programs such as urban laboratories, participative workshops, art residencies, podcasts and more.
The Wroclaw Institute of Culture
The Wroclaw Institute of Culture’s (WIC) activity is situated between artistic institutions, focused on creating and animating art, and cultural centres main task of which is artistic and cultural education. WIC wants to become a bridge between the institutional field of culture and active citizens, creators, artists and the non-governmental, business or public sector. WIC creates opportunities for cooperation, test new formats of activities, identify and research trends and support niche, non-commercial initiatives.
4iS Platform for Social Innovation
4is is an ecosystem of social innovation that aims to create a social value culture supported on social innovation practices through sharing of knowledge, services, projects and social enterprises. 4iS supports academic and local communities by creating, developing and placing activities and cross-sectoral framework programs for social innovation, based on Sustainability, Active Citizenship, Culture, Creativity, Education, Employment, Social Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellbeing