Monika GrüttersMonika Grütters is a German politician and parliamentarian who has a wealth of experience in the arts, arts policy, and cultural sectors. She has been an elected member of the German Bundestag since 2005 and served as State Minister for Culture and the Media in the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel from 2013 to 2021. She is a member of several parliamentary bodies, including the Committee of Enquiry on Culture in Germany, the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment, the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Cultural and Educational Policy Abroad.
Prior to her membership in the Bundestag, Monika Grütters worked in public relations at the Berlin Museum for Transport and Technology and the Berlin publishing house Bouvier und Nicolai. She was assistant lecturer in public relations for the Cultural Management degree course at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. In 1992, Monika Grütters became the spokesperson of the Senate Administration for Science and Research in Berlin and was responsible for corporate communications at the Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG. From 1998 to 2013, she chaired the Executive Board of the “Brandenburg Gate” Foundation of the Bankgesellschaft Berlin. She studied German literature, art history, and political science at the Universities of Münster and Bonn and has served as an honorary professor for cultural management at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and at the Free University of Berlin.
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