MAM - Maestro d'Arte e Mestiere, promoted by the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art in partnership with ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine, awards outstanding skills in the fields of artistic craftsmanship: from pottery to jewellery, from wood to furniture, from metalworking to mechanics and mosaics, from leather goods to restoration and fashion… up to food and beverage.
The list of the Masters will be implemented every two years (the second edition is to be held in 2018) and aims to celebrate the extraordinary work of some of the leading figures in Italian high quality craftsmanship, bringing them to the attention of the general public and the media. The first edition in 2016 marked the launch of a symbolic Golden Book of Italian Artisanal Excellence, heralding the first 75 MAM - Masters of Arts and Crafts, who have distinguished themselves by their particular professional achievements and work to disseminate their skills and knowledge.
The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, presented MAM - Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere with a special commemorative plaque, an honour that gives extraordinary recognition to the talent of Italy’s great artistic craftspeople.
The project is under the aegis of numerous important and prestigious institutions:
The Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MiBACT)
The City of Milan
Triennale di Milano
Symbola-Fondazione per le Qualità Italiane
Fondazione Italia Patria della Bellezza