Our UE-Lecturer and Research Associate Anne-Christin Plate, was recently announced as the winner of "The Power of the Arts" Award for her project idea "sexability", together with the Thikwa Werkstätten.
Ann-Christin's project "sexability" addresses the diversity and reality of sexuality from the perspective of people with so-called disabilities as a contribution to an inclusive society. In an artistic creative process involving people with and without disabilities, an animated film was developed that informs, enlightens and breaks down social taboos in a sensitive way.
The jurors of the award said: "sexability finds ways to break down taboos and myths related to the sexuality of people with disabilities. The animated film as an artistic medium is suitable to deal with the topic in an artistic high-quality way - vividly and enlightening, but without showing off. An important project that makes an essential contribution to participation and inclusion."
The Power of the Arts is an initiative of Philip Morris GmbH in cooperation with the International Giving Foundation of the Deutsches Stiftungszentrum im Stifterverband, Netzwerk Junge Ohren e. V. and BOROS. Since 2017, it has awarded annual grants totalling €200,000 to projects that use culture to promote social and cultural equality whilst also breaking down barriers to promote understanding among all people.
With the funding, The Power of the Arts supports professional and social participation as well as educational opportunities and strengthens economic opportunities in Germany. Projects and initiatives from the fields of music, theatre, art, dance, literature, film and applied arts are eligible. An independent jury consisting of people from the arts, the cultural environment and academia selects the projects.