German and Ukranian stonemasons hard at work in the old town of Lviv, Ukraine
19 July, 2017:
Led by expert stonemason and sculptor Dirk Brüggemann-Bulgakow, young German and Ukrainian stonemasons began restoration work on the facade of a historic building in the old town of Lviv, Ukraine this week. This type of project was conducted very successfully in previous years. The building is centrally located and public interest is high. In addition to learning modern restoration techniques and craftsmanship skills, the young stonemasons are also getting to know the city, the country and the residents. Collaborating on what is their joint cultural heritage, especially at the intersection of art and craftsmanship, is particularly enriching for the development of the participants both as young adults and as craftsmen. This project is organized by Dr. Lydia Thorn Wickert and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.
“Friendly Monsters” in Georgia – A colorful new playground and outdoor community space opens in Bolnisi, Georgia
14 July, 2017:
A newly opened playground and outdoor community space in the city of Bolnisi in Georgia combines the best aspects of art, craftsmanship, vocational training and volunteer work. Here, Joerg Schulze worked with unemployed youth to create a wooden structure that benefits the local community. Most of the design and construction work was done by the adolescents. During the project, they learned woodworking basics, machine handling and the value of teamwork. The Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung initiated the project to support these young people during a difficult phase of their lives in the context of the year of Georgian-German friendship. This project is supported by the German Foreign Ministry and the city of Bolnisi.
Prizes and Awards
Jacob Grimm Award presented to Norbert Lammert
1 June, 2017:
The award recipients of the German Language Culture Award 2017 have been named. Information about Norbert Lammert and the other award recipients is availablehere (in German).
New perspectives for carvers – launching a stonemason training program in Lviv
22 May, 2017:
The Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung and the Iwan Trush College of Decorative and Applied Art have signed a partnership agreement in Lviv. Together, they plan to launch a technical training program with a focus on restoration stonemasonry work in the city. In working with stone, the college currently focuses on carving and has a strong artistic orientation. The tremendous need for restoration in Lviv, given the innumerable architectural treasures found in just the facaded in the old town, requires more extensive technical skills and expertise in modern restauration techniques, however. Therefore, the current training program will be expanded and enhanced with these components.
Prizes and Awards
New in our development program: The award for talented young precast concrete parts workers
6 March, 2017:
During the evening event of the 61st annual BetonTage (“Cement Days”) event, the best Precast Concrete Parts Worker apprentices for the first time received an award co-sponsored by the Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung. The concrete industry’s vocational promotion center BFF (Berufsförderungswerk für die Beton- und Fertigteilhersteller e.V.) in Ostfildern awarded the prize to three young men who completed their vocational training with distinction. The BBF has more information at