Proměny Foundation was established by Karel Komárek towards the end of 2005, and
has enjoyed the support of KKCG group ever since.
The Karel Komárek Proměny Foundation
actively works towards developing and improving the urban environment in the Czech
Republic, and towards a broader awareness and understanding of the importance
of architecture, landscaping, and the quality of one's environment for urban
life. It helps transform specific
sites and thus the way people think, starting with the youngest citizens.
The Foundation envisions a future in which
decent, safe and attractive public space is a natural part of life, and in
which those who shape public space and fill it with purpose and content work
together across a broad platform.
The Foundation provides pinpointed
assistance within the context of three grant schemes: Parks, Playful Garden and Transform
your Town. Projects aimed at the
development of urban space receive financial support and professional advice.
The Parks program focuses on comprehensively planned and premeditated
projects for the conversion of public space into parkland. Through the Playful Garden program, the Foundation draws attention to the
neglected importance of school gardens for children, for their healthy and
well-rounded development, and for their exploration of the world which
surrounds them. Finally, the Transform
Your Town program is devoted to the improvement of urban space by
supporting smaller local initiatives and more isolated ad-hoc changes.
grant schemes are complemented by an educational program whose offer is geared
towards adults and children alike. The
Foundation organizes conferences, excursions, seminars, creative workshops, and
artistic workshops for children, publishes educational material, and operates
the special-interest web portal www.portalpromen.cz. Its projects are designed such that they give
budding creators and students of trade schools and art schools opportunities to
shine. Education and awareness building
are woven into all projects supported by the Foundation, which believes it to
be of key importance what people think of their immediate neighborhood, and
what kind of emotional attachment they have towards it – a relationship which
must be fostered from early childhood.
Achievements and awards
The Foundation and the projects
which it sponsors have received numerous awards. The Playful Garden program received the Eduína 2013 award for innovation in education, and the
international Right to Play Award 2014
for promoting the right of children to play.
The projects which are implemented with the help of the Foundation are
regularly successful in industry contests that give recognition to achievements
in architecture, garden design, and landscaping, and are presented in
prestigious anthologies and at exhibitions.
The Foundation collaborates with a
host of professional associations and industry platforms. Since 2017, it is a member of the International School Grounds Alliance.
More about the Foundation can be
found at www.nadace-promeny.cz