Verein Kunstplatte e.V. – Association for cultural offers

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Private sponsoring
  • Contact person: Christian Hoffmann, info@kunstplatte.de
  • Year of implementation: 1999
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Saxony-Anhalt
  • Town: Stendal
  • Size of area: 400 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • regional: Information not found EUR
    • other: Information not found EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • regional: Local residents; Association Kunstplatte e.V.
    • other: Local residents; Association Kunstplatte e.V.
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. The association Kunstplatte e.V., which provides various cultural offers to citizens, was founded by a housing association ‘SWB’ and the local gallerist Monika von Puttkamer in 1998 due to the request of many local residents who wanted to have a cultural institution being established in their prefabricated housing district. From 1999 – 2003 the municipality and the Federal Labour Office supported the project by financing a part-time employee. Since 2003 the association has to finance itself fully with the support of many people who work for the association voluntarily.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. No.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Not applicable.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. Originally the project was an idea of the housing association SWB in Stendal and the local gallery owner Monika von Puttkamer. It was intended to implement a short-time project called cultural and art weeks in the district of Stendal for four weeks, but because of the great success local residents requested for the foundation of a long-term cultural institution. Local residents work their voluntarily and since 2003 the Kunstplatte e.V. is a self-financed organisation. Originally it was planned to get more support by local authorities but this did not happen.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. Stendal is divided into two parts: the regenerated inner-city with a nice historical centre on the one hand and the prefabricated housing districts with various social problems on the other hand. The project intends to incorporate the housing district Stadtsee into the city-centre’s life by offering several cultural events for everyone. The physical distance should be removed by reducing the social distance between the citizens.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. In the city centre of Stendal a lot cultural events and programmes are provided, but the housing districts, which are located in distance to the city centre, had a lack with regards to social or cultural activities. The association ‘Kunstplatte e.V.’ makes a contribution to the cultural life in the housing district ‘Stadtsee’. The cultural offers are well accepted by local residents because ‘Kunstplatte e.V.’ offers a great variety of events and activities.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. Prize winner of the ‘Socially Integrative City ‘ programme in 2000.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.kunstplatte.de