The Foundation

Fondazione Alta Mane Italia (AMI) was established by Fondation Alta Mane Ginevra (AMG) in 2010 and started operating in Italy the following June, after obtaining legal recognition from the Rome Prefecture in April 2011 and being listed in the Registry of Legal Entities.

The Foundation’s main objective is to support “projects aimed at improving the conditions or health of people, individuals or groups of individuals, as well as youth, living in situations of serious crisis, extreme social difficulty or psycho-social suffering, supporting their development and social, physical, recreational, emotional and psychological wellbeing, particularly through experiences and initiatives linked to Art and its applications in the social and medical sphere” (article 2.1 of the Statutes).

Since 2011 AMI has progressively extended its sphere of action on behalf of the most vulnerable children and young people, forging a fruitful dialogue with its partners operating in different contexts (hospitals, youth centres, juvenile prisons, rehabilitation centres or therapeutic communities, disadvantaged rural areas, deprived metropolitan or outlying urban areas). The Foundation’s partners are mostly associations, social cooperatives or NGOs working to support the most marginalized young people, or those who are suffering from serious illness, through artistic initiatives and workshops.

The name of the Foundation

The Foundation derives its name from verse 353 of Consolatio ad Liviam Augusta de morte Drusi filli eius qui in Germania de morbo periit, an elegy written by the poet Publius Ovidius Naso (44 BC – 18 AD) for Livia Drusilla, wife of Augustus, on the occasion of the premature death of her son, Druso Maggiore, in 9 BC.

ALTA MANE supraque tuos exurge dolores
in fragilemque animum, quod potes, usque tene.

ALTA MANE: Stay up! Raise above your pain
and support your weak mind while you can.

Summary of activities 2011 – 2016

In five years of activity AMI has:

  • made possible over 80 annual workshops in the Social Inclusion sector and over 40 annual workshops in therapeutic contexts

  • supported 51 organisations, of which 33 in Italy and 18 abroad

  • involved 8 hospitals in Italy and 1 abroad

  • managed on average approximately 35 projects per year

  • operated not just in Italy but also in 15 foreign countries in partnership with AMG (of which 6 in Africa, 6 in Central/South America, 2 in the EU, 1 in East Asia)

  • involved thousands of direct beneficiaries each year (8.656 – in addition to an estimated 7.000 in Ethiopia)

  • engineered the meeting of 180 people during exchange programmes

  • involved audiences in 40 Italian cities and 31 cities abroad

  • produced 9 videos

  • supported 3 conferences in Milan, Turin and Naples and 3 book pubblications in Italy and 3 abroad