Love Difference – Cittadellarte

Love Difference is a non-profit association established in June 2002 by Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto together with international institutions, cultural centres, researchers, curators and artists. It presently counts 650 members.
The objective of the Love Difference association is to develop creative projects for stimulating dialogue between people from different cultural, political and religious backgrounds, and to construct a solid network between those who wish to meet and resolve social issues through art and creativity.
We activate artistic projects that promote the encounter and the dialogue among the different Mediterranean countries. We think that through art it is possible to contribute to a responsible transformation of society.

Love Difference promotes and supports:

Creative Projects for an Intercultural Society:
Love Difference is a network of institutions, organisations and individual people who are committed to providing society with a new model of cultural integration through art and creativity.
We selects the most interesting and sustainable projects which, through creative means, are able to make a contribution towards resolving present-day social problems and open new areas for thought and research on multiculturalism.
Projects which focus their research specifically on the socio-cultural effects of globalization in the Mediterranean basin.
Love Difference networks projects in which art interacts with the various areas of society (politics, economics, production, education etc.).

Free Knowledge Network; Studies and researches: we develop together with our partners studies and researches, mainly about the relation between creativity and intercultural dialogue.
The association also participates in ongoing researches by offering its network.
One of the main researches Love Difference carries out is METHODS, a
project dedicated to gather the best practices of creative processes for social transformation.

Glocal Workshops for Intercultural Activators:
Love Difference, through artistic workshops of shared interdisciplinary project planning develops a method of cultural production for the socially responsible transformation, that is transferable and shared.
The programme initiates from the research on methodologies of relations between art and society, “Methods”, and is developed in collaboration with the Love Difference partners, amongst whom are: Artway of Thinking; Asiles, actions et solidarités interculturelles; GAMB+I Groupo Autoditata de Metodologias Bem + Inteligentes, Gudran Art and Development; Out and Isola Art Center; Post Programmed City Territory and many other groups, entities and institutions.
The workshops organized since 2005 involve interdisciplinary groups, and have been developed as creative processes through the sharing of diverse talents and skills. The workshop programme transfers an interdisciplinary methodology model that is horizontal, based on the practices of learning by doing towards the regeneration of social contexts and the activation of new creative processes for the common good.
The talent and skills acquired by the participants during the workshop are important and useful work tools for the organisation and management of cultural initiatives in diverse disciplinary, interdisciplinary and intercultural fields.

The workshops are conceived with the aim of making alternative points of view emerge on the territory and of creating new relations through art, activating transformations and producing changes of points of view on reality: all base elements within the process of cultural growth.

Conventions, Meetings, Seminars, Concerts, Performances, Exhibitions around the Mediterranean Seas of the World:
we organize and participate in seminars, conferences and meeting, focusing on the contribution that creative processes can give to the intercultural dialogue.
The Love Difference message and activities are presented through Michelangelo Pistoletto’s work and through the projects developed by the movement.
A regular appointment is the members’ meeting, an occasion to exchange knowledge and experiences and to develop new strategies for the association.

The Love Difference initiatives have a creative, interdisciplinary approach. They are innovative, transparent, sustainable and participatory.

www.lovedifference.org



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