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Friday November 26, 2021
Teatro dell'architettura in Mendrisio

Culture and Health.
Humanisation of care and its spaces

14:45 – 15:00
Guest registration

15:00 - 15:15
Institutional greetings

15:15 - 15:30
Prof. Walter Angonese,
Director and Dean, of Accademia di architettura USI

15:30 - 15:45
Luigi Di Corato,
Director Cultural Division, City of Lugano

15:45 - 16:05
Prof. Riccardo Blumer,
Accademia di architettura USI
Space feet, hands, words

16:05 - 16:25
Prof. Quintus Miller,
Accademia di architettura USI
Architecture is memory

16:25 - 16:45
Coffee break

16:45 - 17:05
Tobia Bezzola,
Director MASI Lugano
Art at the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale of Lugano

17:05 - 17:25
Prof. Dr. Michael Grotzer,
University of Zurich
James Turrell at the Kinderspital Zurich

17:25 - 17:45
Antti Ikonen,
Lecturer of sound design and music Aalto University
Soundscape at the childen’s hospital Helsinki

17:45 - 18.15
Q&A and conclusion



Saturday November 27, 2021
LAC Lugano Art and Culture

Culture and Health.
Scientific evidences and best practices

09:45 – 10:00
Guest registration

10:00 - 10:15
Institutional greetings

10:15 - 10:45
Nils Fietje,
Research Officer, Behavioural and Cultural Insights Unit, WHO Regional Office for Europe
Can you singe your way to better health?

10:45 - 11:15
Prof. Enzo Grossi,
Curator of the course Culture and Health USI
The value of the Arts for Wellness and Health. What scientific evidence to guide policy actions?

Best practices

11:15 -11:45
Rosie Dow,
Director at Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
A UK best practice

11:45 - 12:15
Isabella Lenzo and Aglaia Haritz,
Lugano Arte e Cultura
Culture as an engine of inclusion and well-being. The example of LAC edu

12:15 - 12:30

12.30 - 13:30
Lunch break by Fondazione Diamante

13:30 - 13.50
Catterina Seia,
Medicina a Misura di Donna Foundation,
Advisory board IBSA Foundation
Arts, flourishing of people and community.
Research-action at the S. Anna Hospital in Turin

Case studies: a territory in action

13:50 - 14:00
Introduction: Call for case studies

14:00 - 14:20
Patrizia Nalbach,

14:20 - 14:40
Paolo Paolantonio,
Music in the community

14:40 - 15:00
Roberta Pedrinis,
Art therapy in the rehabilitation of the cancer patient

15.00 - 15:15
Rita Pezzati,
Theatricality meets the world of dementia: TINCONTRONLINE

15.15 - 15:30
Patrizia Berger,
Neighbourhood theatre

15:30 - 16:00
Q&A and conclusion

Tea and cookies

Riccardo Blumer

Riccardo Blumer

Graduated in Architecture from the Milan Polytechnic and trained in Mario Botta’s office. He has designed numerous buildings, exhibitions and furnishings, and taught for many years. In particular, his design works have received prestigious recognition.

He works in groups such as Blumerandfriends, in which he devised the “Physical Exercises of Design and Architecture”, permanent and temporary exhibits, teaching exercises, conferences and seminars.

Professor at the Academy of Architecture USI since 2013.

Since 2017 to 2021 he is director of the Academy of Architecture, USI in Mendrisio where he is professor of “Architectural Design” and “Introduction to the creative process”.

Space feet, hands, words

Friday November 26, 2021, 15:45 – 16:05

Over the last 10 years or so, Riccardo Blumer's first-year atelier, which has involved between 70 and 120 students per semester, has always worked on the idea of "direct" and "temporary" architectural production carried out by the collegial "body" of students. Through specially made "instruments" and with sequential movement orders organized by voice, steps or "processions", relationships of meaning between space and the human social activities related to it have been experimented in a physical and direct way.


Quintus Miller

A graduate in architecture from the ETH Zurich, Quintus Miller has worked closely with Paola Maranta at Miller & Maranta in Basel since 1994.

