Grant for research project on how cultural institute WORM contributes to innovation and inclusivity in Rotterdam

For research on how WORM contributes to innovation and inclusivity
View of Rotterdam at night
View of Rotterdam at night

How does WORM contribute to innovation and inclusivity in it's neighborhood Cool-Zuid? This will be studied by Prof. dr. Evert Bisschop Boele and Dr. Janna Michael (Arts & Culture Studies), who have received a KIEM grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Their project is entitled 'WORM in Dialogue. Looking for a new relation between WORM and the neighborhood'.

WORM in Dialogue

Quickly changing and gentrifying neighborhoods such as Cool-Zuid (Rotterdam) are a serious challenge for the Dutch ambition to be an innovative and inclusive society. Arts, culture and the creative industries are catalysts for innovative processes of sense-making which can lead to social inclusion. Cultural institutions can shape such processes by taking into account current society’s pluriformity, thus being inclusive towards a variety of (groups  of) citizens. Institute for avant-gardistic recreation WORM wants to be inclusive towards all citizens in her neighborhood, Cool-Zuid (Rotterdam). WORM shapes projects which target dialogue and mutual connections between WORM and neighborhood residents. These projects can be seen as artistic interventions aiming at fostering connections between the creative industries and a variety of citizens in order to strengthen social innovation. Prof. dr. Evert Bisschop Boele and Dr. Janna Michael from the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication will follow these projects and specifically look at the experiences of neighborhood residents. The research will give insight in ways in which cultural institutions in the Netherlands may contribute to innovation and inclusivity in Dutch society.

About the KIEM grant

KIEM aims to promote and facilitate partnerships between knowledge institutions and private parties, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs). KIEM enables consortia (consisting of at least one researcher employed at a Dutch University and at least one private partner) to develop sustainable partnerships. KIEM funding can also be used to further articulate and help answer questions put forward by private parties.

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