The arts will improve your IQ
Culture keeps our city alive.
Art and culture can achieve a lot: by questioning the existing and crossing borders, they create space for reflection and provide impulses for new things. They increase the quality of life of the citizens and create identity. They also function as an important location factor because they increase the attractiveness of a city and thus make it interesting for companies, specialists and students. In principle, however, art and culture are free and not function-related. They only gain social significance when they are effective and when they are united and exchanged with others. To encourage this
has always been the goal of GREEN cultural policy in Darmstadt.
Art and culture have always played a major role in our city. The cultural self-image can still be seen today in a large number of public and independent cultural institutions and initiatives. The offer includes established high culture as well as an alternative scene, internationally renowned institutions and locally oriented projects. For us, this cultural diversity is an expression of social strength and an indication of one
We are committed to UNESCO's expanded concept of culture, which understands culture as the totality of the unique spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional aspects that characterize a society or a social group.
Our aim is to allow all Darmstadt residents, regardless of origin, gender, education and income, to participate in cultural life. For us, art and culture are elementary building blocks of an open and democratic society and can in turn contribute to inclusion.
In the past ten years, reliable and solidly financed funding practice has succeeded in securing the important work of cultural institutions and initiatives for Darmstadt and, in many cases, expanding it even further. For the independent scene in all genre areas, the financial contributions have been increased continuously since 2011.
The Corona crisis is also a tough test for the cultural life of our city. For some cultural workers and self-employed artists, especially from the independent scene, it is life-threatening. We are doing everything in our power to be at the side of all cultural workers even in these difficult times: The budget lock was lowered so that more funds were available in 2020 than in the previous year. They also benefited the facilities if the announced projects had to be canceled due to the corona restrictions. Further support was provided by means of an aid fund from the city.
Last but not least, the GREEN initiative resulted in the aid project “We for Culture”, with which the measures of the city, state and federal government were supplemented. The city, together with the city's cultural enterprise Centralstation, has created the possibility of holding cultural events again within a limited framework and in compliance with the applicable distance and hygiene rules.
Not only artists and cultural institutions are affected by the Corona crisis, but also those actors from the creative and event industry, without whose know-how and technical infrastructure a diverse cultural life in our city would be impossible. We are committed to ensuring that the city examines within the scope of its possibilities and coordinated with the state and federal programs what contribution it can make to counteract the loss of further jobs in Darmstadt and the local ones
To save the self-employed from the complete collapse of their economic foundations.
>>> It is important to us GREENS that cultural diversity returns and is preserved in the long term, because it keeps our city alive. We want to continue to support them through communication, network and structural offers.
1. Create cultural networks, improve structures
The shaping of culture can only succeed in the interaction of the cultural institutions with the departments of the city administration and political bodies, with artists, civil society and the local cultural industry. In order to further develop the communication between the various actors and their partners and enrich it with new topics, a municipal cultural department was established in 2013. Our “GREEN Alliance for Culture” working group initiated the “Creative Lunch” as a place for regular exchange. In addition, numerous independent networks have emerged such as "Kulturelle Mitte", Kultur einer Digitalstadt e.V., Kreative Darmstadt e.V. and
the culture women meeting.
1.1. Use the potential of digitization
Digitization offers both challenges and opportunities for the cultural sector. The Corona crisis has shown how important it is to use the latter. For cultural workers, the internet was often the only place where their own work could be presented and discussed in public. The association “Kultur einer Digitalstadt” has created a platform to make the cultural tasks and potential of digitization visible and to develop them further. In addition, he initiated a dialogue with urban society. > Digital
>>> We are committed to ensuring that the work of the Kultur einer Digitalstadt association is broadly networked in the Darmstadt cultural scene and that it receives adequate support.
>>> Basically, we are committed to the development of a digital interface in order to better coordinate the cultural work in Darmstadt and to avoid scheduling overlaps.
1.2. Culture by and for students and trainees
We GREEN see cultural education as part of personal development. In our eyes, it is an important part of a holistic concept of education. Education, for its part, makes a significant contribution to understanding culture.
