Art and Development


Sector: Art and Development Ongoing Country: Spain Project status: Ongoing Partner: The Red Pencil (Europe)
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Project type: AMG Project Year: 2020
Locations: Málaga
Activities: Arts Therapy


The overall goal of the Arts Therapy project is to increase the resilience of the asylum seekers. More specifically, this intervention aims to:

  • Help asylum seekers to recover from their traumatic experiences, build resilience, regain self-esteem and integrate into the community;
  • Leave lasting impact by training local care providers, who are exposed to fatigue and secondary trauma through their work and enable them to implement basic arts therapy techniques in their own practice.


The project will help more than 100 migrants and refugees, from different nationalities of which:

  • 23 refugee and migrant children, accompanied and unaccompanied (5-17 ages);
  • 33 refugee and migrant adults (under the age of 25);
  • 53 refugee and migrant adults;
  • 24 local caregivers, Staff Members of The Spanish Red Cross.


Between February and March 2020, before the suspension of all the activities foreseen during the COVID-19 lockdown (March 12-August 12, 2020), The Red Pencil (Europe) in collaboration with The Spanish Red Cross, also with Alta Mane support, developed the following activities:

  • Organized and ran 15 group art-therapy sessions for 21 asylum seeking children (11 children aged 5-9, and 10 children aged 10-15) and 8 refugee and migrant adults, residing in Reception Centers and Independent Living Houses operated and managed by The Spanish Red Cross in Málaga (Spain);
  • Activated the The-Train-The-Trainer Program (TTT) focused primarily in using Arts Therapy as a tool for Staff’s self-care and modulation of stress at work and intended to provide partner staff with new tools using Arts Therapy for enriching their interventions with asylum seekers and refugees, and organized 3 training sessions for 9 humanitarian officers and caregivers of The Spanish Red Cross;
  • Developed the evaluation forms (M&E Process), in consultation with The Spanish Red Cross, to check on progress and make appropriate recommendations for future program planning.


The Red Pencil (Europe) : officially established as a foundation of public utility under the Belgian law in 2019, The Red Pencil Europe (RPE) is part of the international organization The Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission. Based on its expertise in art therapy, the mission of RPE is to provide psychological support through arts therapy to children, adolescents and adults who face in Europe difficult or overwhelming life circumstances, to improve their well-being and their mental and emotional health.