Dynamo Camp is Italy’s first free Recreational Therapy camp for young children and adolescents aged from 7-17, with severe and chronic illnesses, who are either currently in therapy or in a post-hospitalization phase . It is located in Limestre in the Tuscan-Emilian Appennines, in a splendid WWF-affiliated ‘oasis’ where the children have the opportunity to spend some fun-filled, carefree quality time taking part in numerous outdoor activities in direct contact with nature and animals. Here their security and protection is paramount, there is first class medical assistance and they are under constant supervision at all times by qualified professionals.
The children and recreational therapy
Recreational Therapy is the model on which the Camp’s activities are based and The Art Factory has developed a method whereby each phase of the project involves and is adapted to the children’s creative and expressive capabilities. The children set their own pace and limits and are never obliged to attempt anything that at that particular moment in their lives is beyond their capabilities. The artist and a specialized team accompany them on their artistic journey, helping them to express their ideas while they are creating and constructing their inventions. The task of learning while at the same time enjoying themselves requires the children’s commitment and concentration in order to attain that moment of normality and to produce truly satisfying results.
Dynamo Art Factory
The Art Factory is the creative soul of the holiday where the children spend their afternoons creating, designing, drawing, cutting, pasting, modelling and painting and so are exposed to art in an entertaining, instant and stimulating fashion. The artists involved spend a week sharing in the Camp experience to help create one or more collective art works in which their artistic fingerprint is evident but is adapted to the children’s needs.
At every summer session, well-known contemporary artists are invited to the Camp. Here they put their time and talent at the children’s disposal, and concentrate on a project designed to involve our young guests or launch a creative personal “challenge”. The ensuing result is where creative energy and the magic of this location meet. It is a truly incredible experience where the children get a glimpse of the artist’s world, and reciprocate with inspiration and energy.
The art works
The art work is diverse, unique and reflects the children’s spontaneity and the artist’s passion. For those who love art and children, the Dynamo Art Factory is a world of discovery where each work is donated to support Dynamo Camp’s activities.