We educate turning our backs to art´, teachers and students have said in unison. The later feel pleasure that they did themselves. Teachers resent it, but admit that they too would say it. Perhaps the fairest thing is to say that everyone is right. For both teachers and students, and ultimately the whole society, are victims of an educational system that is far from the reality of the country.
So before thinking about art education, we need to define a cultural policy that we have never had, as soon as possible. A policy that obeys to a modern concept of what culture is, what it is for, how much it costs, who it is for, and that takes into account that art education is not an end in itself, but a means for safeguarding and promotion of regional cultures, whose natural circulation is from the periphery to the center and bottom-up.
Guidebook to Being a Child.
Gabriel García Márquez
Seeds of Heritage Project supports processes of collective and personal reparation through collaboration between different groups that work with Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Colombia. We believe that dance is a tool and a goal in itself for the (re)understanding, encounter and respect of oneself and of the other. Using local workshops, intercultural encounters, and a National Festival, we aim to make visible, exchange and promote the practices and knowledges of the participants, giving a prominent role to the children as Seeds of Heritage.
- Work with local communities to identify and document practices and knowledge of ICH.
- Collaborate with local leaders to identify strategies that support and promote the transmission, appropriation and continuity of their practices and knowledges.
- Establish exchanges of strategies, methods and experiences between the leaders of the ICH groups.
- Create a National Festival as a meeting point where the children of each group have the opportunity to show their skills, and to exchange and receive workshops of different ICH practices from around the country.
- Create a visual and written archive of the festivals.
Our Nodes of ICH
How is it possible to talk about Heritage in a context where the majority of the population does not want to reproduce their past? Can “Performing Heritage” be an accurate framework for enabling a better understanding of Heritage in a country like Colombia? What is the role of dance and bodily expressions in the process of “Performing Heritage” and triggering processes of collective and personal reparation? By using and making visible these understandings of heritage, movement, and collective action, we believe we can help in this healing process.
We aim to create a collaborative environment where children and adults, living in a country torn by civil war for more than 60 years, can use their ICH practices to foster social bonds, to appropriate their local knowledge’s and use and socialise their practices in creative ways. We strongly support children and adults to work in groups and to share their knowledge with each other. We believe in guiding children for a non-competitive world, where knowledge and productivity is fully attained through sharing and collaboration.
Our approach to this process is as ‘facilitators’ that give tools to complement non-academic areas of growth. We have observed that all areas of learning are inter-related and mutually enhance each other. In order to do this, we use local practices of Heritage to empower participants, as much as we can, to help them find their talents and nurture them, and to develop a strong sense of independence and responsibility towards themselves and their own emotions as well as to the world around them.
We encourage a holistic methodology based on the love and respect for our ‘own’ and ‘others’ local traditions: a combination of different workshops using joyful and immersion activities of dance, gastronomy, music, handcraft and agricultural practices (gardening, planting seeds and food) that gives an inclusive participation to children and adults. We also provide a diverse set of personal development tools that foster the understanding of inner emotions, personal relationships, creative processes, and conflict resolution through non-violent communication.
We depart from a general and flexible model that will be nourished by the different encounters of facilitators and their local experiences to ensure long-term continuity of the processes.
Inside and outside our nodes, we seek collaboration to develop the following lines of work:
- Diffusion and communication (videos, memories, flyers, newspapers)
- Appropriation of knowledge (collaborative research)
- Generation of cultural enterprises (shop, development of products, etc)
- Building Networks (linking the festival, our network on Facebook, newsletters and reports, fund-raising).
We invite you to participate and contribute in any area you want!
Our Festival: Encounters of Seeds of Heritage
Our aim is to create an annual festival with the different nodes of Heritages. The location will be alternated and hosted by different communities that commit to organized the annual main event.
The festival is the framework of unforgettable and enriching experiences of local heritages, a gathering of diverse range of performances and workshops. More than a festival, it is a platform for sharing local knowledge’s, living, breathing, dancing community, bringing people together to share joyful and empowering moments through local heritages.
Additionally, we will invite external collaborators to contribute in topics such as: human rights, protection of the territory and the environment, as well as different artistic, technological and visual tools that promote creativity and respect for the others. National and international participants will be welcome to profit and enrich from these meetings of cultures, knowledge and talents.
The festival will be visually documented for the purpose of strengthening and appropriation of the processes that are being advanced in each of the nodes of ICT. Additionally, documentation will help making visible and promoting our nodes, the festival, as well as contributing to its continuity.
We are located in diverse and colourful rural communities all over the territory of Colombia, South America. Check out our Nodes.
We have an abundance of living and local cultural practices but our resources are scarce. Although each community works with varied local, creative and natural resources and materials, our limitations are many.
At the moment, we are in the process of creating strategies that allows us to involve different sectors of society that can help us carry out this project.
We aim to build a platform to foster different communities, volunteers, artists and researchers that want to be inspired and who can inspire the communities with their personality and knowledge.
We welcome you to join us!
Click here When dance is more than heritage to know more about the research.
When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when we dream together
it is the beginning of, a new reality’