Piccola Orchestra di Tor Pignattara, Rome, Italy - Year V

Project location: ITALY, Rome, Italy
Project start date: December 2016 - Project end date: September 2017
Project number: 2016-069
Beneficiary: Associazione Musica E Altre Cose

Rome always welcomed people from all over the world. The recent immigration flows have accentuated this outstanding feature, however, also highlighting problems and difficulties related to the difficult living conditions that the poorest migrants find face and also to the difficulty of interacting with the resident population more and more tired and less and less available to the acceptance of the other and dialogue. In this framework, from 2012 the association Musica e Altre Cose started a project of integration and dialogue through music called "Piccola Orchestra di Tor Pignattara": a musical laboratory for "Italian" kids, "second generation immigrants" and unaccompanied minors. It involves the educational, social and artistic dimension and became a kind of reference model on the use of music as a tool for dialogue and promotion of ease among teens and preteens.
The project (now extended to the entire city of Rome) received several awards and honours and in its four years of life, thanks to its innovative features from social training, educational, artistic and multicultural perspectives has been able to capture the attention of very important Institutions and associations with which it established a relationship and a collaboration.

Following what has been achieved to date, particular attention will be given to the so-called “second generations” and unaccompanied minors and the involvement of adolescents and pre-adolescents (from 14 to 19 years old) considered "at risk" in relation to the individual, psychosocial, economic or cultural discomfort, often related to family difficulties and socio-cultural integration.
The families of kids and the whole city will also be indirect beneficiaries. The orchestra, in fact, will be a tangible sign of dialogue between cultures (immigrants and residents) and will testify, through its own activity that, from the encounter of differences beauty can be born.
The association organize laboratories that, on the one hand, will consolidate and renew the group (actually composed of 20 kids) and, on the other hand, will serve to search and include new elements who intend to take part in the activities (for a maximum of 30 kids involved).

This project pursues two complementary aims, which are themselves the backbones of the project: promotion of values such as cultural dialogue and integration (music is a message to promote cultural integration) and promotion of the well-being of adolescents and pre-adolescents, particularly among the “second generation immigrants”
These two aims have always run hand-in-hand and will be pursued also by means of new activities.
think global, act local
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