The Agosto Foundation supports a wide range of projects focusing on the development of innovative social and cultural programs that promote interdisciplinary sharing.

 

Particular attention is paid to innovative and experimental approaches that work across disciplines, especially those that include an educational aspect. Through its grants, the Foundation supports individuals and groups who are committed to personal and social development and who face artistic challenges inherent in social change.

In 2014, Foundation founder Cynthia Plachá, together with other curators from an array of genres, mounted the international festival vs. Interpretation, centered on musical improvisation, but overlapping into film, movement and the fine arts. The festival sought to make use of various expressive means and situations, which took the form of performances, audiovisual installations, site-specific works, and interventions in the public space, employing the full panoply of genres and tools available. Part of the festival took shape as an interdisciplinary symposium and the subsequent publication of the book vs. Interpretation: An Anthology on Improvisation, Vol. 1. The second year of the festival took place in 2016, emphasizing, as in the first, the connection of the local experimental art scene to a broader international context.

Currently, the Foundation supports smaller projects, focusing on improvised music, sound art and in particular, environmental issues. Throughout the year, the Foundation hosts artists, theoreticians and curators from abroad as participants in its artist residency program. With its Perpedes grant program, the Foundation supports artistic initiatives away from the urban centers, and also manages and maintains its extensive online project collections in its Mediatéka. Rather than presenting works of art closed off from the public, the Foundation centers on process-based and collaborative forms which seek to change social and cultural environments.


Significant Milestones

2013

  • The Foundation is founded by Cynthia and Tomáš Plachý.

2014

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2020


We thank all individuals and institutions who have worked with us in the past in the realization and support of our projects, including: National Technical Museum, Center for Architectural Patrimony Plasy, National Heritage Institute in Plzeň, Faculty of Arts and Design at the University Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, HISVoice, Academy of Music Prague, Studio ALTA, Alfred ve dvoře Theatre, National Gallery at the Trade Fair Palace, HAMU, Institute of Intermedia – FEL ČVUT, Center and Foundation for Contemporary Art Prague, Old Waste Water Treatment Plant in Bubeneč, INI Gallery, Školská 28 Gallery, Goethe Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague, Slovak Institute Prague, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Embassy of the Netherlands, Harvestworks New York, Multiplace, Prague City Gallery.

Over the years, some programs and projects of the Foundation were made possible through the financial support of the private resources of its founders, gifts from the commercial enterprise Safichem Assets, a.s., from public subsidies (Czech Ministry of Culture, City of Prague District 1, City of Prague District 7, Region of Plzeň, Foundation for Contemporary Art, et al.), as well as private donors. All are warmly thanked. You, too can offer your support of our efforts through your donation to darujme.cz or by making a donation directly to our account.


The Foundation in the Media

Agosto Foundation Statutory Board

Chairwoman
Cynthia Plachá

Vice Chairman
Tomáš Plachý

Board Member
Jan Mengler

Controller
BODIE s.r.o.