We invite people to take the initiative: in fact, we strive to foster a new spirit of sharing, with which to rethink cultural and public spaces, in a new light that makes them more inclusive and engaging. We see culture as a driver for building a new active citizenship.

Our work is divided into various areas of intervention.

The Encouraging active participation mission contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3 Good health and well-being
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 16 Peace, justice, and strong institutions

Within the framework of the Culture Goal, the Encouraging active participation mission promotes the values that arise when society means “us”, and every individual is valued in his or her role as a citizen, so as to foster individual responsibility, as the basis on which to build a fairer, more sustainable society. So for us, participation means different things: different from each other, but all equally important when it comes to creating new spaces for culture and a new active citizenship.

Partecipazione culturale

Ci impegniamo a diffondere le pratiche culturali in modo che possano coinvolgere fasce sempre più ampie della popolazione, sviluppando così il tema dell’audience development sotto vari punti di vista e con diversi approcci. Dal 2015, ad esempio, lavoriamo su OPEN, un ampio sistema integrato che comprende azioni, progetti e strumenti nati per studiare e interpretare le nuove domande culturali. Da qui, nel corso degli anni sono nati un bando e una serie di contenuti e attività tra cui Open Cinema e Open Magazine.

Internationally, we take part in a European cooperation project called ADESTE+ (Audience DEvelopment STrategies for cultural organisations in Europe); we have created a platform for Audience Development and Community Engagement professionals called PARTIZENS – Participating Citizens; and we promote international professional exchange projects between European countries. The challenge also extends to cultural practices in the scientific arena, which we have tackled by establishing, amongst other things, a think-tank called PICS, which focuses on Culture and Health and bringing science to the wider public.

The importance of health is such that it is a cross-cutting aspect of FCSP’s work: all three Goals – Culture, People and Planet – are committed to achieving SDG 3, using different tools and methods. The Encouraging active participation mission aims to approach the issue in a new way, because culture can be an agent of health development, that needs to be studied and understood in depth.

Partecipazione civica

Il concetto di partecipazione non può essere slegato da quello di senso civico. Per questo, lavoriamo per valorizzare gli spazi pubblici attraverso vari progetti tra cui una mappatura degli enti culturali attivi sul territorio e il progetto CivICa, che considera la cultura come leva per l’innovazione civica e strumento di cittadinanza e democrazia. In quest’ottica si colloca anche il sostegno al Polo del ‘900. Inoltre, promuoviamo e sosteniamo le iniziative che coinvolgono i soggetti civici nella individuazione, cura e gestione di beni comuni urbani, favorendone anche l’azione in rete (come gli esempi torinesi delle Case del quartiere, degli Orti metropolitani e del Riuso).

Democratic participation

Participation in voting and political life is essential: every time we have held workshops and meetings, we have aroused considerable interest and succeeded in getting people on board and firing up their spirit of active citizenship. We are therefore sticking to this path in 2020, the year of the US elections and a pandemic that has highlighted the profound interconnectedness between apparently distant parts of the world.