We support the development of the urban environment in the Czech Republic and a broader public awareness of architecture, landscaping, and an environment that is worth living in. We help transform specific sites as well as the minds of people – and we begin with the smallest among us.
million crowns distributed in grant money
children attending our workshops
We help towns and cities restore and rejuvenate their public green space: parks, gardens, squares, and river banks. We extend a helping hand to towns and cities that are aware of the important role played by public space and verdant vegetation in the lives of their inhabitants.
We support changes that have been well thought-out and that are based on dialogue and close cooperation between the municipal government, architects, the local community, and other local partners. We reflect the needs of today’s society while at the same time respecting the unique cultural memory of each site. We find the ideal solution through a competition for architects. Engaging the general public in the design, creation, and use of municipal public space is of key importance.
Petr Mičola, landscape architect
and juror for the Park of the Year contest 2014
“Walking into places that have their tradition and their local spirit and transforming them without causing damage left and right, is a form of high art. The park on the Santos river island in Sušice is balm for the people’s soul in the age of nanotechnology.”
We draw attention to the importance of school gardens for children, for their healthy and well-rounded development, and their ability and willingness to get to know the world around them.
Our point of departure is the legacy of J. A. Komenský and his “School by Play”. We believe that school gardens shape the relationship between the children and the place where they live, and motivate them to play a role in the further development of the latter. In this sense, school gardens have great importance for the future of our towns and cities and for the environment in general. We believe there is great potential in accessible school gardens that provide children with a piece of nature and an inspiring environment on a daily basis. We lend our support to gardens that are both a useful aid to teachers and an accelerator of local community life.
Jitka Přerovská, director
Karel Komárek Proměny Foundation
“By transforming a garden, you bring people together. They get to know each other, and develop a far deeper understanding of one another as they collectively draft, propose, discuss, and create. This will often be the beginning of other projects within the same town or city that bring further improvements.”
Transform your town or city
We know that by taking a multitude of small steps, you contribute to fundamental changes and lift the cultural level of entire urban environments. This is why some of our support goes to smaller, local initiatives.
The issues addressed by individual projects help us drive forward the debate over the significance that a well-designed, healthy, cultured environment has for everyday life, and over the related roles of architecture and participation. We want to offer a fresh look at public space and its possibilities, and support innovative ways in which to develop it. To us, “bottom-up” changes make sense in that they draw attention to troublesome or forgotten corners within an urban environment, review the options for resolving their problems, and intensify the cooperation between public administration, the citizenry, and experts in the various relevant fields.
Bára Týcová, Žižkovský spolek (Club for Žižkov)
“It does make sense. Copenhagen in the mid-1960s didn’t look anything like today, either. For a better town or city, we need to roll up our sleeves and get down to work. As we shape the town or city, the town or city will shape us.”
We pass on all our experience to others and create diverse opportunities for the representatives of towns and cities, schools, the general public, and professionals to meet, exchange, and share.
To us, children are the future creators of public space. We get them involved in the transformation of specific sites from the get-go, and set up workshops in which they find out how architecture and the environment around us impact our lives. We also give budding creators and students of vocational and artistic schools a chance to shine. In addition, we feel it is key to bring everyone involved in the creation and implementation of urban public space together around one table. We create the conditions to foster this exchange, both within and outside the context of the individual projects we sponsor. We organize conferences, excursions, and seminars, offer consultations, and issue methodology papers and guidelines.
“Thank you for igniting the spark of enthusiasm in people and opening their eyes – thank you for the inspiration! You have wonderful ideas; I am deeply grateful that you inform and enlighten others in the interest of our children’s education.”
Recognition and awards
Our work has earned us a garland of awards. The Playful Garden scheme won the Eduína Prize in 2013 for innovative education, as well as an international prize – the Right to Play Award 2014 – for promoting children’s right to play. Project implementations sponsored by the Foundation regularly carry the day at competitions designed to recognize to achievements in architecture and artistic landscaping, and appear in prestigious anthologies and at exhibitions.
We collaborate with a number of associations of professionals and platforms for various fields and disciplines. Since 2017, our Foundation has been a member of the International School Grounds Alliance.
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Zahrada ZŠ a MŠ Koloděje v Praze 9
Zahrada jako cesta do světa - MŠ Arabská v Praze 6 | Nadace Proměny
Zahrada - oáza inspirace v MŠ Na Výšinách v Praze na Letné | Nadace Proměny
Říční ostrov Santos v Sušici - zvonice pro pátera Ferdu | Nadace Proměny
Říční ostrov Santos v Sušici - vodácké schody | Nadace Proměny
Říční ostrov Santos v Sušici - Dům na poslouchání ticha | Nadace Proměny
Říční ostrov Santos v Sušici - centrální paluba s kioskem | Nadace Proměny
Nábřeží řeky Loučné v Litomyšli - zvukovod Had | Nadace Proměny
Nábřeží řeky Loučné v Litomyšli - vzpomínky pamětníků | Nadace Proměny
Logopedická zahrada Don Bosco v Praze-Bohnicích | Nadace Proměny
Konference Městské parky v NTK v Praze | Nadace Proměny
Jiráskovy sady v Litoměřicích | Nadace Proměny
Exkurze pro učitele na zahradě MŠ Třeboradice | Nadace Proměny
Dílna pro školáky o zabydlování města | Nadace Proměny
Dílna Modeluješ při práci s dětmi venku | Nadace Proměny
Podchody na Vltavské a Architekti bez hranic | Nadace Proměny
Jana has been involved in the education of young artists. As an active violinist herself, she strongly perceives the need to eliminate the risk of burnout in young talent. Her project “Integrating Psychosomatic Compensation into the Study of Young Musicians” helps to prevent these situations. These processes are missing in the Czech educational system. Thanks to her research trips to the Meadowmount School of Music, Jana has gained new knowledge that will help her introduce the project’s principles to the education of artists in the Czech Republic.
