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@uxilia Foundation - Art for Life




@uxilia non-profit organization founded in 2003 is now a well-established reality of the third sector in social and humanitarian activities in Italy and in other under-developed countries. Humanitarian emergencies, children’s causes, battles against pandemics, health interventions, human rights and equal opportunities, protection and advocacy are the areas of intervention of @uxilia. The purpose of the @uxilia Foundation is to concretely support humanitarian activities of @uxilia non-profit abroad and within Italy. The Foundation is an important tool for implementing the non-profit policy. It has the ability to merge the activities of many actors, public and private, in order to distribute funds; participate in humanitarian projects and to give greater continuity and stability to the concrete actions of @uxilia non-profit. The Foundation is focused in the area of education and training, both training of volunteers of @uxilia non-profit as well as training of other people interested in issues in which @uxilia specializes such as, diplomacy and international negotiation, development cooperation, health cooperation, humanitarian emergency, protection of human rights but also in the promotion of talent and art in the life of each of us. The Foundation will promote in fact many initiatives both in the field of visual and performing arts, music and film. 



Dedicate Your Work to @uxilia Foundation” is the first campaign of @uxilia non-profit that invites artists to dedicate a work of art for humanitarian purposes to help alleviate the suffering caused of humanitarian emergences in developing country and in all sensitive areas. Art and Life are part of an identical natural design which brings us back to man and his dignity. Recognizing the value of art is to recognize the value of humanity. All works dedicated by artists from Italy and abroad to @uxilia (without cost or reserved rights) are to be absorbed by the Foundation and will form a collection of works that will become indispensable heritage of this Foundation. The collection will neither be sold nor dispersed, but will be monetized through exhibitions and reproductions on different types of media (e.g. postcards, posters, gadgets, catalogs etc.). It is the task of the Foundation to promote the works of which it became the sole owner. The artistic heritage of @uxilia Foundation will be offered to a professional curator, with the aim of organizing, periodical, national and international touring exhibitions, so as to combine the values of life and art with the support of population in need.



The foundation is based in Cividale del Friuli - City Unesco in one of the most important cultural historical centers of the Friuli Venezia Giulia. Cividale del Friuli is at the foot of the hills of eastern Friuli, on the banks of the Natisone. The city was founded by Julius Caesar as the Forum Iulii, which later took the name of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia. King Alboino elected immediately by Rome made Forum Iulii the capital of the first Lombard dukedom in Italy. The city was then renamed to Civitas Fori Iulii, or “City of Friuli” and the Lombards erected impressive and prestigious buildings. In 737 the Patriarch of Aquileia Callisto decided to move the headquarters here, and the city had improved its role thanks to this important ecclesiastical presence. Defeated by the Lombards and the Carolingians eastern Friuli was established yet the capital remained and changed name to Civitas Austriae. The patriarchs increased their assets and their power from the beginning of the tenth century and in 1077 became free landowners of the Holy Roman Empire over a vast territory. Thus arose the patriarchal state which lasted until 1419.



The @uxilia Foundation has numerous dedicated offices, equipped for the secretariat, presentations and classrooms, in the monastery of Santa Maria in Valle, one of the most important urban centers of Cividale Lombard which houses the main monumental traces of the period. Construction is planned for one of the most important contemporary art museums in the Region where @uxilia non-profit will have a dedicated room for permanent exhibition of the works of art donated. The restoration and enhancement in the Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle in Cividale del Friuli, thus the spaces of @uxilia Foundation, fall within the framework of projects under the Management Plan for the site UNESCO “Italy Langobardorum - the Power Sites (568-774 AD)” - which enshrined the Monastery and the Temple a World Heritage Site. Currently the programs to improve the monument complex are related to strengthening the role of the Lombard Temple in relations with the city and the definition of re-use of the spaces of the Monastery Museum of art. The goal of making the Monastery as the place of reference for the entire city suggests a possible re-use oriented to the establishment of a multi-purpose Cultural Centre which will include activities at different levels of interest and enjoyment.



The Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle and the Lombard Temple were declared a World Heritage Site in 2011 as part of the serial site “Italian Longobardorum - The Power Sites (568-774)”. The site includes the Italian places that have preserved the most important monumental and artistic testimonies of the period and that express the universality of the Lombard culture at its peak. The area of the valley in which the Monastery was developed, was to be a marginal area of Roman Cividale. Precisely the area where the monastery lies since the Middle Ages, at least since the Lombards, was one of the key points of the city. The data brought to light by modern excavations in several parts of the Monastery witness a significant phase of existence that developed approximately from the sixth century. The Monastery is mentioned for the first time in written sources in 830 in a diploma of Lotario and Lodovico with which the Carolingian emperors granted the Patriarch of Aquileia the jurisdiction of the Benedictine nunnery of Santa Maria, located within the city walls.



The inauguration



The Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle 




Lombard Temple 




The rooms



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