‘COMMUNITY ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE’
With over 12 years of experience, Favela Painting is one of the frontrunners of this movement.
The act of making art is one of the factors that can contribute to social inclusion and quality of life. Yet the art world is an exclusive place few have access to and value of art is often expressed in terms of money. Favela Painting creates a place for art which is inclusive and welcoming. There are still a lot of people socially excluded in numerous places in the world, they suffer from a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, high crime, bad health and family breakdown. Over the last ten years, large art works have become a very popular tool for organisations, artists, cities and even governments to create contact and momentum with these communities and it's inhabitants.
We measure the value of our work by the degree to which people benefit from it directly. But what exactly are the benefits, the potential effects, the desired approach and methodology in order to create a successful outcome?
Our projects provide an opportunity for people to work together on improving their living space. By collaborating with locals, art is used as a weapon to combat prejudice, create sustainability solutions and attract positive attention. Technical training and jobs provide security while working together reinforces the social fabric. The physical artwork carries a message of confidence, an invitation to come see it and meet the people who made it happen.
The Favela Painting Academy is founded in order to learn everything about the world of community artworks, from our projects and from others around the world. to broaden the spectrum of our activities. The academy combines strategy, program execution and sector research in order to structure and share the best practices of community art.