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.
Julia Pataky, Program Coordinator
Julia Pataky is originally from Vienna, Austria. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in transcultural communication from the University of Vienna, she came to the US in fall of 2018 to pursue her Master’s degree in cultural and public diplomacy as a Fulbright student at American University in Washington, DC. As program coordinator at the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City, she is passionate about actively promoting mutual understanding, cross-cultural exchange, and dialogue between Germans and Americans.