High School Blaise Pascal in Giaveno (Turin)
Experimental Laboratory for Knowledge and Valorisation of Cultural Heritage
The "Experimental Laboratory of Knowledge and Valorisation of Cultural Heritage in the Giaveno area" is being developed as part of the Drawing and History of Art lessons at the IIS Pascal of Giaveno in the 2021/2022 school year and is being implemented in the meeting and collaboration with the City of Giaveno. The initiative, designed and developed by Professor Emanuela Gasca, in fact, was realised with the students of the High School of Applied Sciences. The project was specifically born as an initiative in response to the health emergency and in particular the resulting fragilities inherent in the difficulties of creating physical relations and moments of aggregation in the area.
The Inspiring Values: Culture, Well-being and Community
The initiative embraces the values of the European Year of Young People 2022 by proposing an approach that not only places young people at the centre of the policies, but also makes them protagonists in the design of projects developed on their territory. Furthermore, looking at the cultural dimensions of the European Year of Heritage and the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the project revolves around the keywords of "innovation" and "well-being": in this respect, cultural heritage becomes the flywheel of possible sustainable development processes towards actions for the preservation, protection and dissemination of tangible and intangible heritage, a fundamental contributor to the creation of inclusive, welcoming, resilient cities and territories. In response to these dimensions, the Laboratory was also reported among the projects developed in the European Year of Youth on the official platform of this European initiative.
Objectives and final output: The Web Portal and the Cultural Heritage Files
The Laboratory aims to create, on the one hand, a system of knowledge and values that develop the students' sense of belonging to the territory in which their school is located and, on the other hand, relationships, moments of aggregation and development of a cultural community around cultural heritage, as an element of well-being and quality of life in response to the pandemic moment.
The end result of the Laboratory was in fact the creation of a web portal where the students shared the tourist itineraries they had created. Within this framework, the site also offers a narrative of the heritage linked to these routes through dedicated sheets, shared through historical characteristics, elements of curiosity and specifics of fruition, which have been interpreted and communicated through students unprecedented outlook.