About Goethe Institut Pop Up Kansas City
The Goethe Pop Up Kansas City acts as a mini branch of the Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. Join us in 2020 as we continue to host and support a variety of cultural events in America’s heartland.
Our goal is to present contemporary German art and culture in Kansas City and help shape a current understanding of Germany in one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing cultural centers. We organize a broad range of events and support projects in the fields of arts, literature, music, film, theater, and more at our space in the Crossroads and with partners around the metro area. We aim to explore current issues from both German and US perspectives and collaborate with cultural institutions, artists, universities, schools, and businesses that have an interest in Germany and its language and culture.
The Goethe-Institut operates in 98 countries worldwide, promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and fostering international cultural collaborations. Our program of public events offers an opportunity to engage with themes and questions relevant to contemporary German culture and society. Faced with the challenges of globalization, we aim to strengthen intercultural dialogue and a global civil society.
Director: Jutta Behnen
Jutta Behnen was born in Cologne, Germany. After graduating from Humboldt-University in Berlin she worked as a consultant and lecturer in German as a Foreign Language and Theater in Germany, Belarus, Uzbekistan, France, England, and the US. She is excited to create a platform for encounter, exchange, and new perspectives as Managing Director for Kansas City’s first pop-up Goethe-Institut.
Program Coordinator: Gabriel Freis
Gabriel Freis comes from Portland, Oregon. After majoring in English and Creative Writing at Portland State University, he continued living in the Pacific Northwest before relocating to Kansas City with an interest in the Midwest’s burgeoning art and music scene. With a background in content writing and customer service, he hopes to discover new perspectives and connect with both local and international artists in the Crossroads Arts District. He looks forward to exploring both the physical and cultural landscapes of his new home throughout the next year.