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Sector: Art and health Ongoing Country: Italy Project status: Ongoing Partner: Dynamo Art Factory

Objectives

Enabling sick children to express their fears and emotions in a creative and positive fashion, which allows them to experience immediate happiness and satisfaction for the work created during the artistic workshops. Expand and strengthen the experience of contact with contemporary art lived at the Camp bringing the Art Factory into important Italian museums and allowing kids and families to get in touch with major national exhibition organizations.

Beneficiaries

  • 758 children and youth between the ages of 6 and 17 with illnesses that require invasive and long-term therapy;
  • 55 children and young people with pathologies or not, including those who can not participate in the Camps at Dynamo.

Activities

Dynamo Camp is a Camp that is open year around and welcomes children affected by serious and chronic illness who are out-patients or in remission, as well as disabled children (with neurological, neuromotor and rare pathological conditions) and their siblings and parents. Dynamo Art Factory is one of the camp’s special projects, the creative heart of a vacation during which the children and adolescents, as a group, spend entire afternoons creating, designing, cutting, pasting, modeling and coloring. Every summer, renown contemporary Italian and international artists contribute their creativity and talent to a project that involves the youths directly. The artist begins by giving them a creative “challenge”, which is then taken up by each in a different way, resulting in a special emotional and artistic experience. At the end of each session, the result is a single piece of work that bears the artist’s name and illustrates the emotions of the children.
In 2018, the project, supported by AMI in partnership with AMG, foresaw 10 artistic workshop sessions of 9 days each and the dissemination of the experience of the Art Factory in major contemporary art museums in 8 Italian cities (Bologna, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Rome, Rovereto, Turin and Florence) with the offer of a one-day workshop always held by renowned artists, aimed at creating a collective work; at the end of the workshop, the work was exhibited for a period of time in the museum and subsequently brought back to the Dynamo Art Factory.

Media 

Newsletter di Dynamo Camp: Dynamo Art Factory va al museo

Partner

Dynamo Camp Association: created in 2007, the association is part of the Serious Fun Children’s Network, an international channel founded by Paul Newman in 1988 to contribute to the improvement of the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. Dynamo Camp is located in the WWF oasis in Tuscany, which was inaugurated in 2007, and is the only Recreational Therapy facility in Italy designed to host minors whose lives are compromised by illness.

Information

Fondation Alta Mane supports Dynamo Camp since 2016 in partnership with Fondazione Alta Mane Italia. For further information please follow this link.

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