Our way – open, discursive, sustainable

City planners, architects, sociologists, event managers – they have all tried to cope with the Ruhr Area. Many issues about this unique region were discovered, but there are still blank spaces and unknown potentials. Urbane Künste Ruhr transforms the perspective with the help of art, always closely cooperating with the people living here. The program of Urbane Künste Ruhr pursuits the claim for sustainability of the European Capital of Cultur RUHR.2010. Therefore, we continue projects like the EMSCHERKUNST and ÜBER WASSER GEHEN that proved their international standard already in 2010. The same accounts for our regular cooperation with the Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts in the cultural metropolis Ruhr. With the Mobile Labs, we zoom into the core of the region's urbanity. Artists explore the local structures in a long-term fashion and develop projects together with the people marking interventions in the urban environments and initiating development processes. 

A further important element of our work is about discovering and developing artistic potentials that are already provided by the region. Urbane Künste Ruhr focusses on light art, publicly presents its agenda in discursive events and supports the exchange and development of networks between the protagonists of the Ruhr Area – like the KunstVereineRuhr, RuhrKunstMuseen, etc.  

At the same time, Urbane Künste Ruhr is accompanied by scientists. Science teams of various universities and disciplines focus on single projects by Urbane Künste Ruhr and evaluate the whole program.