There are almost 45,000 students in Darmstadt. Student initiatives such as the Schlosskeller and Schlossgarten, 806sqm and Glaskasten offer you, but also the entire urban community, an attractive cultural program. We GRÜNE supported the 806sqm building in the last legislative period.
>>> We are committed to the preservation of these largely voluntary institutions. We welcome even closer networking with the other cultural institutions.
>>> With the opening of the campuses for actions and presentations by cultural workers, culture and education are to be more closely interlinked and common lines of action are to be identified.
>>> Even non-university cultural institutions and initiatives in Darmstadt, such as the state theater or the independent scene, offer attractive offers for students. However, these are only used to a small extent. We would like to change this with a joint initiative.
>>> This possibility should not be a privilege of people in academic training, but should be open to everyone in training. We are committed to the Hessian state government so that the discounts that students receive at the Darmstadt State Theater also apply to trainees.
1.3. Preserve club culture
Darmstadt has had a growing club landscape since the mid-1970s. Goldene Krone, Galerie Kurzweil, Oetinger Villa, 806sqm, Schlosskeller, Bessunger Knabenschule, HoffArt and many others are the germ cells of youth, subcultures and countercultures and thus indispensable elements of our diverse society. In the Corona crisis, the clubs were the first to be closed and have only been able to reopen to a very limited extent, if at all. The measures taken by the federal government to date are not sufficient to help cultural workers secure their livelihoods during the crisis.
>>> We therefore want to mobilize new rooms and venues where club events can take place again in accordance with infection protection.
>>> We want to examine the creation of a temporary open-air club arena on the measuring site, which is available to the various organizers and initiators of club events in a cooperative manner.
1.4. Foundation of a theater education center
With the association Freie Szene Darmstadt and its around 40 groups, Darmstadt has a large and experienced independent theater scene. With the renovation of the Mollerhaus, the actors have received a modern, energetically sustainable domicile.
>>> We want to use the wealth of experience and the great potential and, in close collaboration with the theater pedagogues of the Mollerhaus, establish a theater pedagogical center in Darmstadt which, in addition to active performance practice, also specializes in the training of theater pedagogues. Parts of the training center could be in the Kreativquatier in Pa * Mo> Urban development and mobility> Social policy be settled.
1.5. Renovation of the city library and Justus-Liebig-Haus
The city library is an important factor in extra-curricular education because it gives people with less money access to literature, magazines and other media. The building is in urgent need of renovation. The adult education center, which is also located here, will be spatially integrated into the vocational school center north in the foreseeable future, so that a "Lifelong Learning" center will be created in the Bürgerpark. > Education
>>> We are committed to checking the state of the city library and developing an energetic renovation concept.
>>> The Justus Liebig House as one of the large, centrally located town houses must be included in the renovation plans.
2. Giving food for thought, discovering new things, breaking down prejudices
Darmstadt is open to the world. People from many different nations and cultures live in our city. It is important to us GREENS that the range of art and culture takes this diversity into account. Art and culture have their own values, they must not be taken over by politics and business and do not have to serve a purpose or compensate for social deficits. Nevertheless, they can help shape diversity. By creating encounters with the unknown, art and culture break up old thought patterns and encourage the desire to discover new things.
>>> We are committed to ensuring that the cultural offerings are accessible to everyone and that the entire population can participate in cultural life.
2.1. Cultural work of diversity
Community cultural projects such as "Kranichstein represent (Germany needs that)" of the Darmstadt State Theater have shown how theater work can bring together a diverse district. The station theater piece lets the local people have their say and gives them self-confidence. The performative staging of their stories and experiences creates a multifaceted image that portrays the district without prejudice and is thus able to reduce possible reservations.
>>> We are committed to supporting independent organizations and established cultural institutions that offer appropriate cultural projects in networking and implementation.
