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Art-Connection in Italy

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Istituto Luigi Sturzo is a cultural foundation, pioneering the opening of Italian cultural heritage to the general public

Istituto Luigi Sturzo (ILS)

Istituto Luigi Sturzo is an Italian cultural foundation specialized in the cultural and heritage sectors. Founded in 1951, the foundation is one of the first Italian institutions which worked to open the country’s cultural heritage to the general public. Today, ILS  conducts interdisciplinary research related to culture to meet the challenges of citizenship, globalization and European integration.


Role in the Art-Connection project

The Luigi Sturzo Institute is leading on the 1st deliverable (baseline study) and is contributing to the production of all deliverables of the project; ILS is conducting its own action research in Italy and is also in charge of organizing the first dissemination event to be held in Rome.

Project Referent: Loredana Teodorescu, PhD, Head of European and International Affairs

ILS action research

The proposed action research aims to implement an explorative-descriptive study to demonstrate how culture and art can be instruments of social cohesion and, more specifically, be explored within the intergenerational dialogue to facilitate the learning and self-learning processes and the implementation of competences at a wider range.

For this purpose, two themes have been identified on which it is possible to focus action research using and enhancing the immense bibliographic, historical, and visual heritage of Luigi Sturzo Institute: leadership and European integration. Strategic issues for the context, identified in the city of Rome.

The main objective is in fact to carry out an action research capable of verifying and validating the inspiring assumptions of the EU community project, of experimenting new learning and self-learning techniques through creative research tools (visual, artistic, performative investigation) and digital procedures such as video and image editing, collection of visual stories. The project also aims to develop a research model that can be replicated in other contexts or at various levels.

Field research aims to involve three types of subjects:

  • young people: about fifteen young volunteers involved in the Civil Service applied to the cultural sector in Rome (at Istituto Luigi Sturzo and other cultural institutes) who will develop the research project;
  • the trainers who will support the young volunteers in the main stages of research through mentoring techniques together with the staff of the Sturzo Istitute;
  • the local community.

Focus on the Art-Connection baseline study (1st deliverable)

Objective: provide insight into the impact of culture on the development of individual and collective skills

The expected product is a study, based on a review of literature and on innovative educational practices, already experienced by the four partners of the Art-Connection project, allowing to understand the impact of culture, in a systemic (or holistic) way, acting on a creative process of development of the capacity of individuals to act.

In particular it will be identified, experimentations, technologies and pedagogical practices developed around digital storytelling, digital badges, mentoring, street social work and the pedagogic approach based on accompanied self-training.

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