Arts Partners

Fundaci贸n Nacional Batuta

The National Foundation Batuta is a non-profit entity, created in 1991 on the initiative of the National Government in association with private companies. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the children, adolescents and youth of Colombia, through a musical training of excellence that incorporates a perspective of social inclusion, rights and cultural diversity.

Batuta’s work is based on the methodology Orchestra-School, a pedagogical approach focused on collective musical making supported by grounded processes promoting values such as respect, honesty, equity, harmony, teamwork and solidarity, among others. The entity has programs for boys and girls from two years of age to 18-year-olds; these are: the First Childhood Program, the Musical Initiation Program and the Symphonic Training Program.

Currently, there are more than 40 thousand boys and girls participating in Batuta鈥檚 projects, taking part in 371 choirs, 669 musical initiation ensembles and 63 symphony orchestras, receiving their weekly classes in 220 musical centers located in 111 municipalities throughout the 32 Departments of the country.

After temporarily closing its 220 music centers due to COVID-19, the organization developed a virtual and remote training model, using digital synchronous and asynchronous training tools, radio music training programs and correspondence training (handbooks and USB). Batuta believes in the transforming power of music and for this reason, it is working intensively in the midst of the health emergency to keep alive and activate its network of affections and knowledge at the service of the most vulnerable children and youth in the country.

Mar铆a Claudia Parias Dur谩n

Executive President
Fundaci贸n Nacional Batuta

Social Communicator and Journalist (Universidad de la Sabana), specialist in Cultural Management and Management (Universidad del Rosario), Master in Cultural Administration (University of Barcelona) and fellow of National Arts Strategies (USA). She has worked as Regional Development Director of the Ministry of Culture, General Director of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Director of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Technical Assistant of the Culture Area of 鈥嬧媡he Andr茅s Bello Convention, Director of the Magazine International Art from the Museum of Modern Arts in Bogot谩 and advisor to various cultural projects. In her more than 25 years dedicated to cultural management, Parias has focused on the strategic direction of cultural organizations, on the development of innovative projects in the cultural sector and on the internationalization of local initiatives thanks to his work in global networks, including the International Society for the Performing Arts, ISPA, where she was Vice President of the Board of Directors. She is professor of postgraduate courses in cultural management (Universidad del Rosario and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogot谩). She has been a member of boards of directors of entities such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, the Caro y Cuervo Institute, the District Institute of the Arts (IDARTES) and the Fulbright Commission. Currently, she is a core member of the Executive Council of the International Music Council (IMC) and is part of the Mission of Educators and Citizen Wisdom of Bogot谩.

Catherine Surace Arenas

Academic Director
Fundaci贸n Nacional Batuta

Musician (Javeriana University) with a master鈥檚 degree in Obo茅 performance from the University of Michigan, United States. Surace is currently completing the Master of Musicology studies at the National University of Colombia. She has worked with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra as an orchestra musician and as Director of the Musical Studies Career, Coordinator of the Chamber Music and Interpretation Area and as a teacher at the Faculty of Arts of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Fundaci贸n Crear Vale la Pena

Organisation focused on Art and Social Transformation, founded more than 20 years ago with the aim of transforming life projects through Creativity.

It specializes in the development of creative tools that facilitate learning, improve coexistence and generate greater well-being.

Since its origin, it has maintained a Cultural Center through which it develops a territorial work in the neighbourhoods most affected by poverty and lack of opportunities in San Isidro, province of Buenos Aires.

Crear runs an art program applied to formal education, comprehensive health and community integration called Entornos Creativos (Creative Environments) across different Argentinian provinces. This project has been recognized as one of the 13 Latin American experiences with the greatest pedagogical innovation by the World Bank, the OEI and the OAS.

It also works in alliance with different referents and international organizations, taking its methodology to other countries in the world.

Crear鈥檚 actions have reached more than 65,000 people in schools and communities, awakening creative gifts to transform personal and social realities.

In茅s Sanguinetti

Co-founder and president of Fundaci贸n Crear Vale la Pena                                                                          Dancer, choreographer and sociologist

Besides being president of Crear Vale la Pena, Sanguinetti directs its Creative Environments Program, focused on the use of Arts and Creativity to transform life projects in schools and communities in vulnerable contexts. The program has already reached more than 56,000 people in 8 cities in Argentina and has been recognised as one of the 13 experiences of greater pedagogical innovation in Latin America by the IDB, OAS, and OEI.

She is a member of the Latin American network Cultura Viva Comunit谩ria and of the International Teaching Arts Collaborative (ITAC).

For Sanguinetti, her mission currently is to transfer creative, playful and well-being-driven methodologies in various cities in Argentina and Latin America. These techniques can lead to the improvement of teaching and learning processes in schools, social organisations and companies.   

Patricia Taboada

Political scientist, specialised in pro-social communication and sustainable development

She is currently the Head of Institutional Development at Fundaci贸n Crear Vale la Pena. She began her career working in the public sector as an advisor and consultant for various agencies such as the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation, the Planning Agency, under the Secretary of Water Resources of the Nation, the Avon Foundation, and private companies. Then she found in third sector organisations her true passion, focusing on sustainable development, triple impact projects and environmental education. She currently contributes all her knowledge and experience in Crear Vale la Pena synergizing institutional links in pursuit of the transversality of culture and social transformation.

Pamela Pasquali

+54 011 2 1644089

Audio-visual producer, artist, and ceramist

Born in the western part of the province of Buenos Aires, in her adolescence she began the path of art facing artistic processes in the world of theatre. She studied scriptwriting, photography and made the career of Production and Realisation for Film and Television. At the same time, she discovered the world of fire arts by emphasising pottery and training in it, which gave life, as a result, to an art space for children conceived and directed by her.

