Nant: children and elderly people united around a cultural project

Nant: children and elderly people united around a cultural project
Nant: children and elderly people united around a cultural project

For the second year in a row, the Larzac et Vallées intercommunal media library, the Roc Nantais public school and the EHPAD Résidence des Deux Vallées have joined forces in a process of artistic creation and cultural transmission between children and the elderly.

Process during which a common intellectual and artistic production emerged while being part of a logic of sharing with the actors of the artistic and cultural life of the territory.

Through several intergenerational meetings structured around thematic workshops, children and residents created a unique book, made up of the stories, photographs and artistic productions of its authors, young and old. They proudly presented it at the 2024 “Engraving and Micropublishing Show” in May in Nant, an institution that has become a reference for professionals and the public for several years. This work of artistic and memorial creation will then be presented at the school, then will join the media library and continue its work of sharing by being exhibited in several relay libraries in the region. This last point is particularly important for all the partners who see in their collaboration the means of revitalizing a rural territory that is by nature isolated and far from places of culture.

Many projects in the pipeline

The idea is not only to bring culture to these very different audiences, students, residents of the EHPAD and by extension all the inhabitants of the Community of Communes, but also to make them actors in their cultural appropriation . Marie-Joëlle, Camille and Tommy (respectively from the media library, the school and the Deux Vallées residence), the project leaders, had a clear and noble objective: “We hope that children and residents themselves become creators of a culture, which they discover rich and abundant because it is nourished by the extreme diversity of their backgrounds.”

The trio does not intend to stop there: “This ambition will not stop at the doors of the Show, as we have noticed with previous collaborations, numerous cultural and sharing acts naturally result from this: increased attendance at the media library, visibility of the EHPAD in the heart of the village become a reality for children and their parents, in particular thanks to real bonds of affection established between our different audiences. Local museums were also able to benefit from this spotlight thanks to the visits organized with children and residents.

A magnificent project celebrated during this wonderful local event that was this 6th edition of the engraving and micropublishing fair. A micro edition, certainly, but what a scale!

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