Contemporary art is often seen as an indicator for social developments, their values, and change. For future top performers and executives in research and science, a willingness to accept responsibility and a well-grounded understanding of society and culture are indispensable. Working under the motto “Cultural Competence for Future Executives”, from 2017 the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft – together with its working group “Cultural Education” –, in cooperation with KIT, supports ten selected students and doctoral candidates. Within the scope of the Bronnbacher Stipendium and for one year, they get the chance to enter into dialogue with renowned personalities from the world of arts and culture and to discover their working methods.
In up to ten evening and weekend events the scholarship holders will be provided with an overview of current art productions and the theory of arts through workshops, lectures, and excursions. In the process, they will meet artists and individuals from the field of culture management. By direct exchange the students learn to develop new approaches and creative solutions.
Autumn 2016 marked the beginning of the first application phase for the Bronnbacher Stipendium at KIT. Its coordination is the responsibility of ZAK.
Art and culture are basic needs of a free and responsible society. Art and culture as well as economics and science are based on the same conditions: creativity, courage, and the need for renewal. Based on this conviction, the Bronnbacher Stipendium was launched in 2004 by the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft. This programme is – in cooperation with the University of Mannheim – primarily offered to students of law and economics. The aim is to deepen their enthusiasm for arts and culture and to support them in developing an understanding for artistic processes. With the new vintage year the scholarship will also be offered to students and doctoral candidates of MINT courses at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). All participants will complete the curriculum under the leadership of a curator.
Artists are sensitive to changes in their environment, dealing with them in their art and developing visions – contemporary art is often seen as an indicator for social developments. Direct exchange with artists from various sectors has the potential to discover new approaches and creative solutions. In the present scientific and economic world, skills like inspiration, creativity, and intuition are more and more necessary for responsible and successful action and for embarking upon innovative ways. Through contact with the world of art and culture, these competences are particularly perceptible and learnable.
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