The commitment to the training of the younger generation was particularly reflected in two special projects designed ad-hoc.
The Florence Biennale wanted to promote interventions of involvement of the territory through young people and students, intending to show the artistic skills in the educational and educational system.
During this edition of the event, the Biennale engaged with the entire city and its works of art. The Fortezza da Basso served as the starting point for the project Sit-In Florence: five-hundred young participants each created a contemporary ‘re-interpretation’ of chairs donated by IKEA according to the guidelines provided by the Faculty SIT-in Florence, and then exhibited these in the streets of Florence during the event. In this way the students measured themselves with one of the most representative objects among the archetypes of design.
The Sit-In Florence event represented an invasion of "artist’s" chairs in the magnificent historic center of Florence. The project involved 10 high schools in Florence, the Art Academies of Florence and Carrara and the University of Florence. Significant some stages of their journey as the Province, the Region, Palazzo Vecchio, Via Tornabuoni and the historic center.
The assignment, the disciplinary SIT-in Florence and the whole idea represented first of all a training project, an art education project and its various forms of expression and composition. Contemporary art has taken on a fundamental emotional aspect in this initiative, of interpretation of society, events, everyday events and contemporary lifestyles and at the same time a break with formal and behavioral images and superstructures.
The purpose of the guidelines proposed by the Faculty SIT-IN Florence was not to limit the poetic design, but rather to suggest creative channels that could enhance, through the chair, new deep meanings. Closely linked to the identity of Florence, capital of the Italian Way product and lifestyle, the themes ranged from the history of the unity of Italy through the cuisine and the local language, ending with Italian art, fashion and science. Florence has therefore set itself up as a city that promotes the attraction value of "creative capital". A city where you can grow and where you have the opportunity to expose your own product, your own idea, your own dream.
Wishing to include younger children as well, the Biennale and the local Education Council also promoted the project “Learning to read Contemporary Art”. Stefano Francolini, the Biennale’s Artistic Director, oversaw a series of lectures in various Florentine schools. These events were organized with the intent of explaining how contemporary art is made and how it should be read. Students from participating schools were then given a special tour of the Biennale’s exhibits.