Discover 3 inspiring projects that transform lives through art

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One of the aspects of the Nova E-ducação Festival was inspiration and, therefore, we invited actor Bruno Gagliasso to interview three social projects that transform lives throughout Brazil.

Read on and discover these inspiring projects.

What you will find in this article:

Maré do Amanhã Orchestra

The conversation took place with the creator and creator of Maré do Amanhã Orchestra, the journalist Carlos Eduardo Prazeres.

The project teaches music to children and adolescents in the Maré complex, in the capital of Rio de Janeiro, and today serves 4,000 children with professional training courses.

How it all began?

The story begins with another initiative: the Pro Music Orchestra. Carlos’s father was a conductor and founded this project to bring inspiration to the children of the favela through music. In 1999, he was kidnapped and murdered. To date, the police have not given an explanation to the family about what actually happened.

Carlos continued to work in the orchestra, but the conductors who came later had a different thinking from his father and wanted to elitize the project. In order to continue bringing culture in an accessible way to the community, it created the Maré do Amanhã Orchestra.

“I am a journalist and did not leave my profession to continue an elite project. And now? Will I let the dream die? No, I will not! I learned a lot from my father and made the dream come alive. As I am stubborn, I will make this dream be reborn where it was interrupted. If at Maré they finished him off, at Maré I make him be reborn, ”said Carlos, with great enthusiasm.

In 2010, he got together with some musicians and invested in their training so that they could later become transformers within the community. Currently, the project has 30 professionals teaching music, distributed in all preschools in Complexo da Maré.

Along the way, these leaders identify the talents and refer them to the project’s children’s orchestras. From the children’s orchestras, they are transferred to the Maré do Amanhã Orchestra, which is the professional arm.

Community reception

The journalist said that, at the beginning, the reception of the community was complicated. The initiative came to Maré teaching Beethoven and classical music instead of funk, for example, which is one of the musical styles most heard by residents.

With the experience, they understood that they would be able to enter the reality of those children and young people and bring them into the universe of classical music. Currently, the Orchestra’s repertoire has a medley only songs by singer Anitta.

“If you arrive at a school for 6-year-olds and start your presentation playing songs by the singer Anitta, at the end, you can play any classical music that they will find beautiful, because their hearts have already opened”, comments Carlos.

Currently, students go to concerts alone, buy records and follow the world of classical music, making it noticeable how the project transforms their lives.

Maré do Amanhã Orchestra as a reference in education in Brazil

The founder of the Orchestra says that music is a great ally of education. In addition to helping the power of concentration, focus and listening to the other, it causes reflections of these learnings within the classroom.

“Music is pure mathematics, and professionals in the field have enormous ease in this field. This art enters their intellect without realizing it. Some students, who were closed, now talk normally and perform at concerts. Music has a great transformative power ”, adds the journalist.

How is the project bringing music to students in the midst of the pandemic?

Through platforms such as Zoom, the project is continuing its activities.

Teachers make video calls with students to teach the content and, at the end of each class, request a practical audio feedback; that is, young people record the exercise and forward it so that the professional can evaluate their performance in the activity.

click here to learn more about the project.

Afro Parade

Bruno Gagliasso also spoke with Alberto Pitta, one of the creators of Cortejo Afro. Curious? Check out the chat below.

What is the history of the project?

In 1998 the idea of ​​recovering the lost colors of the Bahia carnival arises. Therefore, they created an Afro block in which everyone had the opportunity to participate.

In addition to the block itself, Cortejo Afro has two other initiatives: Instituto Olhar and Instituto de Arte e Educação. There, people have the opportunity to learn stamping, fashion and design. These are activities that the professional market embraces and whose knowledge participants can apply in costumes and artistic interventions during the carnival period. Like it or not, this moment ends up being a “showcase” for all the activities that are developed throughout the year by the project.

“When an Afro block goes to the avenue, it gains visibility for many people and the work needs to be well regarded so that it reverberates throughout the year in their works of art and education”, comments Pitta.

The initiative excels for the impeccable aesthetics of artistic interventions and costumes. When the block goes to the street, it is the opportunity to show the culture and art of the Afro people. Despite being a festive moment, they believe in carnival as an educational space. And Pitta adds: “Art is education.”

Bruno Gagliasso comments on the indescribable feeling of visiting the project in person with his daughter. “It was one of the biggest emotions of my life. I will never forget the look of my daughter seeing you, ”he said, about the initiative that fosters cultural diversity.

What has changed from the beginning of the project to the present day?

