In the course of a process that has lasted several years, the 168 Territorio "Art Workshop" at Neuruppin has become the most integrated part of the development of the neighbourhood. Art is measured against the inhabitants and is performed together with them. The inhabitants of the disadvantaged social classes are starting to shape the environment and space around them and they are experiencing the importance of their role. What this report by the artist Rupprecht Matthies indicates is that art is not only able to eliminate social problems but that it can also show the ways in which people can manage to act independently. Art is a medium which shows long term strategies and leads to results that are close to people. If art in public spaces is therefore considered not just as entertainment for the inhabitants but also as a form of community life,then art itself must communicate and interact with people.
Keywords: Neuruppin; Soziale Stadt; public art.