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Organization: Instituto Arte Saúde
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

We are a group committed to build up a supportive and sympathetic world. We have been trying to encourage initiatives to gather people in order to:

- Instigate the reflection about social and ethical values and the present lifestyle;
- Stimulate the dialogue and make people aware of the need for new attitudes, whether it’s in the personal, communitary or planetary range;
- Increase the health, the dignity and the welfare of each individual as well as the group’s;
- Sensitize towards cooperation and also towards the initiatives of a collective nature and the resumption of human values and attitudes involved in mutual help and tolerance.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

- The precariousness of socio-economical resources available to the population as a whole (including the members of Art & Health) demands a huge endeavor and time to guarantee its survival. It also hinders the maintenance and the solidification of some of the groups initiative;
- The lack of preparation to exert the collective activities;
- Very little sensitivity from the public authorities and businessman as regards the possible partnerships in the facing of social matters.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

We listed in chronological order our actions in the last few years with a brief description.
          The initiatives that are mentioned below propose the rescuing of the concept of culture. Culture is anything that humanizes the spirit and the conscience and not only as an entertainment item for consumption. These initiatives were the following:

               Performance by the CarcoArco Band (violin, fiddles and percussion) – Botucatu, June 2000;
Performance by the Anima Theater Group “Spices” (the blending of Medieval music with music from the Brazilian oral tradition) Botucatu, August 2000;
Performance by the musician Paulo Freire (Brazilian viola) – Botucatu, August 2001;
A miming workshop with the actor/performer/doctor Eduardo Coutinho and performance at the Municipal Theater of Botucatu – October 2001;
A percussion workshop with the musician João Dalgarrondo – Botucatu, November 2001;
Performance by the singer/percussion player Alessandra Belloni. – “Rhythm is the cure” (songs and musical pieces from the south of Italian and the Mediterranean). Botucatu, December 2001.

Other actions:

Assistance to the City Council Tutelary Board towards a more productive action from the exercising of an ecological communication among the actors involved in the conflicts - Botucatu, 2001;
Assistance to the volunteer teachers who are part of the Plan for the Literacy of Adults , stemming from the Action of Citizenship, whose sole purpose is to improve the student/teacher relationship. Botucatu, 2001.
Therapeutical workshop “Rhythm is the cure” (psychotherapy/percussion/dancing) at the Chiara Prumiano Center, Toscana, Italy. August 2001/ August 2002;
Therapeutically workshop “Rhythm is the cure”, sponsored by the New York Center – Rome, August 2001;
Workshops on QI GONG (a Chinese self-healing technique) – the enablement for wholesome health of the individual dealing with him/herself and as a participant of the health of the group. –Botucatu, 2001/2002.
Regular meetings to study about Transdiciplinarity and Complexity, in partnership with GECAF (a study group on chaos and Fractals) from the Physics Department of the State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP). Botucatu, 2003/2004;
Axé Seminar – Enablement to social educators, by bringing the staff of educators of the Axé Project from Salvador (Bahia). Its proposal was to gather and integrate several initiatives related to the social education in Botucatu. Botucatu , October, 2003;
As an outcome of this experience, the Grupo para Todos (Group for All) was created, which used to gather at frequent meetings with the city`s NGOs in order to strengthen and unify the net of social action. Botucatu, 2003;
Seminar on Sustainable development – coordinated by the musician/agronomist William Henderson, who is a member of the Community of Findhorn in Scotland. Its purpose was to propagate and mobilize people towards a personal and collective attitude of self-maintenance. Botucatu,2003;
Seminar on Greek Mythology – The Myth of Heracles and the Relations of Power – Professor Doctor Cristina Franciscato, 2003.
Meeting with youth to discuss “Pondering about Media  in our everyday" at Escola Viva - Botucatu , 2003;
The publishing in Botucatu of the Brazilian title of the book “Aprendendo a aprender” (Learning how to learn), by Krishnamurti, counting on the presence of the translators and subsequent discussion on the theme. – 2003;
The inauguration of the site www.artesaude.org.br., seeking to use the virtual space to practice “the art of conversation”, essential  to the exchanging of ideas and the democratization of dialogue- 2003:
A Pilot Project of communitary mobilization to the plantation and use of medicinal herbs with the purpose of promoting the health of the population in needy areas – Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza - www.fafbrazil.com/fafbr/. Mococa – Sao Paulo , 2004;
Citizen Maturity – the promotion of meetings for a reflection in groups about the aging process and the different ways of coping with it. 2004;
Initiative and participation in the discussion with other corporations from the city with the candidates running for the Town Hall during the elections of 2004;
Workshops of DRAWING with Manoel Marques – encouraging a new view of the world through drawing. – 2004/2005;
Participation in the Municipal Committee for Justice and Peace (CNBB) – Botucatu ( in progress);
Participation in the Permanent Forum of Women of the city – Botucatu (in progress);
Attendance at the World Social Forum (Porto Alegre), with participation in the groups that discussed Human Rights and Non-Violent Communication (C N A) – The applying of socio-educating measures to Juvenile offenders- Porto Alegre –Brazil – January 2005.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

That all the United Nations initiatives may hold as a principle the model of cyclic and horizontal administration. That U.N. may carry out its mission as “the organizer of the nations of the world” by linking and unifying above and beyond the political and economical interests.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

- The Center for studies on Children and Teenagers (NECA) – Sao Paulo, Brazil;
- The Social Health System (Programa Saúde da Família “(Family Health Program)” – Brazil.
- The Group for Studies on Chaos and Fractals (UNESP). – Botucatu, SP – Brazil;
- Organization “Giramundo Mutuando `` Botucatu – SP – Brazil”;
- Committee for Justice and Peace – Archdiocese of Botucatu – SP Brazil;
- Instituto Floravida - Botucatu – São Paulo – Brazil;
- Government schools (Escola de Governo) – Brazil;
- Action of Citizenship – Botucatu – SP – Brazil.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

-“Cinemaqueanda” – an itinerant project which shows movies as a pretext to the discussion of virtues, behavior and interpersonal relations;
-The development of centers for an integrated assistance to teenagers in dangerous situations, in partnership with the Town Hall and other organizations of the third sector.
-The continuity and enlargement of the Project of Communitary Mobilization for the plantation and use of medicinal herbs;
-Finally, the promotion of  new social actions which will strengthen the awareness of wholesome health and the concept of mental, social and environmental ecology, in the quest of a healthier collective life.

Postal address of organization

R. Marechal Deodoro, 413.
Botucatu-CEP: 18.600-320

E-mail address of organization


Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable Development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)


Second priority country of action (or international)

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