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MaratonArte

Press conference with Roberto Farroni The Museo Tattile Statale Omero is one of the 7 important Italian cultural sites selected to take part in MaratonArte, a fund-raising initiative promoted by the Ministery for Arts and Culture and by Rai TV, for the renovation and regeneration of heritage sites. Each of what Francesco Rutelli, Minister of Culture called ''seven Mission Possibles'', was chosen by the Ministry after a thorough examination and will feature in a series of programmes on the public service television networks. The sequence of videos, interviews and images illustrating the Museo Omero and the Mole Vanvitelliana, its future home, will be broadcast by the RAI from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October. This initiative deservedly highlights the city of Ancona¹s dedication to the arts. The Museo Omero will shortly be moving to its permanent premises at the historic Mole Vanvitelliana, where the restoration commissioned by Ancona City Council is almost complete. The funds raised will be used to cover these costs. This is an important cultural promotion for the city of Ancona, which has always supported the Museo Omero's mission of making art accessible to the visually handicapped. Founded in 1993, the museum uses tactile exploration and multi-sensory perception as a new way to approach art and eliminate barriers to culture. It also has a strong educational and teaching department. It was designated a State museum in 1999 in recognition of its activities and commitment. The museum today is internationally acknowledged as a model of excellence for the cultural opportunities it offers the visually handicapped. With the help of MaratonArte, the Ministery of Arts and Culture has now decided to further honour this unique museum and help it continue to evolve. Citizens wishing to make a contribution can buy the special 3 Euro telephone cards. The money will be used for decorating our prestigious new premises, in particular for the necessary technological and teaching aids and equipment, for furnishings, fittings and computing equipment and, last but not least, for new acquistions to enrich the collection. This is an occasion for the Museo Omero and for Ancona to create a unique, attractive and highly innovative cultural space inside the Mole Vanvitelliana, to enhance the museum's scientific, cultural, and social importance and to consolidate its international dimension. Andrea Bocelli will be presenting the Museum in MaratonArte. This well-known singer has been interested in the museum and its initiatives for some time.

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