ABout our life at casa amarela providência
We received the Amargem project team who came all the way from Juiz de Fora, the state of Minas Gerais, in order to customize t-shirts with the kids using the image of the moon, symbol of Casa Amarela. In addition, we had a new parkour class, as well as a little time to go to the beach with some of the children, which was probably one of the best memories for some of them who often do not get to go with their families. This same month we were invited with three children by Roger Watters himself to assist to his show at the Maracanã Stadium! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us that reinforced the fight for access to education, culture and art for all. Every opportunity we get to visit places, and meet new people with these children, is an opportunity to grow together and get out of the favela and get to better understand the outside world.
MAY AND JUNE
In May, we got to visit the cultural house and atelier of a group of six artists in Gávea called Casa Voa, « flying house ». The house is a three stair gigantic place with wide glass doors, a garden and a lot of space to do art. We spent the day making art, ceramics, gardening, and also doing some yoga and learning to customize t-shirts! An experience with a wide variety of activity and a full day of fun for all the children who had the opportunity to participate!
In June, we got to visit AquaRio, Rio's aquarium, for the first time with the children of Casa Amarela Providência. It is South America's biggest aquarium with 8 millions animals and more than 350 different species! From phytoplancton, to fishes, to rays and sharks, the children had one of the most amazing experience exploring seabed during their two hours guided tour.
In September we received new teachers from Vikky Marie with light-painting, to Bruna with beauty and hygiene, to Talita with art therapy, to Orquestra da Rua with classical music and Mestre Cachorrão with boxe classes! It was a month full of novelties for the children, where we finally got to include more classes for adolescents. The girls are enjoying weekly art therapy classes where they learn how to better to communicate about their emotions and feelings while creating art and sharing with other women, and the boys also have their own time to express their feelings during the boxe class, which as been such a successful activity since its start! This month we also received the first Brazilian artist in residency, Sabrina Barrios, for two weeks full of creative installations. Another amazing activity this month has been our classical music class, with four violin players from Providência who mix classical music with funk, one feature that definitely attracted the kids
JULY And august
The children performed capoeira, theater, afro dance and hip-hop showing the results of more than six months of training. The performance took place in front of all the children families, teachers and other people from the community We also had the pleasure to have our graffiti and street artists create a live mural. Thanks to the support of our hairdresser and makeup artist, our costume designer and of course all the professors and artists who help all year long create and make the children dreams come true, sharing knowledge and experiences, the day was a success! In fact, the courage and serenity in the children' eyes, the result of discipline and commitment, the atmosphere and mostly the joy of the participants are what made this day truly memorable.
Globale Project, a French organisation visited us with fourteen of their team members for a whole week. They brought all the kids together around three main activities: dance, boxe and football. More than 40 children from the community participated to the program, bringing so much life and love inside the cultural and artistic house. The children kept amazing memories of that week, and can’t stop talking about their encounter with the team. This group of young and energetic people from Globale shared their experience and knowledge with the children, learning from one another while making use of all the energy and happiness surrounding them.