Palazzi: Florence Association for International Education
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 Center for Cultural and Italian Studies is located at sQuola’s campus. Its efforts are focused on promoting contemporary Italian studies through cultural activities, projects and an annual interdisciplinary conference in conjunction with SUNY Stony Brook University.
F_AIR Florence Artist in Residence at FUA’s School of Fine Arts (under School of Arts and Sciences), is the residence program for contemporary art in Florence.
FEDORA is the School Pastry shop open to the community operated by the students of the APICIUS Baking and Pastry Department.
GREENMAPPED SERVICE LEARNING is ISB’s initiative for integrating students within local economies. It involves projects such as implementing service learning components to academics and professional experiences beyond the classroom.
INGORDA for Florence Campus Publishing operates the publishing projects and products of Palazzi. It is specialized in volumes on gastronomy, travel, culture, and textbooks. Ingorda is involved in Palazzi’s publishing projects with students.
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