Researchers from the Università di Macerata (UNIMC) travelled to Kenya to carry out specific actions within TPAAE during their Winter 2022 secondment. The team included Prof. Flavia Stara, Prof. Rosita Deluigi, Prof. Giuseppe Capriotti and Prof. Marco Manca.
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The UNIMC team organized workshops on art education both at Alfajiri Daily Care and Rescue Centre and the Kivuli Centre with the participation of local and foreign artists. They included Mudibo and Daniel (Kivuli Center), Olivia Pendergast (Nairobi) and John Wiercioch (US). The actions, aimed at young people hosted and residing in the two centres, offered further opportunities for in-depth exploration of graphic-pictorial techniques within the frame of international dialogues. The workshops addressed the concept of dwelling urban spaces. The sessions offered an opportunity to present the TPAAE project to new interlocutors, with the UNIMC team receiving valuable feedback on theories and methodologies.
Subsequently, Prof. Stara and Prof. Deluigi conducted a focus group at the Salama Community Centre for 20 single mothers from Nairobi’s Kibera slum. They discussed issues related to women empowerment, as well educational processes for social awareness.
UNIMC researchers attended the First Performing Arts Conference. Held at the Kenya Cultural Centre, the conference addressed decolonization, intercultural collaboration and social disruption, themes that offer avenues for wide interpretation in the performing arts. They gained insights into historical and contemporary views that embraced analytical, ideological and practical perspectives. Attendance allowed for networking among academics and stakeholders, with the Macerata team informing them on TPAAE activities.