>>> Associations and institutions such as the German Poland Institute, the Società Dante Alighieri Darmstadt and the Student Film Circle make important contributions to the Darmstadt cinema landscape. Films are often shown in their original sound as well as off-productions. We want to keep this important cultural work and look for solutions to the Corona crisis.
2.2. Culture from everyone - for everyone
In 2016 the GREEN-led magistrate decided on the action plan for the implementation of the UN Disability Rights Convention. > Social politics The aim is to make Darmstadt an inclusive city in which everyone has the opportunity to participate fully and equally in all social processes - this also applies to art and culture, both in terms of passive and active participation is concerned.
People with disabilities should be able to visit cultural institutions and activities without outside help as far as possible. Among other things, this requires affordable tickets and barrier-free paths. Program texts and ticket systems should, if possible, be offered in plain language, and lectures and tours should be accompanied by sign language interpreters.
People with disabilities should not only be able to perceive art independently. There are also creative people among them who are actively involved. Promoting your education and making your art visible to a broader public is of particular importance to us, because that's how clichés can be broken. The “Alles inclusive ?!” festival, which took place in 2015 for the first time, showed how diverse the cultural work by and with people with disabilities is. Another edition is planned for 2021.
We need an eye for the positive, for the abilities of people with disabilities. Art and media can contribute to this. In Darmstadt, the BEHINDArt project and Theaterlabor Inc. have been doing exemplary work in this regard for many years.
>>> We are committed to ensuring that inclusive art projects are anchored and networked even more broadly in Darmstadt's cultural life and thus experience a greater public.
3. Make public space attractive
It is important to us GREENS that the urban space is distributed fairly. In addition to residential development, commerce, mobility, green spaces and sports facilities, art and culture must also be given sufficient space. As part of the city repairs, the public spaces are gradually being redesigned in order to increase the quality of stay. The design advisory board set up by us GRÜNEN has been ensuring aesthetic standards in building projects that shape the cityscape since 2011 and developing ideas for inhospitable places. The art commission, founded in 2016, pays attention to the quality of form and content of art in public spaces.
3.1. A cultural axis in the middle of the city
The redesign of Georg-Büchner-Platz and Friedensplatz have created two new rooms in the city center. Both places are surrounded by cultural institutions and are hosted with temporary art and cultural events: At Georg-Büchner-Platz these are the Darmstadt State Theater, the Mollerhaus Theater, the Atelierhaus and, among others, the actions of DIESE Studio. The Hessian State Museum, the City Archives and Hessian State Archives, the Institute for New Technical Form (INTeF) and the Residenzschloss with Castle Museum, the German Poland Institute and the Technical University of Darmstadt are grouped around Friedensplatz, as well as the darmstadtium and Centralstation. The street theater festival Just for Fun, the Darmstadt Secession, the Darmstadt Photography Days and the TU Darmstadt's art forum provide art activities in public space. A cultural axis has emerged in the middle of the city, as we and many others have always wished for.
Artistic interventions on fallow land can help to draw attention to their potential and to sound out options for use. We want tolerance and mutual consideration on the part of both the public and local residents. The events should be resource-efficient and cause little waste.
>>> We support artistic interventions of existing and emerging cultural initiatives by mediating between the different interests.
>>> We are committed to ensuring that public spaces for culture and interaction are further developed in the city districts and that they are justified.> Urban development and mobility
3.2. Redesign of the lower Rheinstrasse as a worthy entrance to the science city Darmstadt
We GREEN want the lower Rheinstrasse to be redesigned as a central entrance from the west to the city. Darmstadt is one of the few cities in Europe whose central entrance is not preceded by an industrial or commercial belt. We want to use this potential to make the cultural strengths in this section of our city visible and to point out outstanding institutions and temporary highlights.
>>> We are committed to developing a clear communication concept with a focus on cultural and scientific highlights.
