Granted the EDEN AWARD 2011 (European Destination of Excellence) for sustainable urban development, the small medieval town Gmünd in Kärnten is focusing on art and culture for the last 25 years. Its beautiful location between two impressive national parks, the national park “Hohe Tauern” and the biosphere park “Nockberge” and the exemplarily preserved medieval town architecture are offering excellent conditions for a large variety of cultural events: Artists-in-residences, numerous galleries, exhibitions, museums, sculpture gardens and artists´ workshops are presenting art and culture for every age and every taste. Focusing on contemporary fine art and crafts Gmünd succeeded within the last 25 years to become one of the most vivid and worth living small cities in Austria.
Dr. Erika Schuster
As CEO of the Kulturinitiative Gmünd I am responible for the development of the city of Gmünd to a wellknown artists´ town in Austria within the last 20 years.