Art to Fight Against Violence in Colombian Cities; ‘Learn to Share Ideas and Accept Differences’ (E)
Many peace initiatives in Colombia work on artistic and creative approaches to combat violence in the cities. Good examples are the youth organizations Asociación juvenil Videos y Rollos in the Bosa district in Bogotá and Barrios del Mundo in the Chapinero district. They offer young people courses in music, drama, video-making and photography that are not just about art, but also about giving the young people new development prospects. This is because, as well as learning a range of techniques, the focus is always on discussing certain issues. The young people learn to share ideas and opinions as well as to accept different points of view.
Art provides the young people with the opportunity to express their opinions, feelings, and hardships in relation to social and everyday issues in a variety of different ways. The process is always aimed at encouraging them to be critical and expressive. It is important to give young people a variety of ways to express themselves, as those who cannot express themselves will also not be understood. Those who are not understood will not be listened to. And those who are never listened to will not be included, which in turn leads to aggression and violence. à propos