Artemista: rural architecture & artistic activities
Description: The Cultural Association ARTEMISTA deals with artistic, cultural, environmental and social educational projects. It was born out of the gathering of artists coming from music, theater, comics, photo, video. Artemista is established within Cascina Castello, an ancient agricultural building of the XVIII century, with some parts dating back before the X, turned into a hostel and a cultural center of exhibition and artistic production. Located in Spessa, a timeless rural area which lies directly on the fields leading to the forests and beaches of the river Po, in front of the green hills of Oltrepo’ Pavese, the place has preserved an ancient natural beauty, with open spaces, away from the current compressed condition of heavily urbanized areas, though it is near Milan, a European metropolis.
Type of Work: The first days of the camp will be dedicated to the preparation of an event called "Festival of the countries of the World" which will take place on 4th and 5th of August. We will take care of preparing the spaces for the shows and dinners scheduled. After the event, we will dedicate ourselves to renovating the Cultural Center, the theater and music halls and the stores. We will do some manual works such as: paintnig and woodworking, arrangement of warehouses with reorganization and cleaning, construction of structures and shelves. During the workcamp there will be a summer camp for children with whom volunteers can interact.
Study Theme: During the work we will find out more about the rural architecture and how renovations are carried out in historic buildings. We will also organize excursions in the surroundings and moments of participation and involvement in our theater and music activities. We would like to orginaze a moment dedicated to international volunteers within the "Festival of the countries of the World". Each of the volunteers should bring something from their country: a small testimony, some objects, music, images. We will need them to create a "Window on the World".
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in two bedrooms of Artemista Hostel (for 6 or 4 people each). For accommodation the hostel will provide the sheets, while the volunteers must bring their own towels for the bathroom. The cleaning of common areas, rooms and kitchen will be organized on turns. Volunteers take care in turn of food preparation and we eat all togheter. In the Hostel there is internet. There is no bank and no shop in the town where we are. It's necessary to go by car to reach a place to buy something, so it will be not possible to do it everyday.
Requirements: We ask volunteers to be motivated and have a predisposition to manual work.
Approximate Location: The camp will take location in a very isolated area called Cascina Castello in the small municipality of Spessa, 40km from Milano and 20km from Pavia.
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