Location Niterói, RJ
Grantee 2015
Attended areas Education and Culture

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Formação em Música no Espaço Cultural da Grota

Social Inclusion for at-risk Children and Youth Through Music Education

The Grota do Sucuru neighborhood in Niterói is rife with violence and offers few opportunities for children and youth. With low levels of educational attainment and dim prospects for work, locals find themselves underemployed.

For 20 years Espaço Cultural da Grota has been a great provider of culture and musical education for the community, providing technical musical instruction and preparing its students to pursue higher education in music.  Acquiring skills to work as musicians or music instructors themselves, the students then have opportunities to live better lives. To date, approximately 90% of Grota students who have completed advanced musical training succeed in entering university.

With support from BrazilFoundation, the project will:

• Provide children and youth living in at-risk communities access to culture;
• Utilize music education as an opportunity for income generation through work as a musician or music instructor.


• Musical training for 105 students
• Orchestra practice for 40 advanced-level students
• 500 children and youth who frequent the space indirectly benefited

“In art we are all equal, regardless of color or social status. Through education and culture, we can achieve full citizenship. “- Carlos Alberto Farah