RETE DELLE CASE DEL QUARTIERE — the network of Turin neighbourhood houses, the first Italian network of this kind!
Rete delle Case del Quartiere is a non-profit network of eight "Case del Quartiere" (Neighbourhood Houses) in the city of Turin. The Houses are places of active participation: they encourage people to take part in the social and cultural life of the neighbourhood and the city through different forms of active citizenship, volunteering and cultural activities. They are places where people look for and experiment new ways of planning and managing social welfare policies and activities, developing proximity-based networks, and finding collective solutions to common needs. Deeply-rooted in the territory, each of the eight houses works independently as a multi-functional community hub located in different areas of the city. They are very different in their structure: some manage large buildings with large halls that can serve different purposes, including theatre, concert halls, cinemas, etc; other have small spaces that are more suitable for other activities as meetings and workshops for instance. The Houses rely on a combination of public and private funding, as well as self-sustainability.
Staff members: 1-5
Expertise: Territorial development in urban areas
Target group: According to Rete delle Case del Quartiere's manifesto, the eight "Case del Quartiere" do not focus on any particular target or field of activity, and are open to everybody regardless of age, culture, geographical origin, etc.
Areas of work: Sociocultural activities & cultural mediation — Artistic activities — Community & civic activities — Art education & other educational activities — Local / regional / national projects — International projects (EU and beyond) / managing EU funds — Event management — Capacity building activities / Courses / Trainings / Lifelong learning activities — Research and publications — Dissemination of information / awareness raising activities — Cultural distribution and promotion — Coordination of a network — Networking / cooperation — Consultancy — Data collection
Fields of work: Theatre — Music — Circus art / Clowning — Puppetry — Dance — Street art — Amateur art — Libraries, archives and museums (tangible culture heritage) — Photography — Digital arts — Graphic arts — Film, video — Creative Writing — Architecture
Topics of work: Diversity, minorities, interculturalities & identities / migration & refugees — Fighting discrimination / stereotypes, inclusion, social cohesion & community development — Intergenerational relations & ageing — Children (0-12 years old) — Young people (13-30 years old) — Disabilities & inclusion — Gender & sexual orientation equality — Participation / audience engagement — Impact of cultural activities — Good governance — Cultural policy — Cultural rights — Human rights & Democracy Territorial development on local level — Territorial development in urban areas — Development of underused spaces — Revitalisation / activation of public space — European citizenship and identity — International(isation) and mobility — Sustainability — Climate change & environment — Voluntary art / work — Gastronomy
EU/International cooperation: CO3 (Horizon 2020, 10 partners, topic: Digital Disruptive Technologies in the co-design, co-creation and co-management of urban commons) — proGIreg (Horizon 2020, 35 partners, topic: regeneration of post-industrial site through nature-based solutions) — CO-CITY (Urban Innovative Actions programme - European Regional Development Funds; 4 partners; topic: participation of citizens in the process of proposing and adopting European urban commons) —Tandem Europe — Youth exchanges and European Voluntary Service (Erasmus+).
Priorities for the network: European Citizenship (how culture can contribute to promote active citizenship and the creation of open societies as opposed to nationalism) — Sustainability in culture (how culture can contribute to tackle climate change and reduce the use of natural resources and negative impacts on the environment) — Funding (Improve the ability of cultural centres in the fundraising sector, particularly in emergency situations such as COVID-19's lockdowns)