The mission of “ARTES” between craftmanship and social commitment

The Asso­cia­tion ARTES APS was foun­ded in 2014 by a group of arti­sans and a web­ma­ster, with the intent to crea­te a refe­ren­ce net­work in order to pro­mo­te arti­stic and tra­di­tio­nal han­di­craft, to com­pa­re know-how and desi­gn, to sup­port the pri­va­te and the public sec­tor in reco­ve­ry and valo­ri­za­tion of the arti­stic asse­ts and their cul­tu­ral value.

Sin­ce the very begin­ning valo­ri­za­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­jec­ts, part­ne­ring with the Insti­tu­tions, have been imple­men­ted: fir­st of all, the pho­to­gra­phy exhi­bi­tion dedi­ca­ted to the arti­sans at work and named “Arti­gia­na­To”, that was sta­ged at the main floor of the Tow­n­hall facing Sala degli Stem­mi. Then ARTES has sup­por­ted the city admi­ni­stra­tion in the rede­ve­lo­p­ment and resto­ra­tion pro­ject of the air raid shel­ter at the base­ment of the Tow­n­hall: a work pre­sen­ted by the Asso­cia­tion to the com­mu­ni­ty toge­ther with a path illu­stra­ti­ve of the sub­se­quent reno­va­tion steps, still inclu­ded in the tour.

In the fol­lo­wing years a paral­lel work­stream was dedi­ca­ted to young emer­ging artists, throu­gh the orga­ni­za­tion of a year­ly art show hosted in more and more reno­w­ned loca­tions, an oppor­tu­ni­ty for seve­ral artists to intro­du­ce them­sel­ves to the world of con­tem­po­ra­ry art. The most outstan­ding is Pier Tan­cre­di De-Coll, who “spread his wings” at the fir­st edi­tion and now exhi­bi­ts his works at natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal even­ts, rewar­ding with a fee­ling of pri­de the Asso­cia­tion and the orga­ni­zing team.

Within our social mis­sion, always on volun­tee­ring bases, we have also enga­ged in some other actions in favor of the com­mu­ni­ty, like resto­ring the Voti­ve Altar in the Park of Remem­bran­ce and the Alber­to Asca­ri memo­rial site. 

Pro­jec­ts keep on flo­wing. Now in pro­gress the­re are: a pro­ject in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­si­ty and the regio­nal admi­ni­stra­tion inten­ded to deve­lop a research and pro­mo­te the anth­ro­po­lo­gi­cal and cul­tu­ral worth of the han­di­craft on the ter­ri­to­ries, a pro­ject to pro­mo­te han­di­craft in the secon­da­ry school as an alter­na­ti­ve to con­ven­tio­nal study/work paths, a pro­ject to pro­mo­te a tour of the work­shops con­nec­ted to the visit at some Museums (Vil­la del­la Regi­na and Fon­da­zio­ne Accorsi/Ometto), tasting of  typi­cal pro­duc­ts and gui­ded tours in unu­sual venues of the city.

In addi­tion to all this, let’s not for­get the never-ending com­mit­ment in sha­ring infor­ma­tion and kno­w­led­ge among the mem­bers of the Asso­cia­tion, that inclu­des now also a num­ber of desi­gn pro­fes­sio­nals, the will to orga­ni­ze natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal even­ts and the con­ti­nuous que­st for new ways to highlight a manual skill some­how mistrea­ted in the “age of thought”, but which is the foun­da­tion on the col­lec­ti­ve taste and of the ter­ri­to­ries true values.