As part of a research project by Katrina Lolicato, who is undertaking a PhD at Deakin University, Co.As.It.’s Museo Italiano invites individuals, couples and families of all ages to participate in three workshops to answer this very question.

Entitled ‘Mapping social potential in community spaces: Ethno-specific museums as intercultural places’, the series of workshops will take place on Sunday, February 11 (from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm), and Monday, February 12 (from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm).

The community forums and activity sessions aim to understand how ideas around identity, culture and community are expressed in everyday life by collecting the ideas and opinions of members of the Italo-Australian community.

The discussion sessions will be facilitated by Ms Lolicato, who is undertaking her PhD with the support of Co.As.It. staff, and the relevant findings will assist Co.As.It. in planning future cultural programs.

Participants will also be asked to reflect on their own experiences as a first-, second- or third-generation Italo-Australian, the issues that are important to them and their family and friends today, the current permanent exhibition at Co.As.It.’s Museo Italiano, and issues surrounding intergenerational, interregional and intercultural relationships.

Co.As.It. invites anyone interested in sharing their perspective to come along.

To sign up to a workshop, contact Paolo Baracchi at paolo@coasit.com.au. For more information, email Katrina Lolicato at klolica@deakin.edu.au.