He is a member of various commissions, including the City of Lucerne's urban planning commission and Zurich's monument conservation commission, and is also a member of the Monuments Council of the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

Visiting professor at EPF Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Quintus Miller has been a full professor at the Academy of Architecture of the University of Lugano since 2009.

In 2013, Quintus Miller and Paola Maranta were awarded the Meret-Oppenheim Prize from the Federal Office of Culture, and in 2018 they received the internationally renowned "Heinrich Tessenow-Medaille" award from the society of the same name.

Architecture is memory

Friday November 26, 2021, 16:05 – 16:25

For thousands of years, people have organised their living space in such a way as to protect themselves as much as possible from the rigours of nature and to improve the quality of daily life. The profession of architects is concerned with giving living space a structure and shape that is appropriate to today's lifestyle. They transform the land into a cultural landscape and a built environment that provides our society with appropriate spaces for family, daily work, cultural activities, politics and communal rituals. If these spatial structures correspond in their form and expression to people's needs, then a sense of well-being is established. This is preferably in the area of what is familiar to us. Humanity's striving for a constant improvement of the living situation requires a willingness to take risks that lead to something new. The architects' search for a future and better environment moves between these poles.


Tobia Bezzola

After graduating in philosophy and history of art from the University of Zurich, Tobia Bezzola obtained his doctorate with a thesis on Kant, Fichte and Hegel and, from 1992 to 1995, held the prestigious position of assistant to Harald Szeemann.

Appointed curator and head of the exhibition program at the Kunsthaus Zurich, he curated more than thirty exhibitions, including monographic shows on Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and thematic exhibition projects.

In 2013 he is called to direct the Folkwang Museum in Essen, one of the most important museum institutions in Germany and at European level, devoting particular attention to the relationship with the different stakeholders involved and to the development of the public and collateral activities.

Since January 2018 he has been Director of the Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana and since 2021 he has been teaching contemporary art history at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio.

Art at the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale of Lugano

Friday November 26, 2021, 16:45 – 17:05

Born in 2017 from a collaboration between the Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale and private individuals, the exhibition project "In the public eye" originated from shared reflections among artists, architects, art historians and physicians, regarding the presence of works of art in daily life and in places of care, a theme that has been developed for years in many countries with experiences of various nature and breadth.

The presence of works of art in the public spaces of the hospital, in a context where feelings of fragility and vulnerability are experienced, can offer emotional support to those who are hospitalized, those who work there or those who visit, especially because art can communicate at a deep level that cannot be reached by words.


Michael Grotzer

Prof. Grotzer is a full professor of pediatrics at the University of Zurich (UZH) and medical director of the University Children's Hospital Zurich.

After studying medicine at the University of Zurich and working in pediatrics and oncology at the University Children's Hospital Zurich, he worked as a researcher at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (USA).

After returning to Zurich, he was promoted to Chief, Division Head of Oncology and Head of the Center for Oncology, Hematology, Immunology and Stem Cell Transplantation.

In his role, he is responsible for leadership and management of the areas of Medicine, Surgery and Research and Teaching.

The strategic development of services to ensure highly specialized patient care and the education and training of physicians in training are all under his responsibility.

Michael Grotzer has received numerous awards for his research activities: including the Friedrich Götz Award from the University of Zurich and the SIOP (International Society of Pediatric Oncology) Award, among others.

James Turrell at the Kinderspital Zurich

Friday November 26, 2021, 17:05 – 17:25

When dealing with particularly stressful situations, patients, relatives and the staff themselves need special support.

Together with world-renowned artist James Turrell, Zurich Children's Hospital has created a special place that offers space for peace and inspiration, joy and happiness, as well as sadness and consolation.

It is a walk-in room with an elliptical light source. Visitors are immersed in light that slowly changes color and elicits thoughts and feelings. This creates a unique and personal lighting effect, just a "My Light".


Antti Ikonen

Antti Ikonen works at Aalto University as a lecturer in sound design and music, head of Sound in New Media Master studies and member of the Sound and Physical Interaction research group.

