A City for All
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“Beauty will save the world” wrote Fëdor Dostoevskij in his famous book The Idiot. Beauty is something that can be parsed in a thousand ways, and if Dostoevsky was talking about a doctrine of beauty, the "experience of beauty”, I like to think - to paraphrase Giorgio Gaber - that very often, beauty “is participation”. I believe that concepts like participation in and the experience of beauty are fundamental elements of a society which aims to be inclusive, of a city which wants to be "for all’. They are fundamental because first of all, art and culture have the power to eliminate barriers, to unite people and different social classes; culture is an integral part of a city because it tells of centuries of history, customs and families, and so this is why it is also extraordinarily important in a process of enrichment and growth in the awareness of its citizens. Awareness is the third fundamental concept for a city that wants to be "for all", because it must be aware of what it is and what surrounds it, the context and the territory in which each of us lives; it is the track along which “the splendour of truth” moves, to use a concept dear to Plato. The city is "for all" if it recognises, acts and develops in equal measure, not only the traditional functions (economic, social, political and services), but also an educational function, in the sense that it assumes an intention and a responsibility towards the formation, the promotion and the development of every single one of its inhabitants, starting with its children and young people.
The reasons which give legitimacy to this new function must be sought in motives of social, economic and political order, but also in cultural and pedagogical motives. So this is the great challenge; the “investment” must be in education, in people, in every single citizen, so that all individuals can better express-affirm-develop their human potential, made of individualism (construction, creativity, responsability) and a sense of community (for the importance that dialogue has in everybody’s everyday life, solidarity). Education therefore becomes a ‘lighthouse’ for creating a City for All, because, as Malala Yousafzai says “a child, a teacher, a book and a pen can change the world”.
Scritto da Maria Irene Messina, marzo 2021
April 15, 2021
April 8, 2021
C.I.A.O. - Intercultural Center for Assistance and Orientation, created in Siracusa in the Borgata quarter, is an intercultural meeting-place designed mainly with young migrants who live here in mind, but open to all.
March 25, 2021
Sicilia Turismo per Tutti works hard all across the region of Sicily to develop the concept of transparent accessibility applied to tourist facilities and cultural heritage.
February 22, 2021
The Corrado Basile Papyrus Museum has dedicated its activities to the community with passion and has become a reference point in the world for its scientific research and teaching laboratories which bring visitors closer to ancient techniques and cultures of the past.
February 19, 2021
The Centro Internazionale di Studi sul Barocco in collaboration with the University of Catania has developed a NEPTIS project for the Val di Noto to develop an app which aims to tell stories that will reveal the magic of places and arouse the curiosity of travellers whether real or virtual.
February 14, 2021
It is absolutely necessary that every city should commit itself to promoting the ideal conditions for learning and permanent education for all people in formal, informal and non-formal contexts, for a lifetime.
February 3, 2021
Thanks to the vision and enthusiasm of Prof. Antonino Vittorio, in 2009 the Tecnoparco Archimede opened to the public, dedicated to science, culture and the history of the great genius of Siracusa, Archimedes.
January 22, 2021
Who says that theatre is not for young people? Exedra ARTS is dedicated to the development and promotion of theatrical activities, with a mission to remodel theatrical language to make it accessible to younger generations.