>>> The quality of stay for pedestrians and residents is to be improved through new green spaces and repairs to the fountains.We also want to create a well-developed bike path here as a connection to the city center.> Urban development and mobility
3.3. Development of space in the vicinity of the Kunsthalle
The historic entrance from the west to the residential city of Darmstadt was once located between the art gallery and the DGB building. In order for this place to be properly perceived of its historical importance, it needs a fundamental redesign. The area around the art gallery has already been redesigned: the fences have been removed, new trees have been planted and benches have been set up. The back was enhanced by the relocation of the crow sculpture. In conjunction with the redesign of the middle Rheinstrasse as a boulevard > Urban development and mobilityA central, attractive axis with a high quality of stay is to be created, which runs from the castle via Luisenplatz to the space between the Kunsthallen and DGB-Haus and continues out of town.
>>> We are committed to continuing the redesign of the space between the Kunsthalle and the DGB-Haus in line with the landscape architecture competition of 2017, so that the place appears as a unit.
>>> The redesign is to be used to raise awareness of Darmstadt's history as a city of the arts - translated into a modern design language - at this point as well.
3.4. Expand the range of street theater
Street theater is a wonderful medium for bringing the city center and districts to life independently of offers that are linked to consumption. Thanks to the association Kw8 - Werkstatt für Theater und Kultur (Festival Just for Fun) and the diving platform festival of Theaterquarantäne, Darmstadt has a lively street theater scene.
>>> The offer is to be expanded in the future in order to upgrade the public spaces and to create communal cultural experiences that are accessible free of charge and without fear of thresholds.
3.5. Permanently support the international forest art center, use potential
For many years the Association for International Forest Art has been doing valuable pioneering work in conveying art in natural areas. He has already organized the International Forest Art Trail in the Bessunger Forest, which is unique in Germany, ten times, where international artists presented their art installations developed on site. In addition, symposia, campaigns and forest educational events for children take place regularly in the International Forest Art Center.
>>> We are committed to ensuring that this unique cultural feature is permanently secured for the city. The newly emerging Ludwigshöhviertel receives fruitful impulses from the neighborhood.
4. Art and culture belong in the city
We GRÜNE see it as the task of cultural, economic and urban development policy to create space for artistic activities in urban space. In 2014, as part of the inclusion of the Pallaswiesen- / Mornewegviertel (Pa * Mo) in the urban development program “Socially Integrative City”, a creative quarter was launched on a former industrial site on Landwehrstrasse and Kirschenallee. The first creative industries and freelance cultural workers have already moved in, including a film production company, a TV format development company, a recording studio and several visual artists. The mix of economy and culture enriches the city quarter, which has so far been largely shaped by industry and traffic.
>>> We are committed to ensuring that the development into a lively, creative space of experience is promoted and perpetuated.
4.1. Keeping young creatives in town
Affordable studios and rehearsal rooms are important in order not to lose the young creative scene to cities like Frankfurt or Berlin. The city is intensively involved in the development of the creative quarter in Pa * Mo. She acts as an intermediary as well as lessor for studios and rehearsal rooms. A new urban exhibition space is also to be set up.
>>> We are committed to creating more affordable studio and work spaces in Pa * Mo, especially for young visual artists.
>>> The development of the creative quarter should be accompanied by high-profile measures to make it better known and to integrate it into the cultural life of the city.
4.2. Using empty spaces culturally
It is to be feared that the corona-related restrictions and requirements will lead to more vacancies in commercial space in the medium term. The inner city, which is currently dominated by retail and gastronomy, will change. > Urban development and mobility> Economy and finance
>>> We are committed to ensuring that empty spaces are culturally used, converted or reused. Temporary art and action areas can create an attractive environment for retail, service and tourism.
4.3. Let folk festivals and festivals take place again
Folk festivals and festivals such as the Heinerfest, the Schlossgrabenfest, the Residenzfestspiele or the Golden Leaves Festival are elements that unite culture and urban society.
>>> We are committed to ensuring that folk festivals and festivals can take place again as soon as possible. If the corona requirements continue to apply, we want to develop alternative concepts together in order to realize the events.
>>> We want to check to what extent the ecological footprint can be reduced by making the festivals sustainable.