Ikonen's work covers music and sound design for a wide range of different types of media, performance and artwork, including contemporary dance, theater, short films, radio dramas, art installations and new media.

His current research involves the soundscape at New Children's Hospital in Helsinki, designed and built by Ikonen and his students.

In 2019, the Soundscape project was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Sound Awards in Hamburg, Germany.

Soundscape at the Childen’s Hospital Helsinki

Friday November 26, 2021, 17:25 – 17:45

The Soundscape Design for New Children's Hospital in Helsinki was commissioned with the hospital's construction project; consequently, the Soundscape was born with the hospital and follows the visual themes of each floor creating a relaxing sound environment for the children and staff.

Sound is reproduced through 60 speakers located in the hospital's halls. It is designed to be heard only in rooms where children are present and the sounds produced change constantly.


Nils Fietje

Nils Fietje is a Research Officer at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with a background in English Literature and the Cultural History of Medicine. Prior to working at WHO, he was a Senior Adviser at the Wellcome Trust (UK), helping to expand its funding portfolio in the health humanities.

Within the Behavioural and Cultural Insights Unit at WHO's Regional Office for Europe, he is leading the organisation’s efforts to understand how cultural contexts affect and interact with health and well-being.

It is the first systematic research initiative at WHO to investigate the way in which culture impacts on access, efficacy, and perception of health and well-being.

Recently, the project has developed a particular focus on arts and health, having published the first-ever WHO report on the evidence base for arts and health interventions.

Can you singe your way to better health?

Saturday November 27, 2021, 10:15 – 10:45

Engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health. This is a key conclusion of a report from the WHO Regional Office for Europe published in 2019, analysing the evidence from over 900 global publications – the most comprehensive review of evidence on arts and health to date. This keynote will describe how the arts and health movement is gaining traction in the WHO European Region, what WHO is doing to support Member States who are interested in working with arts and health interventions, and what still needs to happen on a political level before arts and health can become an integrated part of health care system throughout Europe.


Enzo Grossi

Physician, researcher, Scientific Advisor of the National Technology Cluster ALISEI of Sciences for Life, Scientific Director of the Institute of Child Neuropsychiatry Villa Santa Maria di Tavernerio (Como), Professor of culture and health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turin.

He has taught the same subject at IULM in Milan and Alma mater studiorum in Bologna.

Founding member of the Cultural Welfare Centre of Turin.

Consultant of IBSA Foundation for the Culture and Health project and coordinator of the course at USI.

The value of the Arts for Wellness and Health. What scientific evidence to guide policy actions?

Saturday November 27, 2021, 10:45 – 11:15

The theme of arts, cultural participation, and health has emerged in recent years in a very overpowering way.

Scientific advances that initially developed independently, have subsequently converged very strongly in a context in which bio-psycho-social science, the science of wellbeing, the science of stress, neuroimaging techniques and the science of beauty have allied themselves.

This context allowed to realize how solid and credible is the scientific evidence of the role of art and culture in health promotion and to define that it is time to transform these good practices into a lucid political strategy aiming at a new welfare.


Rosie Dow

Rosie serves on the board directors of the Alliance for Culture, Health and Wellness. Her role is voluntary and supports the organization in governance, strategy and development.

Rosie also works for the Nesta Innovation Foundation, which leads an Arts and Health program in Wales focused on growing, highlighting, and supporting creative health and wellness projects.

Previously, Rosie led Tenovus Cancer Care's "Sing with Us" choirs, Military Wives Choirs, and Breathe Arts Health Research, a social enterprise that brings music, magic, dance, and other arts to hospitals and communities.

She completed an MA in Anthropology and Community Arts at Goldsmiths University of London in 2018, wrote a book on the benefits of singing, and has worked on research projects exploring the impact of singing on biological, psychological, and social markers.

