20 years ago, Cultiva was established, by the municipality of Kristiansand. The purpose of the foundation is to secure jobs and good living condition by the means of art, culture, and knowledge. Cultiva support projects that are contributing to innovation, development, or knowledge building.
With a capital base of NOK 2,4 billion/EUR 240 million in a town of 112 000 inhabitants, the local experiences and ambitions are high in believing the change maker potential of art and culture.
When revising the strategy last year, the board stated that Cultiva's purpose is just as relevant as 20 years ago. It is a demanding task, but it is important for further renewal of Kristiansand. Among the new ambitions for Cultiva is to contribute to digitalisation of art and culture, inspire to sustainability, and stimulate to exploring the role of art and culture in public space.
Together with Agder Kunstsenter, Kristiansand kommune, Fri Agder and Skeive Sørlandsdager we announced a call "Diversity, public space and digitalisation". As a result of this call the summer of 2021 in Kristiansand will be filled with exhibitions, performances, debates and other activities within arts and culture!