4.4. Preserve cinema as a specific art form
The corona pandemic has once again significantly accelerated the death of the cinema. The culture industry and, more recently, streaming services have contributed to film moving further and further away from its original art form and becoming any entertainment product. The fragmentation in series and the shallow consumerism also mean that films are less and less stimulating to watch more and more because the object can be penetrated directly. As a result, fewer and fewer people are going to the cinema.
>>> We want to counteract this development in Darmstadt by subsidizing a cinema that, similar to in theater and opera, sees film as a museum element. The focus here is less on the topicality and the requirements of the film industry than on the art form. This can of course include all genres of the film. In a first step, a concept would have to be developed with the existing cinemas and the urban community.
5. Preserving the city's history and rewriting it again and again
The historical heritage of a city is identity-creating because it creates uniqueness and a feeling of belonging. Today, however, it is no longer a question of passing on history for an approximately homogeneous citizenship. Rather, it is important to make the cultural heritage universally accessible for an intercultural urban society. History work must be viewed in an interdisciplinary manner and take into account the diversity of the population.
5.1. Strengthen the culture of memory
Events like in Halle or Hanau have shown that it is urgently necessary to keep the memory of the crimes of National Socialism alive and to continue to strengthen the culture of remembrance. Vandalism and theft threaten public places of remembrance, also in Darmstadt. The freight station memorial and the menorah in front of the Liberal Synagogue were partly destroyed several times, the bronze statues at the memorial for the victims of the night of the fire in the forest cemetery and Luise Büchner's bronze head were stolen.
We GREENS understand remembering as education. We are aware of our historical burden and responsibility and remember for the sake of all of our future. Only if we understand what happened, remember the victims and draw the consequences for our coexistence today, will we remain a cosmopolitan and tolerant urban society that is still immune to discrimination of any kind and does not exclude anyone. Contemporary art forms are intended to break new ground in order to reach the younger generation in particular. > Live together
>>> We are committed to paying tribute to the Güterbahnhof memorial, which commemorates the Darmstadt Jews and Sinti who were deported from this location between 1942 and 1943, through appropriate care all year round.
>>> The public perception and visibility of the place of remembrance “Liberal Synagogue” must be strengthened. An extension of the opening times still seems to be urgently needed.
>>> We are committed to erecting a contemporary memorial on Ernst-Ludwigs-Platz to commemorate the night of the fire, the most terrible hour in Darmstadt's history.
>>> Now that the artistic competition for a memorial to commemorate the victims of Section 175 has been successfully completed, a suitable location is now quickly being sought to realize the project. > Queer Darmstadt
>>> A suitable location was determined for a documentation center for the persecution of the Sinti & Roma, so that the center can now be implemented in the near future.
>>> We advocate a reappraisal of the history of the bodyguard memorial at the castle moat. We support the city's initiative to set up a research grant with the help of Sparkasse Darmstadt.
5.2. Dealing with the German colonial past and restitution cases in
In recent years, important works of art that were stolen from Jewish property during National Socialism have repeatedly been identified in German museums, including in the municipal art collection. It is time to give these works back to the descendants of the former owners. In order to scientifically research corresponding restitutions and to check our own holdings for their provenance, we are committed to establishing a permanent research center at the Mathildenhöhe Institute.
In recent times, the coming to terms with the German colonial past and the associated racist tradition in Germany has moved into the center of the political debate. We want to examine carefully for Darmstadt whether there are any concrete entanglements in the crimes against humanity committed in the colonies. We welcome the fact that the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art has made funding available to the Hessian State Museum to investigate the colonial background of the procurement of
To examine collectibles.
5.3. Mathildenhöhe: becoming a world heritage
The Mathildenhöhe is considered an outstanding ensemble at the transition from the 19th to the 20th century. But it is much more than a collection of fascinating historical buildings. It embodies the spirit of awakening and modernity, which started here several times. It is based on the idea of further developing Darmstadt in terms of urban planning, aesthetics, landscape planning and social issues. This comprehensive world design makes the Mathildenhöhe unique and gives it universal meaning. That is why we support the application for UNESCO World Heritage status. We don't want the Mathildenhöhe
preserve in a museum. Rather, we see the World Heritage process as an opportunity to set new impulses and to make the entire area around Mathildenhöhe lively and sustainable.
