Art Wish Mi is how you can change the city through street art
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Wish Mi is how you can change the city through street art

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Tommaso Berra
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You can look at the city from an infinite number of viewpoints, some see monotony and habit, others
look to the walls of buildings for inspiration, transforming a familiar landscape into a world to be
invent, through imagination and creativity.
Imagination and creativity are two aspects that unite artists and children more than others, both of them
united by the quest to escape with imagination to build their own colourful world. Cities
modern cities need projects that regenerate the urban context and empower individual communities, and especially young people, to define their own needs and dreams about urban space. With this in mind, as part of the UIA project “Wish Mi: Wellbeing Integrated System of Milan”, the experimental system Milano 0.18, co-funded by the European Commission – European Regional Development Fund and developed by the Municipality of Milan, ActionAid Italia, Milan Polytechnic, Milan Polytechnic Foundation, Cattolica University of the Sacred Heart, Cooperativa ABCittà and aimed at boys and girls in Milan, has been set up.
The project is in continuity with the 2021 initiative that saw the artist Mister Thoms create a huge mural in the Comasina-Bruzzano district. The aim of the initiative is to combat educational and juvenile poverty by co-designing and improving the system of services for minors (0-18 years old) and strengthening the link with the city through a number of activities, including the collaboration between the boys and some artists.

Between June and July, a group of young people from the Via Spaventa neighbourhood participated in a creative workshop with the artist La Fille Bertha.
creative workshop together with the artist La Fille Bertha, with the ultimate goal of creating a mural representing the view of the city of the young people living in the area.
The Sardinian artist and illustrator interacted with the children together with ActionAid Italia educators,
identifying the themes that will be realised on one of the walls of the neighbourhood, following the colourful and lively style that characterises the works of La Fille Bertha.
The different visions of the children and their expectations on the future of the city were united in one big homogeneous project. The exchange of experiences was the key moment of the workshop, as the artist’s work could not have been created without the different visions of the young people, who over the past few months have talked about how they live their neighbourhood and how they imagine it in the future.
The artwork to be created by La Fille Bertha will be the final expression of an entire community of young people, activating a close dialogue with Milan and its creative soul. Collater.al in recent months has witnessed the workshops and the way in which the talent of one artist has managed to unite in one great work of street art the thoughts of so many young people. Take a look below at the photos of the days and keep following us to find out what La Fille Bertha’s mural will look like.

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