Who we are, what we do

About us

about-us-artikelDer Offene Kunstverein Potsdam – Land Brandenburg e.V. … also known as Offener Kunstverein e.V. is a registered society in the german country Brandenburg seeing it’s self as a democratic, open minded, social and honest organisation  in the field of arts.

Our main occupation is the cultural education of children and young people in all fields of art under an interdisciplinary approach. We enable them to discover and improve theire artistic skills in different techniques as well as to develop social and organisational skills.

The KunstWerk which is part of the Students Cultural Centre located in the city of Potsdam is our head quarter. Here we have our office, rooms for painting, sculpturing and showing exhibitions as well as a small theatre stage. Close cooperation with a number of partners throughout Potsdam gives us the possibilty to offer our participants a wide range of opportunities to discover and develop theire talents in all genres – from the fine arts like painting, photography and sculpturing to performing arts including theatre, music, performance and dance. Regular courses as well as public performances take place in several different locations all over town.

Although mainly working with youngsters we also serve as a framework for experienced artists of all generations to experiment, improve, find cooperation and make exhibitions, shows and presentations. Furthermore we have been and still are part of a number of international projects in and beyond the European Union since 1997. 
Our international partnerships include Bulgaria, Italy, France, China, Austria, Spain, Poland, Ireland, Czech and the US.
The Offener Kunstverein e.V. receiving and sending organisation in the cultural youth exchange programme of the European Union. As such we host young artists from other countries in Potsdam where they have the opportunity to work with us, learn the language and develop theire own projects. People from Potsdam on the other hand are sent abroad to make new artistical and personal experience there.
For it’s outstanding achievements in the work with young people the Offener Kunstverein e.V. has won the federal award Goldene Göre in 2005. Former participants of our programmes have been accepted in famous art schools in Germany and abroad. Our work is supported by the city of Potsdam, the ekze e.V., the AStA of the University of Potsdam and private sponsors.

Offener Kunstverein e.V.
Herrmann-Elflein-Str. 10
14467 Potsdam
Telephone: +49 -331-6471020 (Sabine Raetsch, Sabine Merkel)

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