The project in summary

The project in detail



Professional artistic training for youths with mental, sensory and motor disorders through Plastic Art workshops at the Cre-Arte Educational and Cultural Centre located in the city of San Carlos de Bariloche (Patagonia, Argentina).

65 artists between the ages of 16 and 40 with mental, sensory and motor disorders living in poverty in the slums of San Carlos de Bariloche.

Cre-Arte Educational and Cultural Centre offers art activities for people with disabilities aged 16 and over. It implements a program of non-formal education that distinguishes, strengthens and enhances the various skills and abilities of people with disorders. Cre-Arte presents art as a transformative potential for human development; artistic activities offer the opportunity to develop skills that, in turn, strengthen self-esteem and re-evaluate the person for better social integration. The art is thus transformed into a place where the disabled people acquire, voice, get social legitimacy and define their identity, strengthening their self-esteem.

In 2012 and 2013, Alta Mane supported different artistic laboratories of Cre-Arte (percussion, murga, dance-theatre, music, costume and set design) during which the beneficiaries worked on the creation of a real show stage presented to the public in San Carlos de Bariloche and in other cities or countries. Participation in local events and tours allows the young beneficiaries to grow artistically and to recognize themselves as “artists”, with strong identification value and dignity.

In 2014, the project included monthly dance-theatre, music and percussion, costume and set design workshops that led to the creation of a show performed in San Carlos de Bariloche among other cities and countries. The participation in local events and tours allowed youths to grow artistically and to identify themselves as “artists”, which in turn strengthened their identity and dignity.

Between 2015-2017, the project involved the realization of laboratories of plastic art, murals, batik, ceramics, design, literature, sculpture, theatre and dance and a laboratory of civic education offered to all 65 participants. During the workshops, Cre-Arte promoted ownership and empowerment of people with disabilities on their rights. The project also included the systematization of the work of Cre-Arte with a final publication, to disseminate and share with other interested organizations.


Centro Educativo y Cultural por Personas con Discapacidad Cre-Arte

This non-profit Association was founded in 1995 in Bariloche, Argentina, where it established an artistic and cultural space for training and non-formal education of youths and adults with mental, sensory and motor disorders. Here, through art and culture, they are able to develop their skills and express their potential and hidden capacities.


Cre-Arte was supported by AMG in 2010 and 2011, and it has been supported by Fondazione Alta Mane Italia in co-partnership with AMG between 2012 and 2017. For further information regarding the project click on this link.

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