Having worked in this area for ten years, we have always been confident in its potential and in the possibilities that could arise with the right push. In recent years, we have met theater and dance groups, which have nowhere to perform, three marching bands, forced to rehearse in abandoned warehouses, photography associations, language centers and many students who have nowhere to study, where to borrow books or watch a movie.
This is why we decided that the most sensible investment, apparently crazy, had to be to buy a space to donate to the community that has been hosting us for ten years.
Our initial idea was to buy a property to be transformed into the first House of Culture in Amantea, a space open to all citizens and aimed in particular at young people, the most in need of community spaces and the most penalized by their lack.
Therefore, we prepared a survey to understand what they really needed, addressed to people up to 25 years old, school and university students, and young workers, structured with questions that would help us understand their needs.
We collected a sample of 150 valid responses, representative of our target audience. From the questionnaire, it emerged that 92% of Amantea’s students are forced to study at home, highlighting problems such as distraction, lack of a fast connection and a personal desk. 91% of them replied that they would go to a study room or library if there were. Through proposals structured on scales of values, we found the need by many students for quiet spaces, centrally located in Amantea, with internet connection and where they can socialize with other people of their age.
70% of them expressed their desire for a library where they can also borrow books and comics. 92% of young people also expressed the desire to have a movie theater, while all those who practice artistic disciplines such as music, dance and theater (about 25% of the total) declared to be willing to use a space dedicated to rehearsals.
Starting from this information, we began to imagine the space, which would include the offices of the organization, a study / library room, with 10 desks with PC stations available for the public, a large multipurpose amplified room for rehearsals and performances. musical and theatrical, where to install a screen for projections, and a hostel to host the artists.
We began the look for the place that would host the new safe place for La Guarimba and the Amanteans, by reviewing various buildings for sale. We have come up against the paradox of a country that has undergone a construction boom and is dotted with abandoned apartments, but which, if they are for sale, have inaccessible prices.
After months of research, we came across the last building plot of Amantea, a 270m2 space located in Via Mazzini, a street parallel to the main street in the city center. With the funds raised over ten years of work, we made this investment and bought the land.