At first, it was very difficult, but over time, with more experience and professionalism, the project was consolidated – not only at carnival, but in actions throughout the year. Art and education are present in those places where the Cortege has the opportunity to communicate to society that they do not only operate in the carnival. Carnival is the backdrop for talking about education and social inclusion.

“It is not just the carnival for the carnival; what interests us are the results. And the results come when you do serious work with young people in the community ”, reiterates the project’s creator.

The initiative currently follows on a candomblé terreiro in the historic district of Pirajá, in Salvador / Bahia.

How to participate?

At carnival, people can sign up to parade. The Cortejo produces about 2,000 costumes, 70% of which are donated to the neighborhood community, so that the project is truly inclusive, and everyone can participate.

Typically, trials begin in November and, unfortunately, they will not happen this year because of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Current biggest challenge

Financial support is one of the biggest challenges. The project tries to enhance the work in the carnival to balance the finances of the whole year.

Pitta comments that it is possible to raise funds to put the block on the street and guarantee the work of art and education with the children. In addition, throughout the year, projects are presented to potential supporters.

“We are in the struggle and in the resistance, because we have a serious work with children and adolescents”, says Pitta.

The chat ends with Alberto Pitta quoting a saying from the African people of Ghana: “It takes an entire neighborhood to educate a child”. And this is what this transformative project believes.

click here to get to know the Afro Parade in greater depth.

Cultural Mill

We had the incredible presence of Márcia Rolon, creator of the Moinho Cultural project at the Festival Nova E-ducação. Check out the main points of this chat below.

How did the project come about?

Moinho Cultural is a time of artistic making. It is located on the border between Brazil and Bolivia, where drug and arms trafficking is a reality. The project wants to provide free territory through art, culture, love and respect.

Márcia, creator of the project, was trained in dance, more specifically in ballet. From this passion, she idealized the project with four main languages: music, art, technology and literature.

Children join the project between 6 and 8 years old, participating in artistic activities during the first two years. The project is concerned, in that first moment, in presenting the possibilities and not immediately segmenting into specific practices. Participants have the opportunity to try different activities.

Márcia also stresses that, based on differences, they manage to create the new. The initiative has the participation of Brazilians, Cubans, Argentines, Venezuelans and Bolivians, for example.

In addition, she points out that, in the initiative, the universal has a greater weight than the local in the first moment. Over time, this universal learning gives so much power to children and adolescents that it makes the contemporary and the local gain more expression and visibility. Music and classical ballet are the beginning of this journey.

The creators of the project believe that the initiative educates young people as integral beings, going beyond the school environment. “Young people are transformed and want to transform society the way they can. The art of music and dance are capable of doing this ”, comments Márcia.

Within the orchestra, for example, the young man can see that he has the same importance as the other artists who are at his side at the time of the concert. The whole cannot exist without it.

Notable moment

Moinho Cultural has produced several shows during these years. One of them is called Moinho Concert. This event managed to gather more than 5,000 spectators in a square.

Children and teenagers played for other children and teenagers to dance. In addition, other children and adolescents produced that successful episode.

In these 15 years, they created the Pantanal Dance Company and the Pantanal Chamber Orchestra.

With the Dance Company, the project arrived in Europe and won an International competition in Porto / Portugal as the best group.

The Orchestra had the opportunity to send some members to the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro to play with the Brazilian National Orchestra, Brazilian Child Orchestra and Ouro Preto Orchestra.

“In these moments, we realize that we are on a path of light and production,” says Márcia, touched.

Pandemic work

Faced with a moment of so many difficulties, the initiative, with the help of partners, endeavored to give chips cell phone for children, connecting them to the internet.

In addition, the project has a class platform online. There, they produce materials jointly with the Brazilian National Orchestra and the Ouro Preto Orchestra.

The Moinho Concert, event of the initiative, is already being produced and will happen in a online on the YouTube channel.

This new context is enabling an even greater exchange, expanding the participants’ worldview. Currently, the classes have teachers from Paraguay, Europe and also Mexico.

In addition, the money that was destined for children’s snacks is being invested in basic baskets for families.

“The dream is to continue saving lives, taking flights to other borders and working to gain new spaces. We also want our methodology to be recognized so that we can take our culture of peace further through art in a world where there are many risks ”, stresses Márcia.

Márcia ends with a phrase of hope: “We are going to dream big, because it takes the same work to dream small”.

click here to check the project’s initiatives closely.

Do you want to know how to stimulate innovative projects in your school community? click here and understand through our Guide.

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