She worked in the world of film, TV and advertising and also in the area of adult education and training.

She is currently responsible for the integral production of the Crear Vale la Pena Foundation where, day by day, she works combining her skills as a director of artistic processes, with the strong conviction that art and social transformation go hand in hand.

Teatro La Plaza

It is a non-profit association born in 2003 with the mission of taking creative risks to generate meeting points that stir senses and consciences.

Since then, Teatro La Plaza has established itself as a space for theatre creation that investigates and interprets reality in order to build a critical point of view that dialogues with its community. Likewise, hand in hand with adult programming, and aware that each boy and girl is uniquely capable, independent, curious and full of potential, La Plaza Ni帽os programming was born.

La Plaza workshops provide pedagogical experiences for children, adolescents, youth and adults to strengthen their expressive capacities.

In 2013, the program Sala de Parto (Delivery Room) was created, aiming to stimulate the birth of new Peruvian works and authors; generate training spaces around stage creation; connect the public and local artists with international proposals; and stimulate the creation of networks between artists and cultural managers at the national level.

In 2020, La Plaza Media was born seeking to produce transmedia content and exploring hybrid languages 鈥嬧媌etween theatre and other disciplines

Chela de Ferrari

Artistic Director
Teatro La Plaza

Born in Lima, Peru. De Ferrari studied painting at the University of Rio Piedras, in Puerto Rico and theater at the Lima Theater Club. She founded the Drama Cultural Association and is Artistic Director of the La Plaza Theatre since 2003. In 2013 she created Sala de Parto, a program to promote Peruvian drama, and in 2019, she created La Plaza Media to develop transmedia content. As a theatre director, she has created contemporary versions of classics like Shakespeare’s 鈥淗amlet鈥; and directed Peruvian texts like 鈥淟a cautiva鈥 by Luis Alberto Le贸n. During 2017, she was commissioned by the Minister of Culture, Salvador Del Solar, and in the same year she received the distinction of P.M.C (Meritorious Personality of Culture), in recognition of her contribution to the development of culture in Peru.

Claudia Tangoa

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Teacher, director, playwright and manager with experience in performing arts projects based on collective and interdisciplinary practices with a social and political focus. Graduated from the Performing Arts specialty of the Pontificia Universidad Cat贸lica del Per煤 (PUCP). Among the works she has written and directed are: 鈥淧royecto 1980/2000, el tiempo que hered茅鈥, 鈥溍慳帽a鈥, and 鈥淪an Bartolo鈥.

She has been part of the teaching team of the Performing Arts faculties of the Scientific University of the South and of the PUCP. Currently, she is a playwright at the Teatro La Plaza; Co-coordinator, together with Alejandro Clavier, of the La Plaza Theater Emerging Artists Creation Program, aimed at female creators; and Coordinator of the Meeting Point Program for managers and creators from all over Peru.

Josue Casta帽eda Campos

Theatre director, teacher and theatrical researcher聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 Teatro La Plaza

Master’s in Theatre Directing from Columbia University, New York, with a scholarship from the Schubert Foundation. Bachelor’s in Theatre from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru with the R.P. Jorge Dintilhac Scholarship. Winner of the Prince Claus Seed Award 2021.

Consultant in the research area at Teatro La Plaza. He works as a teacher at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and Broward College (through the Global Centre USIL). He has been in charge of more than a dozen theatre training programs at a national (ENSAD, PUCP) and international level (Barnard College, USA; National University, Costa Rica). He has directed the productions: “Becoming a Man: Exercises to Rethink Masculinity” | Lima, 2018; “Judith” by Jean Giraudoux | Lima, 2019; “an album of delayed images” | co-production Peru – USA, 2021; and “all shame all” | Lima, 2022, thanks to the Prince Claus Foundation and the Peruvian North American Cultural Institute. He is currently working on the development of the piece “The Noble Art of Opening Doors.”

La Familia Ayara

The artistic and social foundation La Familia Ayara is an organisation of Afro-Colombian and mixed-race young people conducting social, artistic, educational and productive activities based on the culture of Hip Hop. Its main goal is to improve the life opportunities of children and young people, and to empower them through strengthening their social citizenship so they can claim their rights.

Since its beginning in 1996, La Familia Ayara uses elements of Hip Hop and urban art to develop society, such as break dance, graffiti, rap, DJ, theater, capoeira, fashion making and communication media.

To achieve this, four training methodologies have been developed:

  • High Impact Methodology Ayara (La MAIA)
  • Rap Debate Methodology: Methodology for the peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue.
  • Cartonera Methodology: Literacy and Democracy Methodology literature.
  • Methodology for strengthening the human resources of organizations.

Also, Ayara has a Cultural Center with rooms for workshops, seminars and movie forums, an urban art gallery and music recording studios. The Center houses a marketing and digital advertising agency, an artist agency and a production company. There is also a Youth Observatory of Good Practices, dedicated to the documentation, diffusion and strengthening of youth initiatives that use art and culture to build peace and participatory democracy.

Lauren Yanina Barbosa Tovar

Position: Director of communications and project coordinator at La Familia Ayara
Education: Social communication and journalism; Specialist in marketing and digital advertising

Lauren is a social communicator with a specialisation in marketing and digital advertising from the Central University of Bogot谩, Colombia.
She has 4 years of experience as a workshop facilitator in photography and audiovisual media, working with children and young people at risk and vulnerability.
She is also a leader and defender of Afro human rights and women’s empowerment groups in Colombia. For the last two years, Lauren has been the Communications Director for La Familia Ayara, while also coordinating social projects aimed at protecting and guaranteeing rights of children and young people.

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