RESMLE in ITALY demonstrates how the youth, the environment and art can go together for sustainable development
The story of the president of the l'Agorà association on the commitment of Noemie and Chloé during the eco-volunteering mission in Campania
Noemie and Chloé are two French girls guests of the Cultural Association l'Agorà of Dugenta (BN), partner of the Amesci Foundation in the Resmyle project - born with the aim of rethinking the employment and social inclusion of young people in the Mediterranean through the sustainable development and financed by ENI CBC MED of the European Union - arrived in the Sannio Benevento area for a voluntary eco mission linked to street art.
Since their arrival, the volunteers have been involved in various non-formal activities and are also acquiring skills in the artistic field, above all through stencil and screen-printing workshops, also conducted in local schools.
Their first mural, entitled " Theodociam", was created at the "Don Lorenzo Milani" state high school in San Giovanni a Teduccio, on the eastern outskirts of Naples.
The district would have taken its name from Theodosia, daughter of the Emperor Theodosius, who, as some excavations would show, would have owned a villa in this area of the city.
According to some experts, in 390 AD, Theodosia raised a column in her villa in honor of the emperors Valentinian, her father Theodosius and the latter's son Arcadius.
Around this column great parties would have taken place, in which the most important families of Naples and its surroundings used to participate. Due to the notoriety of the villa, the column and the feasts celebrated there over time, the habit was taken to refer to the whole area as Theodociam, thus referring to the villa of Theodosia, a term which over time would later be transformed into Teduccio.
The volunteers collaborated in the creation of the mural under the guidance of the street artist Biodpi, born Fabio Della Ratta, founding member of the association L'Agorà and by the young Gambian artist, now Dugentese by adoption Nuru B, born Muhammed Ceesay.
The work depicts a modern Theodosia intent on taking a selfie with young people practicing some hip hop disciplines, such as dance, graffiti writing, skateboarding, music, in the background.
The students, the writer Gino Rota and the artist Aldam Street art also collaborated.
The action is part of "Q-Est", the winning project of the "I Quartieri dell'Innovazione" tender of the Department of Social Policies and Labor of the Municipality of Naples conceived by the Twoplustwo, Bus Theater and TAM associations, which have chosen INWARD - National Observatory on Urban Creativity as a partner of urban creativity.
The goal, once again fully achieved, to promote and encourage social inclusion, active citizenship, brotherhood between peoples and environmental education and sustainable development through art, enhancing various artistic expressions and creating synergies between the young people involved.
Also full of meaning is the homage to Don Lorenzo Milani - an Italian priest and educator known for his work with marginalized and disadvantaged young people in the Barbiana area, in Tuscany, during the 1950s and 1960s - through his motto iCare.
An invitation to take care of minors, of the most vulnerable people, of the territories.
Through this inscription, the work of art tries to convey a message of social commitment, the promotion of solidarity and awareness of issues related to the protection of the weakest and all those who are disadvantaged or in need, clearly Including NEETs, and to care for our environment. It invites reflection on individual and collective responsibilities in building a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable society.
At the center of the mural, the presence of a red brick chimney stands out, a symbol of the area's industrial past. This chimney represents a historical legacy that recalls the importance of looking to the future with confidence and of creating new job opportunities for young people, especially in disadvantaged areas, making the most of the resources and potential present in local communities.
It invites us to look beyond the industrial past and build a sustainable future, in which young people can find spaces for professional development and growth and aims to stimulate awareness and action for a better world, in which everyone can enjoy equal opportunities and live in a healthy and harmonious environment.