Realization of artistic street workshops in disadvantaged neighborhoods (colonie) of the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez in Chiapas, Mexico, to 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 14 living in the marginalized colonie of Tuxtla Gutiérrez in circumstances of extreme vulnerability (alcoholic parents, violence, poverty).
The “Art in the sun and wind” project gets its name from the outdoor workshops set up directly in the colonie on the outskirts of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. 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 “in the sun and wind”.
In 2018, the project, supported by AMI in partnership with AMG, foresaw weekly workshops (an afternoon workshop of about 3 hours per week in each colonia), treating a different topic each time (environment, health, science, art, traditions) in order to stimulate their interest in pertinent themes through art. Different artistic practices have been used in the workshops: storytelling, illustration, improvisation, videos, collage, drawing, painting and paper mache. The workshops always ended with a song and the children’s general reflections.
Once a month, Vientos Culturales organized 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 has been presented to the community through theatrical events and exhibits, also with the participation of local artists.
Vientos Culturales: is an association founded in 1996 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez to stimulate disadvantaged children and youth in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, through art. All activities aim at the individual development of the children and youth to stimulate their creativity, broaden their knowledge, improve their critical thinking and promote positive values.