Foot or Root? (2012)
Istituzione Musei del Mare e delle Migrazioni – MuMA, Italy
Over the past three decades, Italy has undergone a major transformation from emigrant nation to immigrant destination. Between 1970 and today, the number of immigrants living in Italy has increased ten-fold, resulting in highly publicized racial violence and xenophobia. Mu.MA’s Foot or Root program aims to prepare young people to alter the course of ethnic relations for the future in an increasingly complex and diverse nation.
Located in the port city of Genoa, Mu.MA is developing a Teachers’ Toolkit to help prepare students ages 14-18 to visit Memoria e Migrazioni, a permanent exhibit that explores the impact of migration on Italian society through reconstructions of emigrants’ destinations like Buenos Aires, the Brazilian jungle, and Ellis Island. A final section of the exhibit dedicated to contemporary immigration to Italy provides a basis for comparison between the past and present. After viewing the exhibit, students engage in dialogue, developed with technical and financial assistance of the Coalition’s Project Support Fund, on immigration issues stemming from their own family histories and identities. Students then work in groups using different types of media to answer the question, “What does immigration mean to you?” These multimedia projects will be curated by the Mu.MA staff into a public exhibition on display at the museum’s entrance.Back