Our stARTacademy is celebrating its tenth anniversary this season, and we are proud to be able to take a moment to reflect upon a full decade of sponsoring artists. The academy was founded in 2009 to support young, highly talented artists. Since then, the format has evolved from a pure sponsorship model into a forum for intensive mentoring relationships, sustainable career development and an extensive artists’ network. “Many of the artists continue their relationship with us beyond their active sponsorship period, which typically lasts three years. That speaks volumes about the quality of our stARTacademy,” says Thomas Helfrich, Head of Culture, Sports and Education at Bayer. “What makes this project so special is that we not only give the artists something, we also get something in return through intensive cooperative exploration, in-depth conversations, and joint projects. We would like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to all of the artists who put their trust in us over the past years. We believe our cultural engagement is essential in that art and culture, along with economic and social factors, are indicators of a creative and free society.”
Our stART artists demonstrate for us this freedom and creativity time and time again – with their performances in the Erholungshaus and even more so with their full personal engagement and stories.