Creative workshop

 

The Creative Workshop is a project born within the artistic section of GRT, Tutti Sopra Un Cielo (TS1C), and funded by the Waldensian Church. The project has been carried out in 2014 and even though it was initially thought for roma people and to be carried out in roma camps only, it has later been developed so then it could involve youth from all backgrounds.

The element that brought youth together was the design and creation of a work that could be done with clay and the aim of the project itself was to make it possible for young people with different background and from different countries to gather together and work towards a shared goal. 

The activities have been carried out in the GRT office in Milan, where the young people have completed a big, dragon-shaped clay work. The beauty of this work is that it has been completely designed and created by the young and it has gave them a chance to get together, discuss ideas and methods and complete an art work. 

Concerning the teathre instead, youth have presented a show called "Anthropometric" at the S. Fedele Teathre in Milan, with a big audience. This show narrates the lives of Roma people, their segregation and persecution and their itinerant story as well as their dream of a better future for their population. 

The conclusion of this project did not mean the conclusion of the whole experience, in fact the work carried on with different activities and outside the GRT context. After the project, two of the Roma guys that have taken part in the project, have been asked to participate as support teachers in a local sculpture lab for children and this gave them the chance to engage with the local community as well as to further develop their skills. 

Ethnic Minorities


Ethnic diversity in order to keep people in a political inferiority status. Maya in Guatemala are an example, "untouchable" people in India or Nepal's caste system are another one.

Few times ethnic diversity is recognised as an added value to the whole society. 

In this perspective GRT offers support projects. 

Italy

The activities that GRT has carried out in Italy have followed a similar path to the ones that have been carried out abroad. The main topics that GRT has focused on in Italy are: 

Educational Activities: cooperation themes, professional updating, transcultural relations methodologies. Anthropology and cooperation seminars in collaboration with the Feltrinelli Foundation, Anthropological research on the African Migrants in Milan, cultural and linguistic mediator course as well as courses for teachers about the Nomad population and their culture. GRT has also organised courses on art and social problems together with the Cooperative "Percorsi" from Rho. 

Comparing Cultures and Cultural Activities: meetings with poets, writers, politicians, men and women working with the civil society as well as meetings in order to inform the population on the ethnic minorities in the country, their cultures and the stories behind their choice of fleeing their countries. 

Collaboration with local institutions in order to improve the services for foreign citizens in Milan and surroundings. Particular attention has been given to the youth in order to let them express themselves and their will and this has led to the creation of "Tutti sopra un cielo - TS1C" the artistic section of GRT, which has significantly contributed to the project "Meeting almost by accident", implemented with Parada Italia and funded by the Alta Mane Italia Foundation, the Evangelical Church and private contributions (Spal Automotive).

During this project GRT started to work with Roma people in Milan, especially with children and adolescents by organising recreational activities.