Discover Naples From MANN – Discovering Greek-Roman Naples/Scopri Napoli Dal Museo – Alla Scoperta Di Napoli Greco-Romana

Diversity/ Inclusion | Participation
40 hours
children (6-12 years old)
The “Discover Naples from MANN” project, promoted by the National Archaeological Museum of Naples according to the Central Welfare and Educational Policies Department – Childhood and Adolescence Policies Service of the Municipality of Naples, consisted of architectural workshops focusing on the study and reworking of the urban structure of the city of Naples. The workshops aimed at about 600 children attending the territorial educational department of the city. The municipality of Naples is an area with a strong school dropout and children, often, are not motivated and encouraged to focus on cultural and educational support activities. The project represented an educational opportunity able to affect the qualitative growth of the traditional school offer, moreover, the attention and the preservation of the city represent a fundamental moment to making children feel active in a reality that they usually suffer, turning them into actors of a potential transforming and preserving process that engages them personally.  
Our activity set itself the goal of playing with a particular historical moment in Naples, its Greek-Roman foundation and the following changes that took place over time, transforming this complexity into a playful and creative opportunity. The educational activities of the project were divided into three phases. In the first phase, the association’s operators, together with the Mann’s Educational Service, accompanied the children on a tour of the ancient city, to reveal the secrets and mysteries of our urban history, stimulating the curiosity of the young customers. After this introductory approach, essential to collect the suggestions that the city offers in person (looking, smelling and touching it), there followed the workshop meetings where the children composed, assembled and created the suggestions and the fundamentals they felt about the city of Naples. We have thus reconstructed the Greek-Roman map of Neapolis, working on the stratifications (physical, cultural and material) that characterize the body of our city, and then we have given a separate thickness to this plan, creating small models of the most important and significant urban areas. At its completion, the project featured a final public exhibition during which the children’s works were set up in the halls of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples in dialogue with sculptures and archaeological fragments from the city.