Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz is to build his second art and technology school in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
The project is partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in order to develop the programme. Escolado do Vidigala, in the neighbourhood of Vidigal, will offer free art classes to local children between the ages of five and eight.
This is Muniz’s second art school of the same genre, having founded the Centro Espacial Vik Muniz — an art institute within the school Galpão Aplauso — in 2006, also in Rio de Janeiro. The school currently has around 400 students from 200 favelas attending classes each year.
“We want to prepare kids to live and exist in a very visually challenging environment and to be able to act as producers as well as consumers,” explains Muniz to The Art Newspaper, “Their reality is very different than that of the regular art student,” he tells db artmag.