The role of arts in life and well-being of citizens and their communities
The arts constitute a key component of our society and their role extends far beyond our aesthetic experience; they enhance people’s sense of citizenship and social cohesion and are instrumental in promoting economic development and innovation. In the arts, ancient and new wisdoms, traditional craftsmanship and new technologies, creativity and rigorous thinking converge.

The Accademia Teatro Dimitri and the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana play a strategic role in the axis and, together with the Laboratorio Cultura Visiva and all the other SUPSI’s research units, they support research projects and events focussing on the arts.

The axis emphasizes the importance of artistic practice in all its forms and promotes its investigation by considering every relevant methodological approach.

Artistic research involves a strong connection with the territory and a careful attention to societal changes; its main topics are:

  • The public promotion of culture and the arts.
  • The public access to artistic and cultural products and processes.
  • The mediation between different individuals, experiences and cultural backgrounds.

In order to achieve its objectives, the Axis seeks the collaboration of all the institutional partners present in the territory. A strong link with the associations, museums and cultural institutions working in the region, and a close collaboration with other universities and academic institutions represent a key factor in the promotion of research-related activities that may benefit the territory at regional, national and international level.

Research axis Leader

Massimo Zicari

Working group

Accademia Teatro Dimitri
Veronica Provenzale

Department for Environment Constructions and Design
Michele Amadò
Jean-Pierre Candeloro
Iolanda Pensa

Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care
Claudio Mustacchi

Department of Education and Learning
Michele Mainardi

University Directorship SUPSI
Riccardo Cappelletti