The Playing Project of the city of Turin represents a combination of services and activities that aims at diffusion of playing culture in every expression: from street play to toy construction, from collecting to inventions and discoveries; the project includes organisation and management of several initiatives and spaces accessible to the public of all ages giving back to playing experience an essential rule in growing individuals.
Playing assumes value of creative liberty and autonomy, a mean to interpersonal and social communication within town layout where the dimension of spaces gets an essential role and satisfies that need - right that so often was denied by times and rhythms of urban life.
The project is realised on urban territory by different institutions realising interventions between school and family, institutions and private dimension, educational projects and market production.
Primary goal is offering children and parents as well a possibility to use spaces where to give continuity to culture, to joy of making, to liberty of play; meeting points and exchange of experiences to recover times and spaces from a rich tradition without to neglect new possibilities that technology offers.
A place to train and to document, a museum, workshop, exposition space, and a place to meet and interchange. It gives a concrete example to persons of every age and competence what playing culture means: trips at museums that tell about playing through history and different cultures, studies' laboratories and realisation of plays and toys, theme expositions on temporary and permanent base, collections and audio - visual documents for research, information and spaces to play. The center organizes guided visits of any type and level to schools, parents, operators, educators, promoters, and teachers. Interchange of playing experiences are accepted and proposed again on the city's territory through services that "Progetto Gioco offers".
Aliossi and Cirimela - names of traditional popular plays - are two play centers open to the public that meet the joy of street playing again re-discovering those plays of playing tradition often forgotten and producing toys using cheap materials.
Play in hospital: the city of Turin offers this service to children - teenagers and their families using play as an element of continuity between stay at hospital and life outside that continuos regularly.
Aquilone, San Giocondo, Serendipity, Drago Volante are four toy libraries present on Turin's territory that open to the public of all ages. They offer free public service as a everybody's right of autonomy, emancipation and education; these spaces offer new opportunities and tangible recognition in a protected and limited space to children. Free playing apart, users can enjoy a large number of creative and productive activities (laboratories, animation, guided visits, and advice) that involve adults and children favouring culture of play.
The Turin Playing in Hospital Group is part of the PLAY Project, which includes the territorial Municipal Services for leisure time. The municipal teacher members operate at two great city hospitals: the O.I.R.M., for children only and the Paediatrics Ward of the Martini Hospital.
The service is one of Turin Municipality educational offers and was born as an experiment in 1982, becoming consolidated in time as an education project shared by the organisations hosting it and is currently supported by a convention underwritten by the two organisations involved.
It includes play areas in 8 paediatric wards managed by 15 municipal teachers with specific training and constantly updated, who where added last school year to the training programme for volunteers belong to various associations.
The opportunity offered by application of Law 285/97 with a specific call for tenders enabled satisfying the demand for extending existing services and designing new innovative projects.
Maria Carla Rizzolo
Via Fiesole 15, Torino 10151 - Italy