Message from the Chair
From a Welfare State to a ‘Civil’ Welfare model
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro and the role of the Mediterranean region.

Third Pillar: the non-profit world is the only valid alternative to the Crisis of the State
and the market and to meet the community’s inevitable needs.
(Mediterranean Region – The East)

From the Mediterranean Basin to countries in the Middle and Far East, with no territorial operating restrictions…
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A Riot of Colour with Cracking Art in Avezzano

The exhibition ‘Cracking Art. Sculture a Colori’, promoted by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale and produced by Fondazione Cultura e Arte with the organisational support of Comediarting and Arthemisia, opened to the public on the 9th of July 2021 at the Aia dei Musei in Avezzano (AQ).

Exhibition by Manolo Valdés at Palazzo Cipolla, Rome exhibition extended until the 25th of July 2021

The great exhibition by the Spanish artist held at Palazzo Cipolla in Rome, which closed due to the pandemic and reopened on the 1st of February 2021, will remain open until the 25th of July by virtue of a longer extension made possible thanks to the commitment of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale that promoted it and the willingness of the gallery and lenders.

Exhibition of the Scuola di Piazza del Popolo – Via Margutta

Suspended between history and legend, the Scuola di Piazza del Popolo was not a close-knit group: many of its ‘exponents’ were fortunately so undisciplined and unconventional as to barely tolerate, due to their mental constitution, the very idea of ‘school’ in all respects. Nevertheless this definition of group works well, even more so today in the culture of quick and short slogans and tweets”.

“Coronavirus: Emanuele “Assurdo avere escluso gli artisti dagli indennizzi”

Il mondo della cultura sta uscendo a pezzi dalla pandemia. Cosa si sarebbe dovuto fare secondo il Presidente della Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale

Visionarea Art Space returns with new artists and a renovated space

The exhibition by the Italian photographer Massimo Vitale titled Leporello 2020. No Country for Old Men opened the new season at Visionarea art Space, a project which for the fifth consecutive year sees the valuable support of Fondazione Cultura e Arte, an instrumentality of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale chaired by Professor Emmanuel F. M. Emanuele.

Biblical narratives by Chagall displayed in Catanzaro

An exhibition dedicated to the Russian artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985), his relationship with the Jewish religion and his very personal way of reinterpreting the Bible Message in pictorial form will be held in the extraordinary setting of the Complesso Monumentale del San Giovanni, in Catanzaro from the 23rd of May to the 29th of August.

Message from the Chair

From a Welfare State to a ‘Civil’ Welfare model
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro and the role of the Mediterranean region

Terzo Pilastro: the non-profit world as the only valid alternative to the crisis of the State and the market, to meet the inescapable needs of the community.

Fondazione Terzo Pilastro - Internazionale operates in the fields of Health, Scientific Research, Aid to the Underprivileged, Education, Art and Culture and, in the latter sector, acts as a trait d’union between Mediterranean cultures.

Since the Foundation was established for the purpose of paying more attention to the neglected regions of Southern Italy and the Maghreb most of its activities were initially performed in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean Region. In the past two years it has also been engaged in boosting philanthropy and culture in the Near and Middle East.

In fact, everything beautiful surrounding us originated in the Mediterranean region: poetry, literature, art, education, monotheistic religions, philosophy and democracy.  I have focused on this environment ever since I was young.  Some say this is because my personality was certainly influenced by the great leading figures in the history of humanity who lived in Sicily, my homeland, such as Roger II and above all Frederick II, who preferred to be called King of Sicily rather than Holy Roman Emperor or King of Germany and loved the Mediterranean region immensely.  This man embodied all the excellences of human intellect: he was an eminent jurist, a legislator who reformed the administrative structure of the State, a man of letters, poet and a farsighted philanthropist with progressive ideas.  He started the process of integration between the Greek, Latin, Arab and Jewish cultures and even invented a Romance language, to enable communication between the various ethnic groups, and reached agreements, without bloodshed, whereby Christians were allowed to enter Jerusalem… and much more.

Since it was established, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro has accomplished many projects in this regard: first and foremost it has opened several representative offices in the regions of interest (Catania in Sicily; Cosenza in Calabria; Naples in Campania; Rabat in North Africa; Madrid in Spain and finally in Malta), in order see first-hand the local entities and create strategic operative centres in the relevant regions.  Furthermore, over the years the Foundation has created and completed, in a progressively more structured and systematic way, many education or cultural projects of high socio-economic value in most of the Mediterranean basin and subsequently increasingly more towards the East until reaching Russia and China even becoming directly involved, with efficacy, in the neediest countries.  Please refer to the two activities macro-sections named National (Southern Italy) and International (the Mediterranean region and the East), for a detailed and complete survey of the international projects completed by the Foundation in the last decade.

All of these important projects received impressive feedback even if the current, widespread geopolitical crisis is objectively holding back the Foundation’s operations.  We hope that this is just a temporary crisis so we may resume the course we have started as soon as possible, even in the most troubled spots.

Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale