LA STRADA PER UTOPIA

La Strada per Utopia is a project conceived by the Municipality of Castiglion Fiorentino with the Cultural Associations CapoTrave/Kilowatt and L’Ulcera del Signor Wilson, carried out with the contribution of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department for Youth Policies and ANCI, as part of the call “Fermenti in Comune.” A project created to bring young girls and boys from Castiglion Fiorentino closer to the world of cinema, live entertainment, performance and visual arts, who are involved in workshops, artistic residencies and processes of communication and multimedia creation. Participation, training and active citizenship are the key words of the project, which is based on the collaboration with various local entities, including the Castiglion Fiorentino Comprehensive Institute and the Giovanni da Castiglione High School. Several actions put in place starting since November 2021, for 10 months: 6 training workshops, 8 artist residencies, 7 digital residencies, the realization of two multimedia productions, a participatory communication action, and the ongoing impact evaluation of the different ongoing activities. The project involves professionals from the national cultural scene as lecturers, tutors, and resident artists, and pays special attention to the languages of digital, related both to the production of artistic content and to the communication of the project. Training activities, residency activities and the creation of multimedia products are accompanied by the development of a storytelling that uses social networks to narrate the stages of the project and reveal the dynamics of co-creation and participation. Girls and boys are involved in the production of content, developing an editorial plan that explores the project’s formative, productive and aggregative dimensions, encouraging the development of critical thinking about action. On the theatrical front, 8 artistic residencies: 8 theater, dance or circus companies, guests in the city for a week, who, at the end of the work period, shared the outcome of the creative process with the citizens through an open rehearsal at the Mario Spina Municipal Theater. The girls and boys involved in the project participated in different ways: either as performers in the final work presented during the open rehearsal, or as guides and collectors of materials useful to the artists during creation. In both cases, the boys entered the artists’ backroom and nurtured their thinking with their own knowledge of the area.