The Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte came into being  in 2006 through an initiative by the “Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze” Foundation. The Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte is also a non-profit Association committed to the safeguarding and promotion of artistic crafts and historical and artistic heritage and know-how.

At the heart of the Osservatorio are a series of cultural and promotional activities aimed to encourage awareness, information, research and preservation of the identity of a territory, with the objective to promote the artistic crafts sector, the creation of a national and European network of institutions to encourage the understanding of different cultural identities that include an in-depth examination of subjects such as the quality of production, economics and training.