Maison de la Culture
In 2010, the Maison de la Culture of Amiens (European center of creation and production) initiated a festival of landscape creations and visual artworks installations in situ in the hortillonages of Amiens. This new experience allowed it to add in situ creation activity to its production activity, and to acquire technical skills in terms of territory analysis, natural spaces (fauna, flora) protection rules, but also in terms of social cohesion by involving the population of the hortillonages into the development of its activities. The Maison de la Culture was also in charge for the first time of a social and professional integration project aiming at the acquisition by the beneficiaries of technical competences related to gardening and performing arts. The project also enabled the Maison de la Culture to become part of new networks: artistic and professional ones (landscape, architecture and design schools, meeting of professional local, national and international landscapists, architects and visual artists, specialized press), logistical ones (equipment, road, rail and waterways, green spaces and water commissions of Amiens), social ones (mission locales – helping young people finding training courses or jobs, town policy departments at the level of the prefecture, officials in the European Social Fund).