As the central identification point of Darmstadt, the Mathildenhöhe is currently undergoing a total renovation in accordance with historical monuments and energy efficiency. The renovation of the exhibition building will be completed in summer 2021. It then has a technical standard comparable to that of international exhibition houses in Paris, London, Berlin or Frankfurt.
The Künstlerhaus Deiters has already been completely renovated. The repairs to the Olbrich House and the Großer Glückert House are in progress. This enabled the German Academy for Language and Poetry to be kept at Mathildenhöhe and strengthened Darmstadt's reputation as a city of literature. As part of the reorganization, the PEN Center Germany will also move to Mathildenhöhe.
The visitor center for the Mathildenhöhe is in the planning stage. The plane tree grove can be saved by installing a sprinkler system, underground substrate trenches and ventilation pipes. Numerous sculptures have also been restored in the meantime.
With the application process for the World Heritage title, we accepted responsibility for the cultural and historical heritage. We are thus meeting the UNESCO requirements for a sustainable management plan.
>>> After the contract has been awarded, we want to make every effort to secure the World Heritage status in the long term and to fulfill our responsibility to both the city and the world.
>>> The construction of the visitor center offers new opportunities to convey the meaning of the Mathildenhöhe and the ideas on which it is based. We want to ensure that the student cultural projects that have arisen on the eastern slope can be continued at another location.
>>> In the future, a design museum with an interactive communication structure should preserve the various design collections within the city and bring them together in one large building. The basis could be the collections of the Institute for New Technical Form (INTeF) and the Werkbund. The eastern slope of the Mathildenhöhe is particularly suitable as a location.
>>> The history of Mathildenhöhe has shown that the transitions between art and creative industries are fluid. We want to strengthen public awareness of the creative industry and, in this context, are campaigning for the application as World Design Capital (WDC) in cooperation with the city and region of FrankfurtRheinMain under the leadership of the Werkbundakademie.
5.4. Revitalize the artists' colony in Ludwig-Engel-Weg
In Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1, the association “Culture of a Digital City” has created a lively art and experience space. We would like to take up this development and revitalize the artist colony in the sense of the New Artist Colony of the 1950s / 60s at the Rosenhöhe.
>>> We are committed to launching an excellence program comparable to the Stuttgart Akademie Schloss Solitude or the Berlin Künstlerhaus Bethanien in order to promote contemporary art and to network contemporary cultural workers even more closely.
5.5. New construction of an art depot
Darmstadt has an extensive municipal art collection. For reasons of space, it is stored largely invisible to the public in depots outside the city. Large parts of the holdings of the City Archives, the internationally unique Jazz Institute and the International Music Institute are currently relocated and scattered across the city due to a lack of space.
>>> We are committed to bundling the archives of these four important cultural institutions under one roof. This central art depot and cultural archive on Mainzer Straße is to be built in a climate-friendly manner and has sufficient archive space, a display warehouse suitable for conservation purposes for the art holdings and public areas for the public. Another cultural focus is set in the context of the social city Pa * Mo.
>>> The collection of the Kunstarchiv association could also be integrated in perspective in order to improve the spatial and personal situation of this important memory of the visual arts in Darmstadt.
>>> We are also committed to ensuring that sufficient funds are available to continue the city's art collection progressively.
6. Secure and expand cultural diversity
Cultural diversity is particularly important to us GREENS. Identification points can only be created for all people in the city with many different creative impulses. The following institutes, initiatives and groups ensure cultural diversity in Darmstadt:
- the independent cultural scene with its numerous groups in the Mollerhaus theater, the Bessunger Knabenschule, the Hoffart Theater as well as the Neue Bühne Darmstadt, the Kikeriki Theater, the project Jugend und Theater e.V.
