Creative workshops for youths living in the Ostia Ponente neighborhood, a high-risk area in the city of Rome.
THE PROJECT IN DETAIL
To strengthen the technical, creative, relational, cognitive and civic competencies of the beneficiaries; to undertake an artistic regeneration of an urban area returned to collective use with street art and land art; to promote the recognition on the part of the educational community of the rights of minors to active, full and knowledgeable participation in the cultural life of the territory.
51 youths between the ages of 11-15 who live in the Ostia Ponente area in extreme social marginalization .
The project foresees the undertaking of weekly creative workshops in public areas in Ostia Ponente for about 6 months (each once a week for 2 hours), conducted by expert arteducators.
The project is part of a public/private network (scholastic institutions, public cultural entities and the volunteer sector) active for several years now and recognized in a “Territorial Pact”: a community educational pact that recognizes in educational processes the ideal means to create fostering, stimulating and inclusive environments. Affabulazione has been working for more than 20 years integrating artistic activities with educational endeavours, with the aim of building communities with bottom-up and top-down participation and cooperation between informal stakeholders and like-minded institutions. In 2022, the urban and land art workshops valorized the “wider courtyard” around the ex-summer camp Vittorio Emanuele, adjacent to the Lido di Ostia Theatre and the Elsa Morante city library, currently used today mostly as a car park. By renovating and reanimating this space, it can become a centre of cultural activity in the area.
In 2023, the aim is to reinforce activities in the Affabulazione socio-cultural centre by offering 4 workshops and launching a new process aimed at the families residing in the public housing. The street art workshop foresees the use of artistic techniques such as aerosol art, stencil, posters and stickers to enable the youths to interact at various levels in the centre and the surrounding territory, carrying out urban interventions and taking back “known” space by transforming it, modifying it and keeping in mind the desires of the individual but also those of the group and the inhabitants of the quarter. The rap workshop aims at the collective creation of a rap song to be recorded and performed. The recycling and creation workshop starts with materials (wood, metals, paper, leather, waste) to create works closely involving the inhabitants and tied to identity, needs and desires. In the breakdance workshop, youths will work on themselves and with each other to create choreographies to perform for the public in a show of breakdance battles, during which they will discover the value of healthy and constructive competition and learn how to value and respect their adversaries
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