Eighteen principles to affirm the right of girls and boys from all over the world to art and culture in 27 languages.
This is the content of the “Charter of children’s rights to culture and art“, born in 2009 in Bologna from an idea of La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi, a group that has been involved in theater for children and youth.
The communication project, which has received support from all over Europe, was sponsored and awarded by the highest Italian and European institutions.
The purpose of the operation is to spread the knowledge and practice of fundamental rights, at a time when the world of culture and artistic expression is experiencing a state of great difficulty.
And, as often happens, in moments of crisis it is the weakest subjects, often the very young, who suffer the consequences.
The artistic direction and the organizing staff of the Imaginaria festival subscribe and share all 18 points of the “Charter of children’s rights to culture and art” proposing, within the festival, the Imaginaria Kids section dedicated to children and teenagers.
Imaginaria Kids intends to promote and disseminate the art of animation through screenings, meetings, animated readings, workshops and exhibitions.
Imaginaria Kids is also a construction site open to new forms of collaboration and proposals that can be developed and implemented even in periods outside the festival.
Charter of children’s rights to culture and art
Children have the right:
- to approach art, in all its forms: theater, music, dance, literature, poetry, cinema, visual and multimedia arts
- to experiment with artistic languages as they are also “fundamental knowledge”
- to be part of artistic processes that nourish their emotional intelligence and help them develop, in a harmonious way, sensitivity and skills
- to develop, through the relationship with the arts, bodily, semantic and iconic intelligence
- to enjoy quality artistic products, created especially for them by professionals, respecting the different ages
- to have a relationship with art and culture without being treated by “consumers”, but by competent and sensitive “subjects”
- to attend the artistic and cultural institutions of the city, both with the family and with the school, to discover and experience what the territory offers
- to participate in artistic and cultural events continuously, and not occasionally, during their school and pre-school life
- to share the pleasure of an artistic experience with the family
- to have an integrated system between school and artistic and cultural institutions, because only a continuous osmosis can offer a living culture
- to attend museums, theaters, libraries, cinemas and other places of culture and entertainment, together with their schoolmates
- to live artistic and cultural experiences accompanied by their teachers, as necessary mediators to support and enhance their perceptions
- to a secular culture, respecting every identity and difference
- to integration, if migrants, through knowledge and sharing of the artistic and cultural heritage of the community in which they live
- to artistic and cultural projects conceived in consideration of the different abilities
- to places designed and structured to welcome them in their different ages
- to attend a school that is a real way of accessing a widespread and public culture
- to be able to participate in the artistic and cultural proposals of the city regardless of their social and economic conditions, because all children have the right to art and culture