The opening ceremony of the School of Ancient Arts and Crafts in the Martiri neighbourhood of Ariano Irpino was held on Saturday the 13th of April 2019. The outstanding sponsor was Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, philanthropist and patron of arts, Honorary Chairman of Fondazione Roma and Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale. The Tricolle awarded honorary citizenship to Emanuele for “the high merits acquired in philanthropic activities and as a sign of gratitude for the considerable support of the Museo della Civiltà Normanna (Museum of Norman Civilization) and the Biogen Research Centre.
The opening of the school constitutes the second stage of the original project ‘Opera atque Artificia’ established in 2006 funded by the Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali and based on three branches of crafts: pottery and majolica, carpentry and goldsmithery. Subsequently, between 2015 and 2016 the project, funded by the local government under Mr Gambacorta, saw training courses for ceramists, blacksmiths, confectioners, chocolatiers, ice cream makers and dressmakers.
Investing in arts and crafts is a resource for the young generations. Professor Emanuele commented, “The world is changing due to technology, scores of professions will soon disappear, yet those that hold connotations of the sensitivity of arts and crafts will be more and more significant. I am delighted to see Ariano, with its ancient tradition, investing in project like this.”