A residency program embedding plastic artists into Brazilian public service.
What is the solution and why is it innovative?
We created a residency program where we embed plastic artists into Brazilian public service for 12 to 18 months. The artist are able to understand how public service works and to propose projects to be implemented in order to positively impact public service. We already embeded artists at Rio the Janeiro Police Force, Education department and the Court House in São Paulo. It is the only program of its kind in Latin America. Here is a video we produced for the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020.
Which obstacles did you overcome?
The challange is to find a good match between the artist and a public department that is opened to host the artist for 18 months. During our first residency, there was a military intervention on the Police Force (where our artist was embeded). It was a big change in the environment, but we managed to still have a great residency with surprising results.
Who did you involve?
We involved multiple public oficials, as well as all the public employees in every puplic departments we had a residency at.
What was the outcome?
The outcomes varies a lot depending on the artist. The first artist Tatiana Altberg made several projects that have increased the interaction between public employees at the police department. She also published a book about her experience during the residency. The second artist, Cadu, created a kit that sparkles the multiplication of Theater groups within public schools. He also created a web-platform where these groups can communicate. Finaly, Daniel Lima created a cartographic map explaining the complex judicial system related to crimes comited by people under age. He also started a podcast to discuss the topic.
Can you describe the impact you have made?
I believe we have positively impacted pulbic service by improving the communication inside the departments, estimulating art in schools and making it visible how the court house system works for adolescents.