Touch, but don't look. Experiencing art in absence of sight
Cecilia Rizzo, Lidia Venuto, Chiara Addi, Giulia Foscolo, Giorgio Guardi, Elisa Fabrizi, Chiara Iacopino
LIDIA VENUTO – After getting a high degree in Art History at Tor Vergata University of Rome, she worked for the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali as part of the project “Una casa museo nel cuore di Roma. La scoperta del Museo Napoleonico” by Garanzia Giovani. She cooperated with the Italian Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Rome, developing accessible cultural itineraries. She has been working for years as a sighted guide for visually impaired people, for whom she creates tours and workshops to the museums of Rome. She is currently working as a tyflodidactic teacher in primary and secondary school. Skills in reading and writing Braille.
CHIARA ADDI – Graduated in Contemporay History at La Sapienza University of Rome and at the Université de Provence Aix-Marseille, she attended an internship at the Biblioteca di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea of Rome, where she enhanced her skills in archival research. Expert in event management and marketing, she also got a Cts certificate in Effective Communication. After an experience at the Napoleon Museum of Rome, she worked for the National Civil Service project “Educhiamo insieme”, at the Casina del Cardinal Bessarione. She is one of Radici’s co-founders.
GIULIA FOSCOLO – After a master’s degree in Contemporary Art History at La Sapienza University of Rome, she specialized in museum education, attending an internship at Palaexpo’s Department of Education. With a very deep interest in Art didactics, she worked for many museums of Rome: she has been designing and planning guided tours for adults, educational activities for kids and specific workshops for blind and partially sighted people. She has also had curatorial researches and experiences in several aspects of photography, from History to Critics. From 2015 to 2018 she has been working for Promotion and Communication Department and Accessibility area for visually impaired people at the Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali: she selected a group of artifacts to be touched by blind visitors, planned specific tours and developed a set of tactile aids. She is currently working in Ancona, at the Education Department of the Museo Statale Tattile Omero. Skilled in Braille, she is also co-founder of Radici Associazione Culturale.
GIORGIO GUARDI – Holding a master’s degree in Science of Cultural Heritage, he is currently working as a tourist guide in Italy and abroad at different tour operators. For more than ten years he has been involved in creating accessible touristic tours for visually impaired and physically challenged individuals, through a cooperation with no-profit association Museum, the Istituto per i ciechi Sant’Alessio of Rome, the Istituto Francesco Cavazza of Bologna, the Museo Statale Tattile Omero of Ancona and Acces&Motion of Bracciano (RM). The experience as a teacher at Dornach Centre for Special Education and the passion for museum education encourages him to spread and enhance the culture of sustainable tourism through the use of cultural happenings and alternation school-to-work projects in secondary school.
ELISA FABRIZI – After getting a master’s degree in Contemporary Art History at La Sapienza University of Rome, she has been working in the field of Didactics and Special Education for several years. She worked for many museums and associations, where she designed itineraries aiming at supporting learning by discovery and building knowledge. She plans educational activities and workshops for kids and adults, developed in every detail, from planning to leading to communication and finally press office management. After several training courses at the Museo Anteros of Bologna, she is also working as a guide for visually impaired individuals and is involved in searching for and adapting tactile paths. She is currently Radici’s main contact for the Educational area. She strongly believes in a shared aesthetic and social education, based on Art and on the impulses it gives when passionately and accurately transmitted.
CHIARA IACOPINO – Holding a master’s degree in Archaeology and a Specialization diploma in Archeological Heritage at La Sapienza University of Rome, she attended an internship at the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, previously in the university environment, then inside the National Civil Service project “Educhiamo insieme” at the Casina del Cardinal Bessarione. She is currently attending the 2nd level Master in Management of Cultural Heritage at Link Campus University of Rome. Under Radici she is involved with guided tours for adults and, after a training course at the Museo Anteros of Bologna, for blind and visually impaired people and with accessible tourism.