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I traveled to Italy in summer 2022 funded by the Newman Exploration Travel Fund
to study the legacy and work Bruno Munari and his pedagogical forerunner Maria
Montessori. Milan, the epicenter of Italian design and Munari’s home until his death,
was my home base. It bustles with speed and dynamism. But like me, Munari loved the natural world, so I took many side trips to smaller towns in the countryside. But to fully understand Munari required that I learn how to find nature even amongst urban chaos.
2022 Newman Exploration Travel Fund (NEXT) Award, Graduate student
Ridolfi, Danielle, "Touching Tiny Worlds: Nature and Tactility in the Picture Books of Bruno Munari" (2023). Newman Exploration Travel Fund
(NEXT) Awards. 2.