by Area Patrimonio artistico
Since the very beginning the Compagnia has adopted a number of instruments in its grant-making activity that target the architectural heritage and the landscape and that prevent the scattering of resources. Multi-annual strategies in this sector are based on the belief that the cultural heritage offers many opportunities to promote the civil, cultural and economic development of a community.
Thematic calls promoted by the Compagnia over the past decade have reflected the same approach, placing special emphasis on the urban dimension, the landscape and particularly the target community. In the past four years, however, it has become more urgent to integrate these aspects no longer as a plus for project applications, but as an essential requirement to participate in the call. In the cultural sector, proposals are expected to maximize the Compagnia’s support for the cultural heritage: this has been the aim of the call Patrimonio Comune, that aimed to restore prestigious historical Town Halls, and the call Valli di Lanzo for projects that contribute to bringing out the tourist potential of a Valley in terms of artistic, cultural and natural appeal and to opening up new opportunities for the residents.
In 2011 the calls launched by the Compagnia were inspired by the evolving conditions of the local scenario and its changing needs that called for adjustments and new instruments. As public and private funds shrink to alarming proportions, it is now essential to ensure the integration of actions, skills and resources. Specific projects must be accompanied by collateral activities and they must generate economic effects that are positive for the community. The new call launched by the Compagnia concerning “cultural resources and the landscape through a network approach”, that is currently open, points in this direction and calls for integrated plans and resources, the pooling of skills and past experiences and a willingness to focus on issues that have been largely neglected, without forgetting coherence between project expectations and available funds. Eligible proposals will therefore focus on aspects that are in line with an overall strategy of heritage conservation and promotion and special emphasis will be placed on projects that concern the landscape as an essential factor to improve the quality of life of a community.