The department of Arts and Sciences of KSU is joining forces with the Opera di Santa Croce in order to put a top of the line multimedia research and tools in the service of culture.
A centerpiece of Kent’s participation will be a reproduction of Liberty of Poetry by Pio Fedi. The Kent State University cross-disciplinary collaborative team will produce a 3D-scan of the sculpture at high resolution and create a 3D-printed version of a size that will nearly replicate that of the actual sculpture and will reflect the impressive nature of the monument with the context of Santa Croce and the great American experiment.
The Ellis Island exhibit will showcase one of Kent State University’s newest digital creative tool: the Wick Poetry Center’s Listening Wall. The Listening Wall will provide a creative exploration of the relationship between Italy and the United States, incorporating the themes of art, architecture, liberty, and the human condition, and will allow users to respond to historical documents, oral histories, and multimedia stories centered on community issues and themes.
A Listening Wall touch screen station, will be available at the Statue of Liberty Museum in New York and the Santa Croce church in Florence. It will provide to visitors of all ages, experiences, and abilities, the chance to interact with the unique artifacts of liberty. From the great works of Fedi and Giovanni Battista Niccolini to archival interviews of Italian immigrants arriving at Ellis Island determined to seek out the promise of a new life in America, the Listening Wall will engage all visitors with these multidimensional stories and encourage them to share their own story of liberty.
The Listening Wall will offer a new model for community engagement, connecting present voices with the past, providing a platform for creative and inclusive conversation.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary hero who championed the unification of Italy. For over 50 years the museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of these great men and to promote understanding of the Italian-American heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and classes.
Founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln, The Union League of Philadelphia laid the philosophical foundation of other Union Leagues across a nation torn by civil war. The League has hosted US presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and has proudly supported the American military in each conflict since the Civil War. The Union League continues to be driven by its motto, Amor Patriae Ducit or Love of Country Leads.
The Union League of Philadelphia, ranked the #1 City Club in the Country, is a shining jewel of history in a city defined by such treasure.
The Union houses in its collection the Bust of Lincoln, one of the 5 works of art by Pio Fedi located in the USA, which will feature in the exhibition at the Ellis Island.