A UK best practice

Saturday November 27, 2021, 11:15 – 11:45

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) is a British organization , which supports all those who believe that culture and creativity can transform our health and well-being. CHWA has nearly 6,000 members representing a mix of freelance creatives, arts, cultural and heritage organisations, health and social care colleagues, researchers and local and national policy makers.

We will explore how the Organisation works to support the culture, health and wellbeing sector across England, as well as some case studies of organisations that are helping to tackle the key social challenges of our time, from climate change to health equity.


Isabella Lenzo

Graduated in Literature at the University of Lausanne, Isabella then works at the Cultural Services of the City of Bologna and the City of Lausanne, and holds a mandate at Christie's International auction house in Geneva and Lugano.

She obtains a Master's degree in Educational Services for the Artistic Heritage, Historical Museums and Visual Arts at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan.

Scientific collaborator of the Department of Cultural Activities, she is also in charge of structuring the Educational Activities Sector.

In this field she is in charge of planning and coordinating didactic and educational activities for visual arts, ethnic arts, theater and the Historical Archives.

For the Museo delle Culture curates annually, the educational project exhibition and publishing "Dèibambini", dedicated to the relationship between ethnic arts, child creativity and pedagogy.

In 2014 she has the task of structuring the educational offer of the future cultural center LAC Lugano e cultura, which will give life to the project LAC edu and, from the following year, she is appointed head of cultural mediation activities of the LAC.

Culture as an engine of inclusion and well-being. The example of LAC edu

Saturday November 27, 2021, 11:45 – 12:15

Since its inauguration in 2015, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura has been sensitive to the theme of inclusion, thanks also to the support of the IT Foundation for the Promotion of the Disabled Person (FIPPS), which has made available to the cultural center a person who deals with projects and research in the area of accessibility to culture for all.

Over the years, collaborations have been implemented that embrace different artistic disciplines (art, music, theater, dance), involving the institutions of the territory with moments of meeting and targeted activities.

The pandemic has also shown the opportunity to activate proposals that would promote wellness through art. It will present the path taken so far and give a glimpse into the future.


Aglaia Haritz

Graduated from the National High School of Art (ENSA) in Limoges, Aglaia Haritzhas lived in Berlin and Zurich as an artist and has led the social-art project "Embroiderers of Actuality", often travelling to countries around the Mediterranean.

She has worked for several associations dealing with people with diversity in Switzerland and Germany and has been trained in art therapy at the Institute for Humanistic Art Therapy in Zurich, based on Bettina Egger's method. 

In 2018 she obtained the LOM diploma (solution-oriented painting) and in 2016 the POM certificate (person-oriented painting).

Since 2017 she has been working as a referent for accessibility and inclusion at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, collaborating in particular with the Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI).

Culture as an engine of inclusion and well-being. The example of LAC edu

Saturday November 27, 2021, 11:45 – 12:15

Since its inauguration in 2015, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura has been sensitive to the theme of inclusion, thanks also to the support of the IT Foundation for the Promotion of the Disabled Person (FIPPS), which has made available to the cultural center a person who deals with projects and research in the area of accessibility to culture for all.

Over the years, collaborations have been implemented that embrace different artistic disciplines (art, music, theater, dance), involving the institutions of the territory with moments of meeting and targeted activities.

The pandemic has also shown the opportunity to activate proposals that would promote wellness through art. It will present the path taken so far and give a glimpse into the future.


Catterina Seia

A pioneer in cultural cross-over, since the beginning of her professional career she has been working on the empowerment of People, Organisations and Communities by connecting Arts and Science. Since 2010, after a managerial career in top positions, she has chosen to engage in cultural-based social innovation, joining Fondazione Fitzcarraldo - a cultural policy research organisation.

She works in highly complex social contexts and infrastructures, accompanying public institutions and philanthropic bodies in the design of policies and strategies in favour of the most vulnerable.

Dal 2009 contribuisce alla nascita di Fondazione Medicina a Misura di Donna, con sede all’Ospedale S. Anna di Torino, di cui è Vice Presidente e con la quale ha attivato dieci anni fa un percorso sulla relazione tra “Cultura e Salute”, caso di letteratura.