- the Darmstadt State Theater
- the central station
- the golden crown
- the Mathildenhöhe Institute, the Kunsthalle, the Hessian State Museum, the Bioversum
- the Darmstadt Secession, the art forum of the TU Darmstadt, the Association of Visual Artists Darmstadt (BBK), the Atelierhaus, the actors in the creative quarter Pa * Mo, the Institute for New Technical Form (INTeF)
- the branch association Kreative Darmstadt e.V.
- the Porzellanschlösschen, the city museum at the Hinkelsturm, the castle museum, the museum Jagdschloss Kranichstein
- the private galleries
- the Academy for Tonkunst, the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) with the International Summer Courses for New Music, the Institute for New Music and Music Education (INMM), the Jazz Institute with the lively jazz scene and jazz conceptions, the Darmstadt Concert Choir, the Bessunger Jagdhofkeller
- the German Academy for Language and Poetry with the Georg Büchner Prize, the PEN Center Germany
- the literary house, which gives a large number of different societies and institutions a permanent place under its roof
- the Hessian State Archives, the city archives
- the German Poland Institute
- the filmmakers
- the Darmstadt days of photography
- the International Forest Art Trail with the Forest Art Center
- the street theater festival Just for Fun and the diving platform festival
- the poetry and science slam formats
- the libraries and libraries
- the cabaret artists and cabaret theaters such as the Halbneun Theater and the Theater im Pädagog (TIP)
- das Blumen e.V., THIS study, Earl Street, Zucker, the association "Culture of a Digital City"
- the diverse Darmstadt music scene such as the Jazzclub Darmstadt e.V. in the octagonal house, the association for the promotion of contemporary jazz in Darmstadt e. V., the Darmstadt Baroque Soloists and many more
- as well as the many individual cultural workers.
In addition to reliable funding practice, we have campaigned for the modernization of existing cultural institutions.New cultural locations have been developed in order to secure and expand the diversity of artistic life in Darmstadt. In addition to the aforementioned energetic renovation of the Mathildenhöhe and the Mollerhaus, the art gallery and the Bessunger boys' school were repaired, the creative quarter and the forum at Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 were newly created.
Financially, nothing stands in the way of the renovation of the Small House of the State Theater: the city has come to an agreement with the Hessian state government about the apportionment of costs. This means that gaming operations are also sustainably secured here.
>>> We are committed to the energetic renovation of other cultural venues, if they have not yet been done.
>>> We are committed to ensuring that Darmstadt's cultural scene continues to have space for artistic developments so that the legacy of modernity can be carried on.
6.1. Bring the German Academy of Performing Arts to Darmstadt
As the seat of the German Academy for Language and Poetry, the PEN Center Germany and the German Literature Fund, as well as the venue for the Georg Büchner Prize Ceremony and the Literary March, Darmstadt enjoys the reputation of being a city of literature. Institutions such as the Literaturhaus as well as the Darmstadt text workshop and reading stage make further contributions to a lively literary scene.
With the new festival "Performing Arts & Digitality" initiated by the German Academy of Performing Arts and held in Darmstadt in autumn 2020, the renowned association has taken up current issues. The science, art and digital city of Darmstadt is the right place to deepen this future-oriented discussion.
>>> We advocate moving the office of the German Academy of Performing Arts from Bensheim to Darmstadt in order to further strengthen Darmstadt's importance as a place of literature.
>>> We are committed to continuing the cooperation with the academy with regard to the festival.
6.2. Convey the appreciation of nature and biodiversity - raise awareness of the history of the earth
In view of the rapidly increasing climate change and the dwindling biodiversity, it is important to us GREENS that the appreciation of the environment and nature is conveyed as early and comprehensively as possible. The Bioversum in Kranichstein makes a decisive contribution here. It also houses the information center of the Bergstrasse-Odenwald Geo-Nature Park, the northernmost point of which is Darmstadt.
>>> The work of the information center is to be more closely integrated into the cultural network of our city than before.
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