Spazio Vita was inaugurated in June 30, 2015. Its art laboratory integrates artistic activities into the rehabilitation of children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries and Spina bifida.


  • Approximately 680 children and youths with spinal cord injuries or Spina bifida at the Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital in Milan;
  • Approximately 200 former patients and para- and quadriplegic people.


Between 2013 and 2015, Alta Mane Foundation supported the construction of a 42 m2 Art Laboratory within the multifunctional, 550 m2 Spazio Vita centre, which is directly connected to the Spinal Cord Unit of the Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital in Milan (Italy). The Art Laboratory integrated painting, clay arts, music and wood-working activities into the therapeutic rehabilitation of patients and former patients with spinal cord injuries and Spina bifida, and welcomed interested family members.


Spazio Vita Niguarda Cooperativa Sociale o.n.l.u.s

The Spazio Vita Niguarda Social Cooperative was founded in 2013 by the non-profit AUS Niguarda Association to create a centre in Lombardy dedicated to the cure and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries. The AUS Niguarda Association works with the Unipolare Spinal Unit, where it is located, in the delicate task of integrating the global rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries.





In 2010 and 2011, Fondation Alta Mane supported the artistic workshops offered by the non-profit association AUS Niguarda and from 2013 to 2015 the construction of an art laboratory inside the Spazio Vita.