Palazzi: Florence Association for International Education

About Palazzi

The Fondazione di Partecipazione Palazzi - Florence Association for International Education is a not-profit foundation that manages the projects and activities of the Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI) affiliated with Florence University of the Arts (FUA).

 

The CEMI of the Palazzi Foundation have been created to integrate students within the local culture and economy of Florence. Experiential learning at FUA is practiced and applied through projects and involvement at the CEMI, which are associated to specific FUA academic divisions based on their disciplines. Each CEMI acts as a bridge between the city of Florence and the student body in order to foster an active participation in the community.

 

The term “PALAZZI“ or literally "palaces" is the term most often used in the Florentine and higher education communities to identify the innovative bridge between classroom theory and the opportunity for the student to express learned competencies in a real community-based enterprise. The name Palazzi derives from the fact that Florence University of the Arts, its related schools, and CEMI Community Engagement Member Institutions, are located in beautifully renovated historic palaces well know to the Florentine community and has come to signify the unique urban campus environment.

 

Palazzi is made up of the following CEMI:

 

 

CCIS the Center for Cultural and Italian Studies is located at sQuola. Its efforts are focused on promoting cultural Italian studies through cultural activities, projects, and an annual interdisciplinary conference in conjunction with SUNY Stony Brook.

 

Corridoio Fiorentino is the photography and design gallery located at DIVA and IDEAS that features the works of international photographers as well as of the faculty/student body.

 

Dimora is the school B&B operated by students and faculty of the Apicius Hospitality and Hotel and Lodging Management departments. 

 

F_AIR, Florence Artist in Residence at FUA's School of Fine Arts, is a space for contemporary art in Florence. The facility features a public art gallery and the artist in residence program. The resident artist is directly involved in instruction at the School of Fine Arts.

 

Fedora is the school pastry shop open to the community and operated by the students and faculty of the Apicius Baking and Pastry department.

 

FLY Fashion Loves You is the school retail store operated by FAST, which features emerging designers, high quality vintage, consignment, and student-produced designs. 

 

Ganzo is the Apicius school restaurant open to the community and offers fine dining, art shows, and special events. It is operated by the culinary, wine, and hospitality students and faculty of Apicius.

 

The EntrepreLearn Lab at ISB is dedicated to business and entrepreneurial operations with a specific aim of fostering new ideas and inventions for startup companies. The lab collaborates with the local industrial association of the province of Florence – Confindustria (confindustriafirenze.it).

 

Ingorda for Florence Campus Publishing at the J School operates the publishing projects and products of FUA. It is specialized in volumes on gastronomy, travel, culture, and textbooks, as well as the Blending newsletter and magazine officially registered as a product of journalism in Italy. Ingorda is involved in FUA's publishing projects involving students.

 

Sorgiva is the school spa open to the community and operated by students and faculty of the Apicius Hospitality and Spa Management departments. 

  

For further information on Florence University of the Arts, please visit the institution's website.

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