The “Monsignor Bruno Navara” project was born to remember and celebrate an important figure for the Segni’s Community: Bruno Navara. He was a priest, a teacher, and author of historical and literary works valuable for his territory. His literary activity received authoritative public awards like the Presidency of the Council of Ministers’ Culture Award and the Lepini Literary Biennial Prize’s first prize ex aequo. His works talk about the discovery of popular and religious traditions, customs, characters, and historical, environmental, and architectural heritage. By this means and thanks to the richness of his writing, he has also promoted the culture of reading, a powerful means of growth of the single person and the entire Community. The birth of the “Monsignor Bruno Navara” prize was possible thanks to some taxpayers that decided to allocate their “5 per mille” quotas on their tax return to our neighborhood association, which have been recently accredited to us by the Revenue Agency: 14 in 2015, 11 in 2016 and 6 in 2017. The idea of doing something for the territory and its Community began to take shape. Thanks to the resident’s income it is possible to invest in their families and the local economy. By this means, the donations of the territory remained on the territory, helping its growth. Another contribution, from the residents for their territory, was the meeting of two local non-profit organizations that took action to implement the project: the Neighborhood Committee “Piazza Risorgimento – derèto la Mola” and the “Camper Club Colleferro”. Finally, another big contribution to the project came from the futurist painter Maestro Antonio Fiore “Ufagrà” (where the U stands for the Universality of the Agrà Movement, the F is for Fiore, the artist’s surname, and then Agrà, the name of the Movement itself), for the creation of a distinctive logo of the Prize. Fiore is the author of numerous personal exhibitions, both in Italy and worldwide: in the world, he exposed his works in all continents, and in Italy, he took part in over 70 exhibitions from 1980 to today. His exhibitions were also the subject of radio shows, television programs, and online reports.
Maestro Antonio Fiore and his works are present in numerous archives and libraries such as:
- Historical Archive of the Venice Biennale;
- Historical Archive of the Quadrennial of Rome;
- National Central Library “Vittorio Emanuele II;
- Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities – Library of Archeology and History of Art;
- National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art;
- Hertziana Library – Max Plank;
- Library of the National Academy of San Luca;
- Bibliotheque Nationale de France;
- MART library
- Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto;
- MAXXI Museum Library.
The project received the approval of the current priest of the Community, the Headmaster of the local school, the Municipality of Segni, and of the Municipal Library, where all the documentation from the project will go as the patrimony of the entire Community. The Noble Mediterranean Academy thanks in advance all the figures involved and all those who will contribute to the success of the event for their commitment, professionalism, and availability, and ultimately the great wealth and heritage of the Community: its children.
The competition, therefore, aims:
- to remember and spread the knowledge of Monsignor Bruno Navara: there is no better way for a writer than to be remembered through a literary prize;
- to discover, protect, preserve and enhance the city of Segni, a territory of literary inspiration, and its perfumes, its historic centre, its ruins wounded by the war, its dialect jargon, its typical food and wine products, its countryside, landscapes and its heritage of historical, cultural and natural values;
- to stimulate the imagination, enhance the literary creativity, and promote the pleasure of writing;
- to provide families who face an important financial commitment during the first year of high school concrete help thanks to the vouchers for books intended for the winners;
- to finance the expenses for the purchase of good books with credits of “5 per mille” tax returns coming from the Revenue Agency;
- to purchase the same amount of school texts from the two newsstands in Segni;
- to give visibility to the school by involving it in a cultural event that goes beyond the walls of the school building.