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Artist opens art and technology school in Rio favela

The Escola do Vidigal is the latest step in the Vik Muniz’s plans to overhaul the Brazilian education system

Vik Muniz visiting a school in Rio

The artist Vik Muniz plans to open an art and technology school in one of Rio’s hillside favelas next month.

The school is being built on the slopes of Vidigal, a poor neighbourhood overlooking Ipanema beach. Muniz, who was born into a working-class family in São Paulo in 1961, has funded the initial construction costs of the school, which local children aged between five and eight years old will attend for free. The programme is being developed in a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), according to Brazilian media.

The Escola do Vidigal (Vidigal School) is the latest step in the artist’s ambitious plans to overhaul the structure of the Brazilian education system. In 2006, he created the Centro Espacial Vik Muniz in Rio, an arts education centre aimed at children living in slums, and he has since been working on a congress on visual literacy. “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,” he told The Art Newspaper last year.

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1 Sep 14
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Brilliant initiative. Vik's attention to detail and ability to work with systems provides every reason to believe that this project will be more than a single success story, but in fact a new model for direct action in who is empowered with education.

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