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Spectaculu, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 2005

In 2004, I spent 5 months in Brazil learning how to speak Portuguese. I worked with two different organizations teaching ceramics to youth from the favellas of Rio, the Spectaculu and Oficina de Outeiro.

Oficina is a community art project created in the beautiful studio of artist Marcia Limini near the botanical gardens in Rio.

Spectaculu was a organization created by Gringo Cardia, a Brazilian set designer, now more famous for his work with Cirque de Soleil. Gringo was working on many social development projects in Rio as a consultant, but his organization was looking for a ceramic teacher! Bingo- I got myself a job teaching ceramics to youth from one of the oldest Favellas in Rio, called Providencia. It was a great way to practice my skills in Portuguese, and share with these kids ideas from around the world. We explored how Brazil is influenced by African Heritage and culture.

 

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