Training through the experience of art within the company context is an expanding sector as regards the functions fulfilled by the Education Department.
The collaboration with UniCredit Group, former partner of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, and with Unimanagement on Turin, a centre for the development of leadership, is particularly significant.
In the field of managerial team building, there are various activities offered: a group of people working together to attain a shared objective. Starting with the principle of Working with the hands to move the mind, the conditions are put in place for the realisation of collective articles, introducing elements of knowledge of contemporary art at the same time. The common projects first implemented in 2005, with Enel, Auchan and CiAl Consorzio Imballaggi Alluminio, for the realisation of company training programmes continues, with the addition of the collaborations with Leroy Merlin, Nikon Italia, MARNI.
The Education Department’s training project pays particular attention to training for new specific new professional skills forming part of the artistic and cultural system within the network of Italian museums.
In this sense, a number of collaborative actions have been organised with universities and fine arts academies throughout Italy; over the years, courses, specialised Master’s courses, international study days and conferences have been held. In 2012, the new Master’s for First-level Educational Management for contemporary art was launched, organised with the Chair in the History of Contemporary Art at the University of Eastern Piedmont, the Enaip Piemonte CSF in Turin and Associazionedidee, with the support of the Piedmont Region (Higher Education Training Directive, Regional Tender 2011-12): a major new cultural tool arising from the collaboration between promoters, museums, foundations and research centre operating on the territory. The theoretical/practical course defines the profiles of skills needed for organising, administrating and planning educational activities in museums and cultural institutions in the public and private sectors. In order to initiate a national debate concerning the educational function of the museum and the training of the associated skills in universities and academies, the Education Department has launched the “Edu©arte Musei e beni culturali” work group. The education function: training, research, professionalism: a meeting place for museums, cultural institutions and the world of learning. Among the bodies participating in the Edu©arte project is the Accademia di Belle Arti of Urbino, with which a collaboration lasting several years has been set up for the sharing and distribution of studies, research and best practice. In 2008, this collaboration was given official standing with the signing of the first Agreement Protocol which led to the new specialised course in Art Communication and Teaching, organised in collaboration with the Education Department. The new culture of the museum and cultural assets is thus translated into training programmes within an academic setting.
Of particular significance too is the collaboration with the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna’s Department of Art Communication and Teaching; the Education Department has launched targeted programmes of both academies. In 2010 in particular, students were able to attend a training programme dedicated to them concerning the “zonarte” and “Italiæ” projects and then take an active part in holding activities and events in Turin,and throughout the country in the case of “Italiæ”. This marked a precious opportunity to face the challenges on a personal basis for those embarking on museum careers in terms of educational functions. Finally, a further programme was launched in 2008 with the “Unidee Educational” project: in collaboration with the Ufficio Educazione Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Associazionedidee, the Education Department offered the first national course of specialisation for museum educators and educational managers.
Since 2011, the Education Department has obtained accreditation for training school teachers from the MIUR – Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca (Ministry for Education, Universities and Research); this is important recognition of the quality of the training programme that has always been the starting point for all of the itineraries undertaken with schools, with regard to the Museum’s exhibitions programme and special projects.
For information concerning forthcoming courses to be held during the Summer School project, contact: Education Department, Castello di Rivoli 011-9565213, email@example.com
The Education Department is involved in various research projects to encourage access to the Museum for every type of public.
From the collaboration with the Istituto dei Sordi di Torino (Turin Institute for the Deaf) arises the first experiment in Italy dedicated to a meeting between the world of deafness and contemporary art: the starting point has been linguistic research, to enrich Italian sign language with 80 specific terms that were still lacking. At the end of the process, the first Contemporary art dictionary in ISL was published in 2010 (Umberto Allemandi & C.). The dictionary is the only one of its kind in the world, and after the road show in leading contemporary art museums around Italy and a number of papers given in international conferences, in 2011 the project was presented in New York, at the MoMA and Istituto Italiano di Cultura during the Italian Culture in the World week.
A collaboration is also active with the Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti (Italian Union for the Blind and Partially Sighted), with which a series of multisensorial visits were arranged at the Castello and in the Permanent Collection. From June 2012, new models of the Castello di Rivoli made by the studio of Arch. Andrea Bruno, responsible for the restoration of the entire architectural complex of the Castello, will be available to all visitors at the Museum, sighted or not.
The Education Department also works with the CPD Consulta Persone in Difficoltà in Turin (a charity serving the disabled community), organising activities for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and promoting opportunities for meeting and discussion, including the culturaccessibile (accessible culture) round table, which drew up a draft manifesto for accessible culture for all, and promotes joint initiatives to reaffirm the right to equal access to all places of culture for all.
Castello di Rivoli, June-September
For the summer, the Education Department has been offering since 2012 Summer school, a major cultural project aimed at art enthusiasts of all ages: art freaks or simply curious bystanders, cultural operators, teachers, students, children, adolescents and families. The project has been arranged with the aim of showing that contemporary art is not an elitist thing and can instead help give all of us the tools we need to develop free and aware in a constantly evolving society.
The Castello di Rivoli which, in its relationship between art and nature, is an ideal model of beauty understood as quality of life, harmony and equilibrium, becomes a multidisciplinary school attracting Italian and international experts. The partners of the Summer School will, together with the professionals of the Castello’s own Education Department, offer varied approaches and occasions to become acquainted with contemporary art understood in its broadest sense: the sessions proposed range from the visual arts to the theatre, music to dance, always in a dialogue and in contact with a fruitful exchange with the works displayed in the Museum. On top of the proposals planned for adults, teachers, cultural operators and students, there will also be plenty of scope for the leisure time of the young, children and families, with workshops with artists and fascinating collective happenings within the Museum and immediate surroundings, taking advantage of the pleasure of enjoying summer in the Rivoli hillsides. A new feature for the Summer school is the possibility of a full immersion into the Museum and surrounding environs, thanks to the agreements stipulated with nearby hotels and restaurants for members of the public coming from outside Turin.
The Summer school is the only one of its type in Italy, originating from the institutional and professional experience of ZonArte, the network supported by the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, aimed at encouraging public interest in contemporary art.