Chamber Member, Gabriel Zangari, Launches US Offices for the Moleskine Foundation

Author: Maria Diaz

The Moleskine Foundation will be opening one of its US offices in New York City this May. The Moleskine Foundation, a non-profit organization, was launched in late 2017 in Milan, Italy. Its mission is to provide youth from underserved communities a distinctive path to harnessing unconventional educational tools and experiences that unlock creative potential and help foster critical thinking, creative doing and above all, life-long learning. It is the Foundation’s firm belief that Creativity and Quality Education are key factors in producing positive change in society and driving our collective future. One of its key educational formats is AtWork, a series of itinerant workshops in Africa and beyond that stimulate critical thinking through the creative process.

“The Moleskine Foundation works to unlock creative potential and help foster critical thinking, creative doing and above all, life-long learning. We’re happy to contribute to that mission with the tools that design gives us: inquisitive thinking, esthetics, drawing, 3d modelling, communication and prototyping”, says Gabriel Zangari, Managing Director, DGI NYC, who also serves as the Vice President and Board Member of the Moleskine Foundation USA.

The launch of the Foundation in the US will be accompanied by AtWork’s first international exhibition, “I had a dream,” that will be hosted in partnership with The Africa Center in Harlem and will run from May 31st to July 21st. The partnership with The Africa Center is especially meaningful for the Foundation, because the two organizations share the same values and purpose around fostering creativity among youth around the world, with a particular focus on innovation and inclusivity.

The exhibition will feature 100 hand-decorated notebooks, the majority of which were created by young creative minds who took part in the Foundation’s AtWork educational workshops in 2018. The workshops were held in diverse locations such as Rome, N’Djamena, Kampala and Harare. The notebooks are the creative expression of the transformational process that the students have gone through during the workshop while debating their dreams and making concrete projects out of them. The exhibition will also feature notebooks created by celebrated authors and artists who have donated their work to The Moleskine Foundation Collection, a library comprised of more than 1000 notebooks, many of them crafted by internationally renowned creative minds from various backgrounds, such as Spike Jonze, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jean-Claude Ellena, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Joana Vasconcelos, Carlo Stangaand Paula Scher.