The Karel Komárek Family Foundation supported Jana in her trip to the Meadowmount School of Music.
Kristýna is a promising talented soprano who has succeeded in being admitted to the prestigious Mannes School of Music in New York. She is the first Czech student to be successfully admitted to the school. The aim of her studies is to not only artistically grow and extend her singing practice, but also to improve her language skills and broaden her musical horizons thanks to the school’s international group of students. As part of the program, Kristýna will be involved in opera productions and has become acquainted with important musical personalities within the Master’s classes.
The foundation is supporting Kristýna with a contribution to cover the costs of her stay during her studies.
Daniela Šteruská – MEDA
Daniela Šteruská is the author of the screenplay and producer of the theater performance MEDA. The play is a cross-section of the life of the arts patron and philanthropist Meda Mládková and was written based on the theme of Ondřej Kundry’s book “My Amazing Life”. The theatre play pays tribute to Ms. Meda’s art achievements and is a dignified celebration of her 100th birthday.
The Foundation supported the realization of the theater play by a foundation contribution to cover production costs.
Art & Jardins – Hauts-de-France
The Foundation supported the French organization Art & Jardins – Hauts-de-France in order to support the opening of the architectural competition and the subsequent construction of the Czech and Slovak Peace Garden project. The “Jardins de la Paix” project pays tribute to soldiers who died during the World War I in France. The authors of the Czech and Slovak Garden are Lenka Dřevjaná, Zuzana Němečková and Miroslava Staneková.
The Czech Philharmonic under the leadership of its new chief conductor Semyon Bychkov will be performing abroad on its so far most extensive international tour in the autumn of 2018. The first Czech orchestra will perform from October to November 2018 in London, in the United States and in Vienna. The repertoire includes works by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Gustav Mahler or Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The Foundation supported the tour of the Czech Philharmonic by contributing to the promotion of Czech art and the work of Czech masters abroad.
Pianist Tomáš Kačo, born the fourth in a family of twelve children, has come a long way from very humble beginnings in Nový Jičín: he now holds a diploma from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. A milestone in his career, and a dream come true, was his solo concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in February 2018, entitled “Gypsy Soul”.
The Foundation supported Tomáš with a financial donation towards rent of the concert hall and a live recording of his soirée.
Opři se (We Got Your Back) – Tadeáš Žak
Tadeáš Žak is enrolled in academic high school in Kladno. He is also a talented singer, honing his craft with Linda Finková. In 2018, Tadeáš decided to study English at the Education First language school in San Diego, seeking to perfect his English as well as to find the right environment for song-writing, hoping to create a few songs that one day will be heard by people around the world.
The Foundation made a donation to Tadeáš towards the expenses of his language course and stay in the United States.
At some point during their studies at academic high school in Kadaň, Jakub Jan Fiala and Ondřej Kočan decided that their standard-issue course material did not fit their needs. They decided to change the sad state of affairs by authoring their own English-language textbook – Improve Yourself. In other words, they embarked on a long journey that would take them to the limits of what your average high school student might hope to accomplish. And they prevailed.
The Foundation awarded a grant to Jakub and Ondřej in 2018 that made it possible for them to further develop their project. In June 2018, they published their very own English textbook for autodidacts.
The Zip Zap Circus
The Zip Zap Circus is a “social circus” project founded in Cape Town (South Africa) in 1992. It seeks to inspire children and young people and help establish a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. The founders, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, have been working with a great diversity of child communities from every corner of the country and instilled in them a desire to dream, and the courage to fulfill those dreams.
In the spring of 2018, the Zip Zap Circus received a donation from the Foundation.
Prague Junior Note
This one-of-a-kind music competition for children looks back on more than twenty years of existence, during which more than 4,000 young musicians aged 5 to 15 have signed up to show their prowess. Since 2008, Prague Junior Note has been strictly a piano playing competition.
The high level of competition is guaranteed by an international jury headed by professor Ivan Klánský, a leading Czech pianist and pedagogue, a seasoned organizational team, and the inspiring premises of the Martinů concert hall at the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague. The competition brings great joy to listeners and teachers and above all is a huge source of inspiration for budding artists, boosting their motivation to continue with their daily practice and rehearsal.