Strategy type (tool, event, training course, etc.)
Educational project

Scope of the practice (local, national, international level)
Local and international

When did it start/end?

Organizations and people of reference
Teachers Leonardo Properzi (teacher of Italian for the listening center), Marco Franchini (teacher of sculpture), as well as the coordinator of the project Giuliana Pascucci (referent Macerata Museums)

City and country
Macerata, Italy


1. Describe your project briefly
The aim of the project is to foster integration through sculpture and to promote a new model of citizenship also used through the museum. The students worked in pairs for the realization of a sculpture. The use of artistic language aims to experiment a new way of relating to each other. A relationship of reciprocity between subjects characterized by different cultural backgrounds, that is between Italian students and asylum seekers. The need to collaborate in the realization of the work has led them to get involved, going beyond the stereotypes that weigh down in the comparison with cultures distant from those known.

2. What is the aim of the project? 

The project "Talking hands" is focused, through the use of plastic art, in collaboration between students of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in order to break down the preconceptions through the realization in pairs of sculptures. The aim of the project is to promote forms of transcultural sharing through art, in particular to promote dialogue between different cultures.

3. Who was involved in designing process?
Organizations that have taken part in this project are: "Musei civici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi", "Centro di Ascolto e di Prima Accoglienza", "Liceo Artistico G. Cantalamessa" of Macerata.

4. If you could change something, what would you change?
We are very satisfied with the results achieved both as regards the cultural growth of foreign boys and that of the students of the artistic high school, major beneficiaries of this meeting.

5. How do the project impact on civil society? 
In a difficult context of integration, presenting the children’s work has allowed the local community to perceive them from a different point of view. It had a positive impact, as society itself had the opportunity to learn and contextualize the presence of these foreign boys.

6. How do you evaluate the project’s impact?
Evaluation of the positive project on two levels. One concerns the cultural and social growth of high school students, and the integration and learning of the language by foreign students, as well as a cultural exchange on both sides. While in addition it was also positive on an external level, aimed at making people perceive the attempt to present them in a different way from how today’s society tends to consider foreign children.

7. Is there anything else would you like to share with us? 
Attached I would like to propose a link summary of the experience of the boys. The Audiovisual and Multimedia Address of the Artistic High School documented the creative process by making a documentary film This documentary arrived at the end of the collaboration flanked by a didactic exhibition at the Museums so as to share with the community of reference the path taken.