Arps& Co together with the Foundation MoreWithethanwhite is developping a project with the School of the Rising Sun in Bhaia Dorada, Salvador, Brasil. Following the success of the project in Amsterdam, with the titel Children Picture Peace, here at this capoeira school the children will be invited to make a portfolio of pictures of their neighbourhood,and of the capoeira school of Mestre Pedro.
These children live in an environment full of prostitution and violence in the barrio Urugai. There is a drugswar out there and little prospective of a job or training. It is for the capoeira school of Mestre Pedro that his pupils learn how to tranform their frustration to a positive attitude towards life. Almost daily they visit the school and play capoeira, the Brasil play that combines music and singing with acrobatic dance and martial art.Children learn to get confidence in their own capacities. The obtain discipline and regularity and selfconfidence. Pedro:"Capoeira is not only wholesome to the body it makes you strong and healthy and developes friendship. Because without the others you cannot play this game. You learn how to behave with rules.
Most of the pupils come from the alagados, an area where the houses are built on wooden sticks.The poverty is enormous.
The exibition of the pictures made by children of the barrio Urugai will be taken on exibition to various places in the world.All profit of the sales will go to the benefit of this school.
(text Karin van Lier)