Nel 2020 fonda, con figure di riferimento di diversi ambiti disciplinari, CCW- Cultural Welfare Center, il primo centro di competenza italiano in tema ed è membro dell’advisory board di IBSA Foundation.

Arts, flourishing of people and community.
Research-action at the S. Anna Hospital in Turin

Saturday November 27, 2021, 13:30 – 13:50

The Art of Living. In 2009, the doctors of the S. Anna Hospital in Turin invited civil society to work alongside the institutions, first and foremost the University and the Health Authority, to imagine places of care that respond to the wishes of caregivers, patients and their families.

The Fondazione Medicina a Misura di Donna (Foundation "Medicine on a Woman's scale") was created, whose charter expresses the connection between the Arts, Science and Technology for People's Health. With an action-research project on the virtuous relationship between "Culture and Health", the Foundation has contributed to transforming the face and organisational climate of one of the oldest and largest hospitals in Europe dedicated to women.

From the history of the Foundation, CCW-Cultural Welfare Center was born, the first centre of competence on the subject in Italy.
A case, which goes beyond the hospital and the city, moves a macro-region and inspires policies.

Patrizia Nalbach


Saturday November 27, 2021, 14:00 – 14:20

Born in 2014 as a result of studies and work experience in the social, artistic and cultural field of its creator and conductor Patrizia Nalbach, mediator, singer and music therapist, Scintille (Sparks) is a project aimed at people with cognitive impairment at the onset of senility, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

It intends - through Art and the creation of new stories by the participants - to encourage as much as possible the integration of people with dementia, together with their families, in that relational, social and cultural framework that everyone needs to live, according to the cultural realities of the territory and the places of care in it.

Paolo Paolantonio

Music in the community

Saturday November 27, 2021, 14:20 – 14:40

This project is based on a programme of 10 group music sessions involving residents in homes for the elderly and conservatory students, and aims to investigate the experience of the participants and any perceived effects on health and well-being.

Each session was conducted by a teacher from the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana supported by students who received specific training. The musical activities were based on singing and the use of appropriate percussion instruments. The sessions also included short performances by the students.

After a preliminary study involving 20 residents of 6 homes for the elderly in Ticino (average age 84.6) with the aim of exploring how residents access music and what function it plays in their lives, the music programme was implemented in 4 facilities in Ticino, involving 22 residents (average age 83.6) and 9 students in the data collection.

Roberta Pedrinis

Art therapy in the rehabilitation of the cancer patient

Saturday November 27, 2021, 14:40 – 15:00

This study aims to compare the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary oncology rehabilitation program and explore participants' subjective experience and perceived benefits through art therapy.

The study shows that the intervention of art therapy in the context of cancer rehabilitation can help cancer patients with different clinical profiles, different personal characteristics, and needs by implementing a feasible, cost-effective, and efficient tool.

Rita Pezzati

Theatricality meets the world of dementia: TINCONTRONLINE

Saturday November 27, 2021, 15:00 – 15:15

The project aims to create an innovative practice using theater, breathing and gentle movement techniques for groups of people with Alzheimer's and their family caregivers.

The TIncontronline project offers online sessions through the proposal of videos based on emotional and body stimulation activities.

The caregiver and the patient are accompanied to discover a point of view that explores people's behaviors and emotionality.

The novelty lies in the creation of an amalgam of languages that integrates the communicative and expressive potential of theater with the knowledge and the technical psychotherapeutic look to obtain a precision in the offer and a depth in the work.

Patrizia Berger

Neighbourhood theatre

Saturday November 27, 2021, 15:15 – 15:30

Neighborhood Theater is a play that shares and stages stories of family members and people who live with the condition of neuro-diversity, in a sort of imaginary journey that brought us to significant events that have marked our history.

A journey to discover the mysterious universe of the autistic spectrum, but above all the emotions, desires, dreams in order to feed the hope of a happy life despite the diagnosis.

Art as a means of healing from the wounds that cause us the daily confrontation with the communicative limitation of our children.