National Workshops > Italy

The workshop was held in San Marco dei Cavoti, Italy on the 27th March 2009, by IBIMET

The Italian CULT RURAL National Workshop was organised by IBIMET and held in San Marco dei Cavoti, the village where the thematic exhibition was located. The event was held at the premises of the Lee Iacocca Foundation, the local associated partner. The workshop aimed at involving museums (at national level) and other cultural operators (at the local level) in the conceptual development of the thematic exhibition and of the other project activities. Another relevant aim was to encourage museums to contribute to the joint transnational exhibitions through exhibits. Dissemination was realized in two steps. In a first stage, information about the project and the workshop was circulated at national level to rural museums, associations, NGOs, local bodies. This circulation was made to inform a wide audience about the project activity and to recruit interested partners. In a second stage, after recruiting cultural operators interested in joining the workshop, Agenda and invitations were detailed and circulated again, also to media and authorities. Information, downloadable materials and links were put on the IBIMET website and highlighted on other websites (i.e. CILEA/PLINIO website, a thematic page of the Italian Ministry of Education and Research).

The workshop, entitled “Landscape stories”, involved twelve speakers: two local authorities, two project co-organizers staff and eight experts. Two experts couldn’t attend the event, but contributed later to other project activities such as the thematic exhibition guide texts. Speaker who attended the workshop represented different institutions working at national level on the topic of Landscape: the Cultural Heritage Department of the National Research Council, the rural museum “Storia della Mezzadria ‘Anselmi’ di Senigallia”, the Association “Centro Studi USINe” of Vittorio Veneto, the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, the “Transhumance museum” of Villetta Barrea, the Benevento Province Architects Association.

Presentations included:

  • Antonio Raschi, project manager for Ibimet, gave indications concerning CULT RURAL project and the aims workshop· Roberto Reali, researcher at the Cultural Heritage Department of National Research Council, contributed to the workshop with a presentation on “Valorizatation of cultural landscapes: the case study of Matera”.
  • Ada Antonietti, director of the rural heritage museum “Museo della Mezzadria di Senigallia”, showed the activities carried out in the museum to conserve and promote rural heritage and its links with rural landscape.
  • Claudio Bertorelli and Maria Rosa Russo, both architects and academic researcher, presented the results of a research focussing on water rural landscapes in Veneto Region.· Mariapia Graziani, curator of the “Transhumance Museum”, described the activities of rural animation and knowledge dissemination carried out by her museum in the perspective of a friendly interaction of man with landscape and territory. She contributed later also to the installation of the thematic exhibition and to the thematic research.
  • Danilo Marandola, member of IBIMET staff for the CUL RURAL project, closed the workshop presenting the layout of the thematic exhibition planned to be installed in San Marco dei Cavoti in July2009.

After the workshop, speakers and participants were guided to the Tower Clock’s museum building to visit the exhibition venue and to discuss about technical aspects concerning the exhibition. The workshop involved 12 speakers and an audience of about 50 people. Audience was represented by two groups of students (about 30 pupils) from a local secondary high school (Classical Lyceum of San Marco dei Cavoti). Cultural landscapes and rural culture, actually, represent an important topic in their school curriculum. Audience was represented also by professionals, citizens, and teachers. Among participants, there was also a group of adults involved in a life-long training course promoted by a primary school of the territory.