Who we are



“Popoli in Arte” was born officially on the 22th of April 2007 by a small team of volunteers who had made experiences of international cooperation and who aimed to renew the terms of the traditional international cooperation.  Specifically as from its Charter, the Association :

  • promotes democratic and bottom – up processes inside the Italian society and outside Italy
  •  manages, in its own and with other subjects, mutual actions of international cooperation which trigger participative and democratic processes at local and international level
  • manages, in its own and with other subjects, action of  awareness in order to facilitate the above processes at local and international level”.

Now the Association has 24 members whose main core acts in the province of Imperia, but it has members in the Low Piemonte, in  Chiavari and  Trento in Italy; in Berlino, San Sebastian and Bruxelles in Europe; in Recife in Brasile and in Bogotà outside Europe.

The current Directive Board is made of:

Anna Maria Zumbo (President),
educational coach, with professional experience in international cooperation,  living in Narzole, CN

Sara Catalano (Vice-President),
physician, with experiences in  esperienze in avant-garde Theatre and in sport rock climbing, living in San Sebastian, Spain

Luca Guerreschi (Secretary)


phd student in phylosophy, living in Berlin in Germany

Maria Paola Rottino (Counsilor),

teacher and educational coach, with experiences in international cooperation, living in Sanremo IM

Manuela Roggero (counsilor), expert in theatre and in the Theatre of the Oppressed, living in Sanremo IM

Paola, Manuela, Maria Paola

Paola Mazzucchi (Counsilor), teacher and educational coach, with experiences in international cooperation, living in Ventimiglia IM

Isabella Valenzano (Treasurer’s Office), teacher, with trade experience, living in Sanremo IM

All the member of the Directive Board of the Association have theorical knolegde and practical experiences of the principles and of the praxis of the community education according to the Brazilian pedagogist Paulo Freire.


In the methodology the Association prefers to replace the word “project” with the word “process” and it means as process all the relationship/s with the partners or individuals with  whome, from time to time, the Association approaches. Therefore, at the end of an activity, the evaluation is based on the question: “Which and how many contacts have been activated? What is it moving?” and not only  “Have we targeted our goal?” in a lecture of the everlasting flux of the history

Community education, born in Latin America, is the thread wich has tied the activities which were and are carried out by the Association, in the awareness that today community education itself – efficace former mean of resistence against the military dictatorship of the past – has still its contribution to give to the formal education in America and is a possible answer to the educational challanges everywhere, either in formal and informal contexts.


“Popoli in Arte” is a small association and, mainly, it collects funds from offerings of privates or  Associations; other kind of fund raising of the Association is the progressive and specific initiatives of fund raising  (charity raffle, participation to antique and collectionism markets and to artcraft markets). Since september 2013 the Association rented a store in  Sanremo, 613 Galilei str. for storing materials which are donated to the Association. For some years “Popoli in Arte” has collaborated with some local” Solidarity Purchase Groups” by making homemade soaps and other products for hygiene and beauty.

It is member of the “Service Center for volunteering of the province of Imperia”/ “Centro Servizi per il volontariato della provincia di Imperia” (CE.S.P.IM) from which it has received several economical supports for its educational activities along the years; it has received small amount of money from  Public Institutions in 2007 and 2008; the Town Hall of Sanremo supported “Popoli in Arte” for the “Woods’ Festival” in 2015 and the Town Hall of Sanremo together with the Casinò of Sanremo supported the “Woods’ Festival” in  2016 and in 2017; in 2015 it received a specific fund from “Otto per Mille Valdese” (Valdese Church) for durable goods in the store of the Association (window-door to better outer closing of the local).

Help of all of you needed!