Realization of artistic street workshops in disadvantaged neighborhoods of the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico.
THE PROJECT IN DETAIL
Support the development of skills, intelligence and creativity of children who live in conditions of extreme vulnerability
218 children between the ages of 6 and 12 living in the marginalized areas of Tuxtla Gutierrez in circumstances of extreme vulnerability (alcoholic parents, violence, poverty).
The Art at the sun and wind project gets its name from the outdoor workshops set up directly in the outskirts of Tuxtla Gutierrez. In this way, Vientos Culturales aims to reach the most marginalized children, bringing art directly to their streets and carrying out different kinds of artistic activities “at the sun and wind”.
The weekly workshops (an afternoon workshop of about 3 hours per week in each area) begin with a game that helps children and youth get comfortable and treat a different topic each time (environment, health, science, art, traditions) in order to stimulate their interest in pertinent themes through art. Different artistic practices are used in the workshops: storytelling, illustration, improvisation, videos, collage, drawing, painting and paper mache. The workshops always end with a song and the children’s general reflections.
Once a month, Vientos Culturales organizes also artistic activities in the neighborhoods involved in the project to clean and beautify the community (murals, paintings, various signs), involving parents and adults. At the end of each semester, the art done during the workshops is presented to the community through theatrical events and exhibits, also with the participation of local artists.
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