“Girls and boys want to give a message about protecting the environment” – Inforegion

For the first time, Peru will compete, along with 28 countries, in a Guinness World Record event where they will aim to win the category the largest artistic mosaic in the world. From Africa to India, this initiative seeks boys and girls from different regions of the globe to convey a message of peace and environmental protection through art.

To learn more about this initiative, INFOREGIÓN spoke with Sandra Moretti, who is the president of the Latin American Institute for the Integration and Development of the Arts (IIIDA). She spoke in detail about the specifics of the project and what challenges it faces in our country.

“This started coming together in March of this year. We work with various independent associations that also carry out this initiative in different parts of the world. And in Peru, we went to regions like Cuzco, Arequipa, Cuzco, Huanuco, Huancavelicca, Lima, Piura, Cajamarca, etc.,” explains Moretti.

Activity carried out in Huancavelica.

She has been a plastic artist for more than 21 years and without expecting any economic compensation, she launched the project together with Cesar Ricon, who chairs the organization Arts and Frontiers for Peace (ASFAP) and Ernesto Rocha, who made the largest mural in the world , made for one person. “It was a titanic race. We do not receive support from the state or any public institution. It’s all for the love of the red and white jersey. or Peru. It’s love for culture”, emphasizes Moretti.

More than 200 boys and girls from different regions of the country participate in the project. In their paintings, they also depict the relationship they have with the environment and the perception of caring for it. “I tell these kids to draw what they see in their community or what they would like the world to be like. 10-year-old girls reflect on Russia’s war with Ukraine. They draw a heart and on it people holding hands. So when I ask them what it means, they tell me this: “Since we should all be united, why are we destroying ourselves?«. Other children draw dark rivers or black trees. The message they want to give to protect the environment is obvious,” he adds.

Moretti tells us that in order to make this work visible, he turned to the Ministry of Culture for help, but did not receive positive answers. In this sense, she requested the cooperation of the municipal structures as well. To date, it has not received support from any public entity. “I’ve knocked on many doors and it’s always the same answer: No budget.” Independent galleries require a bond of S/1000 or S/2000; money we don’t have,” he warns.

There are 2,500 works to date that need to be collected to be sent to Mexico, the cost of which will be covered by the Angor company, so that the works can reach the competition that will be held in October. The truth is that there is much to be done for the children of the regions who do not have the financial means to develop their artistic side. For this reason, art seeks to create the necessary sensibility to make it a relevant medium in the country.

Girls and boys painting in Cusco.

But in terms of the materials needed to make the paintings, the managers, that is, those in charge of the project in the different regions of the country, knock on the doors of different premises or businesses in their areas, where they look for sources of funding.

“There are about 50 agencies at the national level that encourage the participation of various sectors. I tell them to knock on their neighbor’s door, chicken coop or chicken shop so they can contribute. We encourage you to participate by placing your logo under the photos taken on the day. It’s a means of diffusion for these rooms,” explains Moretti.

Girls painting in Apurimac.

The project seeks to include these differently-abled girls and boys as well, as what is sought is proper inclusion. But participation is not limited to minors as anyone who wants to be part of the project is welcome. For this reason, this September 10 there will be a presentation at Brisas del Titicaca, a place that combines folk dances and live music with traditional Peruvian food. The event will start at 9am and is completely free. From adults, young people as well as girls and boys can participate and be part of the experience of the world’s largest artistic mosaic.

District of Carabaillo, Lima.

Approximately 12,000 works will be submitted for participation in the competition, and Peru will send 2,500 of them to participate in the initiative. If you would like to support the project, IIIDA is holding a solidarity raffle in which canvases made by various artists will be raffled off, including one made by Sandra Moretti herself. The price is S/10.

Activity carried out in Huancavelica.

Information about the raffle on the next picture.

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