Another tour of workshops for children held at the manors looked after by Pro Patrimonio – Perticari- Davila Manor in Izvoru village, Neamțu Manor in Olari village and Golescu villa in Câmpulung – has come to an end. This second tour was coordinated by our generous Andreea Machidon supported by dedicated and special volunteers. For the very first time, we would like to thank one of the mothers, Daniela Marchidan, who has worked with patience and care with the children as well as with her 10-year old son. They have helped not only in the organization, but also in the process of creating objects. We also give our warm thanks to the extremely creative and fun Isabella Madauna, architecture student.
The theme of this tour around the manors was getting close to and understanding nature and natural elements by means of observation and reinterpreted drawing. The teams of children from the three manors managed to paint botanical elements on lunch-box type pouches suitable for gatehring plants, leaves or nuts and which will soon be on sale. They also designed their own pencil-case type minipouches for school which they personalized using the stamp technique after having made their ow FIMO stamps.
They managed to create an adorable series of colourful agendas using a simple method of book binding. These are to be their private agendas with modules they can change by themselves once they run out of clean pages. A very useful instrument for their future creative development is the notion of font that they found out about and which they exercised on their new agendas. The work was done outside in Neamțu Manor and Golescu Villa, the children fully enjoying nature, while at Izvoru the workshop took place inside the canteen rebuilt during the former workshops.
Tour of the Manors is the second from the series this year and is part of a more ample Pro Patrimonio Foundation project, Education for Heritage undergo this year under the umbrella of the European Year of Cultural Heritage #EuropeForCulture, #EYCH2018
Semințe de conac (Mansion seeds) is a project that involves collaboration between Pro Patrimonio and the children from Izvoru Commune, Arges County. Together we try to design a place for creative activities and others in the Perticari Davila Mannor Complex dedicated to the entire community.
Pro Patrimonio developed an itinerant project that announces the coming of winter holidays through a series of creative and educational workshops for children in communities bordering the mansions and monuments where they operate: Neamţu Mansion from Olari, Perticari-Davila Mansion from Izvoru and Villa Golescu from Câmpulung.
As a result, under the guidance of architect Andreea Machidon, the children made a limited collection of handmade objects that are found annually at the Christmas Fair of the Verona Bookstore in Bucharest. And in 2017, the Christmas decorations made by the children from Izvoru during the activities organized by Pro Patrimonio for the preservation and bringing to light of the Perticari Mansion were available at the bookstore Cărturești in Bucharest. They have been purchased at the price of a donation that goes to support the Foundation’s projects.
Under the coordination of Pro Patrimonio Foundation and with the help of volunteers, a series of events took place between 2015-2016: exhibitions about the history and cultural value of the Perticari-Davila Estate, film screenings, games, discussions, creative-educational workshops, exhibition of the Perticari family, drawing activities, sports and first aid courses, etc. Much of this has occurred in the basement of the small mansion where the Izvoru community has attended events.
In 2016, Pro Patrimonio also got involved in the school program Școala Altfel: at our architecture course we drew our own homes, investigated local materials, and created the model of our colleague’s house using the resources available in Izvoru. The dance course has raised much interest and curiosity among both the younger and the elder.
The Mannor House Club (Clubul conac) for young children changed its quarters in the place of the former canteen on the Perticari-Davila estate. The canteen dating from the communist period is one of the village’s landmarks, a well-known place, used only to a small degree.
Pro Patrimonio Foundation started the redesign works on this new place together with the children from Izvoru. The children were able to contribute directly to drafting and creating a space they will use in the future for workshops and events.
On 27 May 2017 the The Perticari-Davila Estate Association organized the inauguration of the local farm with guest speakers: arch. Raluca Munteanu, program coordinator for Pro Patrimonio; Mrs. Irina Ghica Cantacuzino, owner of the estate, Mrs. Clarisse Deniau, the president of the association, Nicolas Triboi, director of the association, and Mr. Claudiu Neguţ, mayor of Izvoru commune, Arges county. The event was followed by the blessing of the manor and the farm, a visit of the historic park and the production area and the presentation of a photo exhibition.
The Perticari-Davila Estate Associationwas born in November 2016 out of the desire to bring back to life an important historical estate that has been left behind in recent years. Since then, cultural and local heritage activities have been organized and this year the foundations for a vegetable, organic, and productive farm have been set. The Association brings to light the local cultural heritage and landscape in order to define a truly viable economic, innovative and autonomous model that can provide a dynamic shift to rural areas that are often lacking in vision.
The historical park of the Davila-Perticari Estate in Izvoru, Argeş County and its organic farm open its doors throughout the year to all those who want to join the association. The association wants to be productive, and in its basket one finds not just vegetables, but also the values of its vision of the world: it supports and develops proximity agriculture, encourages local labor force; favors urban and rural ties between consumer and producer, and participates in the training of organic farming specialists.
George Enescu House in Mihăileni and Neamţu Manor in Olari – Educational Centers for Local Communities
Casa George Enescu din Mihăileni și Conacul Neamţu din Olari, centre educaționale pentru comunitățile locale
Ghidul Salva-Monument. Un proiect în cadrul „In-Herit – Centrul național de informare și promovare a patrimoniului cultural”.
Salva-Monument Guide. A project within “In-Herit – National Center for Information and Promotion of Cultural Heritage”.
Forgotten Textures: Inter-war Bucharest. Plastering Recipe Book, Pro Patrimonio 2019/ second edition, 2021/ [excerpt]
Who’s Afraid of the Matache Neighbourhood? Principles of Urban Regeneration for the Matache Area – Bucharest North Railway Station / Pro Patrimonio 2012
Education for heritage. Guide to ideas and explorations for the built and natural heritage and crafts / Pro Patrimonio 2019