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not a project for them. They created the project Memorias de los niños de ayer (Memories of the children of yesterday), in which they created a mural depicting the vision of past times of the community through the eyes of the elderly. In developing the project, many seniors do not have the physical ability to paint, so they passed on their stories to children and young people to translate them into the mural. This served as a means of transmission of the cultural heritage of the people. This was an example of how art through community education helps keep alive the historical memory and cultural identity of individuals.

OTHER SIMILAR PROJECTS: It is not known of any other example of a project similar to the Walls of Hope in Central America, now or in the time they started the school. The closest are the Casas de la Cultura (Houses of Culture), which have a highly political mood due to they are administered by the government, which according to Bernardi is counterproductive. As being dependent on a particular political party, the people of the other party do not go there. The staff of the school of Perquín has been invited to collaborate with organizations in Guatemala and Colombia, in communities that, like Morazán, have also suffered state violence. In these international projects, the school's philosophy has become known as the Model Perquín. This model has the following characteristics: - It is completely independent of governmental institutions, they are not an NGO, and do not have any political link. - It uses art not only as "something beautiful,” but also as part of the education of human rights, community work, and diplomatic meeting in the community. - It works directly with communities, municipalities, health centers, schools, churches, etc.

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WOH research  

A Comparative Study of Two Great Arts-Based Community Projects

WOH research  

A Comparative Study of Two Great Arts-Based Community Projects

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