About the Association Spaccio Culturale
The association Spaccio Culturale was established in 2001 when a group of individuals came together with the goal of organizing cultural events in their municipality, Succivo, located in the province of Caserta.
Since its inception, the association has expanded its focus beyond cultural events and delved into the realm of immigration. They began offering Italian language courses and social support services for immigrants. Over time, the association has dedicated more effort towards project planning at the local, national, and European levels.
Their primary objectives now revolve around empowering marginalized groups, providing education opportunities for minors, particularly those from different backgrounds, and enhancing the Italian language skills of foreign adults. Additionally, they offer legal assistance and non-formal education programs for both minors and adults.
Spaccio Culturale operates in the province of Caserta, where the Study Visit will take place. This area has historically faced challenges, including being the birthplace of one of Italy’s most powerful criminal organizations. However, it is also home to resilient civil society responses, represented by various associations and institutions.
The results of the association’s dedicated efforts are evident today. Former properties and spaces once owned by the mafia have been transformed into meeting places and venues for social activities organized by associations and institutions. Some locations even host specialized medical services or innovative agricultural projects.
In many ways, the province of Caserta has become a testing ground for community welfare initiatives and the reuse of assets seized from criminal activities. These efforts aim to promote inclusion by generating job opportunities, offering therapeutic pathways, and creating avenues for marginalized individuals to escape their circumstances.