The Accademia dei Bambini is Fondazione Prada’s first project specifically created for children, and was developed by the neuropediatrician Giannetta Ottilia Latis, who laid the theoretical and operational groundwork. The architectural layout of the space was entrusted to a group of young students from the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, led by their teachers Cédric Libert and Elias Guenon. The result is a space that can take on diverse configurations depending on the programs to be developed inside.
The Accademia is a space created as an independent structure equipped with everything it needs to conduct multidisciplinary activities, not strictly connected with art exhibitions, but also open to intergenerational dialogue and debate related to pedagogical–cultural issues to be experienced through gameplay, creativity, learning and exchange. The Accademia presents free activities and workshops conducted by a range of different experts: educators, artists, scientists, directors. These “masters” will not only of teach or suggest techniques, but also remain open to learning and applying new skills that children may suggest.
The workshops will be devised and initiated by the a selection of “masters” in various different disciplines and coordinated by a group of educators, led by Marta Motterlini, an expert in museum educational programs.
From 16 September 2017, workshops “Segni, Tracce, Scritture” will continue with artist Mario Airò, who will explore light signs in space with children.
As stated by Walt Whitman in “As of Forms”: ” … Of the arts, as music, poems, architecture, outlines and the rest, they are in their way to provoke this delight of the soul. They are to seek it where it waits – for I see that it always patiently waits”.
Mario Airò lives and works in Milan.