The partnership between FILA-Giotto and the Florence Children's Museum continues. FILA - Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini, a 100% Italian company and owner of the Giotto brand name, continues to pay homage to its native city, to one of its most respected institutions and, at the same time, to children to whom it has dedicated its expertise in the world of colour over the years, with a view to fostering creativity and expressive skills.
For years now, FILA's collaboration with the Children's Museum has been working on promoting didactic initiatives for children and adolescents. Of particular interest are the workshop activities on colour and drawing, like Painting frescoes during the 15th and 16th Centuries, which became one of the most frequently requested workshops offered by the Museum, and the Tale of the Turtle with a Sail, which combined the themes of colour and drawing with the stimulation of individual creative meditation through thematic workshops where the students were encouraged to invent their own business with Giotto materials.
Furthermore, as the institutional partner of Palazzo Vecchio, FILA has contributed to the creation of the book entitled Tale of the Turtle with a Sail that, in collaboration with the Public Education Board of the City of Florence, was distributed free of charge to all state and private pre-schools and primary schools (1st and 2nd grades) in Florence.
FILA, a firm that has been creating quality products capable of intelligently stimulating the imagination and creativity of children whole-heartedly for the past 90 years whole-heartedly embraces the intention of The Tale of the Turtle with a Sail to bring children closer to our history, so they may wonder at it and be stimulated to learn more (as the Museum motto says: "Wonder is the seed of knowledge").
Duke Cosimo de' Medici had, among his many undertakings, the turtle with a sail, the illustration of which was captioned by the motto "Festina lente", which literally means "Hurry up slowly". This concept is illustrated countless times throughout Palazzo Vecchio in many different shapes and styles, but always with the same purposing of recalling two fundamental talents of this statesman: that of being able to accurately weigh decisions to be made and, therefore, act quickly and decisively.
For those who - like the Children's Museum - work every day inside Palazzo Vecchio, the turtle with the sail has long become a friendly presence and constant reminder of how we decide to act. In fact, we believe that in today's world, where rushing about has become a sort of imperative even if the whys and wherefores are not clear - which erodes the time we have to reflect, to think, to converse, and to listen, every day - it is necessary to ask the museum implement the age-old method of Duke Cosimo with contemporary means. Above all, to take enough time to reflect seriously on our decisions as a turtle would.
Our Logo - which represents a turtle with a stylised sail - has a new motto: wonder is the seed of knowledge, from a famous quote of Sir Francis Bacon. These few words define how to truly know something - with both the mind and the heart -we must know how to wonder at ourselves, our capacities, and the world around us, without forgetting that wonder is a powerful sensation of infancy, when everything is new and magical, and life itself is nothing short of a miracle.
It is our hope and our commitment to make a small contribution to today's children so that they may discover and wonder at the memories of our past, and to adults so that they may rediscover wonder through the eyes of their children, even in the museum.