On Saturday, December 10th, 2022, we were invited by ATLAS CENTRE to the TouchingArt event at the “Museo della Ceramica di Deruta” (Deruta Ceramics Museum).
We left from the Borgonovo parking lot in Perugia at 9:20 am heading towards Deruta.
After half an hour, we arrived and were immediately welcomed by the Assessor Piero Montagnoli and the guide Daniela Durastanti. It was nice to be expected and welcomed.
The first impression of the museum was nothing short of impressive – a warm and welcoming complex where the history of the building and modernity of the interiors blend so expertly as to leave anyone in awe.
After a brief theoretical preparation, Matteo, one of our boys, tackles the task of guiding visitors through the museum’s works and content, alongside the expert guide Daniela Durastanti. He accompanies a large and diverse group, including our boys, who follow with interest.
After finishing the museum tour, we moved to the multimedia room, where the art therapist Rosa Santoro from ATLAS CENTRE presented to all the attendees the activities that the center offers with the use of multimedia technological tools that allow the application of virtual and augmented reality, on which ATLAS develops many of its therapeutic paths.
Augmented reality allows an immersive experience that many of the attendees wanted to experiment with, literally entering an image projected on the screen, which the software is able to break down and allow the involved subject to manipulate by moving their body in space or simply vocalizing out loud.
The experience is extremely engaging even as entertainment, and it’s exciting to think about the impact that such technologies have on individuals with particular cognitive and behavioral difficulties, as explained by Art therapist Rosa Santoro.
It was a morning filled with new experiences for us and our chaperones, and it flew by quickly.
To end the morning on a high note, we took a stroll through the beautiful center of Deruta, where we took the obligatory photo under the world’s largest ceramic Christmas tree.
Until the next adventure of the Brigata!