Dear Residents of Pritzwalk,
As artists, we often invite people to attend our exhibitions. This time we want to invite you to create your own exhibition – and transform your town in the process. We want to work together with you to create an impressive portrait of Pritzwalk, one that shows both its inhabitants and those well beyond its boundaries how lively and creative this place is.
Art does not provide magical solutions and we are not offering a panacea for all of Pritzwalk’s problems. But we believe that even a town whose population is in decline and whose young people are moving away possesses, besides the usual fears and doubts, deep reserves of imagination and optimism. If the people of Pritzwalk stick together they can revitalize their community. The portrait of Pritzwalk is designed to bring this creative energy to the fore.
It’s crucial that the people of this town, and not some external political or economic committee, shape the vision of who they are and how they want to be seen. Our plan is to use seven vacant storefronts in the town center to showcase Pritzwalk’s diversity, and show just how much residents have to say when given a voice. We want to demonstrate that if people come together they can repopulate Pritzwalk’s old core and ensure its future.
What you can do? Fill out the questionnaire on the back and tell us how the seven vacant storefronts should be used for the duration of the summer. Then drop off the questionnaire at the Café der 7 Künste, located at Markstraße 21, or return it to us by mail. You can also complete the questionnaire online at our website www.7kuenste-pritzwalk.de. You don’t have to be an artist, but your suggestions must be related to one of the seven arts: music, art, film, language, dance, theater, and fashion. Each storefront will be devoted to a single discipline.
Every suggestion, every impulse, helps. We are not a jury and we do not award points. This is about creating a self-portrait of your town. The Seven Arts of Pritzwalk project will be as new to us as it is to you.
So let’s get started. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and send many warm greetings.” Open letter from Clegg & Guttmann to the people of Pritzwalk