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Amplificando las Voces (Latin America)

‘For a different today and tomorrow’ Mural in Potosí, Ciudad Bolívar (YouthLEAD)

In Latin America (LatAm), the CTS projects have focused on the precarious position of young people, who despite having grown up in conflict-affected societies, have a clear vision for a more peaceful future. This consolidation phase will integrate learning from across the five CTS projects in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil to document good practices and key comparative insights, as well as the unique aspects of each project.

Rooted in the research findings and art-based participatory practices across the projects, this phase, Amplificando las Voces: Consolidation of Changing the Story Projects in Latin America, aims to amplify the voices of the participants. Through collaborative dialogue and critical reflection, we will identify cross-cutting issues that are at the heart of building inclusive civil societies with, and for, young people.

The LatAm Consolidation phase focuses on three key cross-cutting themes identified by the CTS commissioned projects.

First, how can the arts be used as a tool to articulate and address complex research questions? Across the LatAm sites, we have employed different arts-based approaches, such as murals, photography, creative writing, and music, alongside theoretical sociology models exploring power.  Second, how to foster and sustain participatory practices across geographic space, time zones, cultural differences, and generations? We will reflect on and document participatory processes that helped to build trust across boundaries, as well as areas for future work. A third, and closely related, theme is how to engage youth as partners in the co-production of arts-based, participatory processes? Young people are at the heart of the CTS LatAm projects. However, collaborators and participants often live in precarity. We will explore and investigate the balance of participant-led practices, with the reality that this work is often fitting in around their busy lives as students, employees and carers for family members in difficult circumstances.

Through the participation of non-academic stakeholders, we will generate and disseminate a number of best practices that may help shape and inform future research, interventions, and government policies and programmes.

Watch Voices of the Territory, a documentary created by Amplificando las Voces:

Amplificando las Voces

En América Latina, los proyectos de Changing The Story (CTS) se han centrado en la posición precaria de los jóvenes, quienes tienen una visión clara de un futuro más pacífico, a pesar de En América Latina, los proyectos de Changing The Story (CTS) se han centrado en la posición precaria de los jóvenes, quienes tienen una visión clara de un futuro más pacífico, a pesar de haber crecido en sociedades afectadas por conflictos. Esta fase de consolidación une el aprendizaje de los cinco proyectos de CTS en Colombia, Venezuela y Brasil para documentar buenas prácticas y conocimientos comparativos claves, así como los aspectos únicos de cada proyecto.

Esta fase, Amplificando las voces: Consolidación de proyectos de Changing the Story en América Latina, se basa en los hallazgos de la investigación y las prácticas artísticas participativas de cada proyecto. A través del diálogo colaborativo y la reflexión crítica, identificaremos temas transversales que están en el centro de la construcción de sociedades civiles inclusivas con y para los jóvenes.

La fase de consolidación de América Latina se centra en tres temas transversales claves identificados por los proyectos previos de CTS:

Primero, ¿cómo se pueden usar las artes como una herramienta para articular y abordar temas de investigación complejos? En todos los proyectos de América Latina, hemos empleado diferentes enfoques basados ​​en el arte, como murales, fotografía, escritura creativa y música, junto con modelos teóricos de sociología que exploran el poder. En segundo lugar, ¿cómo fomentar y mantener prácticas participativas a lo largo del espacio geográfico, las zonas horarias, y las diferencias culturales y generacionales? Reflexionaremos sobre y documentaremos los procesos participativos que ayudan a generar confianza transfronteriza, así como las áreas para trabajos futuros. Un tercer tema, estrechamente relacionado, es cómo involucrar a los jóvenes como socios en la coproducción de procesos participativos basados ​​en las artes. Los jóvenes están en el corazón de los proyectos de CTS en América Latina. Sin embargo, los colaboradores y participantes viven en precariedad a menudo. Exploraremos e investigaremos el equilibrio de las prácticas dirigidas por los participantes, con la realidad de que este trabajo a menudo se adapta a sus vidas ocupadas como estudiantes, empleados y cuidadores de familiares en circunstancias difíciles.

A través de la participación de actores no académicos, generaremos y difundiremos una serie de buenas prácticas que pueden ayudar a formar e informar futuras investigaciones, intervenciones, políticas y programas gubernamentales.

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Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items relating to Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil are listed below:

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Promoting social entrepreneurship through participatory arts and music with marginalised young people in times of pandemic in ColombiaBlog (2021/08/26) Promoting social entrepreneurship through participatory arts and music with marginalised young people in times of pandemic in Colombia, , , colombia phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Las Voces De Un Río Que Se Niega A MorirBlog (2018/12/21) Las Voces De Un Río Que Se Niega A Morir, , , colombia phase1 locationblog language-spanish subject-reflections
Meet AntoniaMeet Antonia, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Colombia., , , colombia changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-spanish
Filming the Margins: Documentary Film, Participation and the Poetics of Resistance in Contemporary Brazil Stephanie Dennison and Gilberto Alexandre SobrinhoThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 11 of the book 'Participatory Arts in International Development' published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho, Stephanie Dennison, , brazil locationarticle language-english subject-participatory-arts
For a Different Today and TomorrowBlog (2019) For a Different Today and TomorrowDr Laura K. Taylor, , , colombia phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
International Conference on Human Rights, Democracy, Cultures of Peace and Nonviolence (DEMOSPAZ)Blog (2019/12/11) International Conference on Human Rights, Democracy, Cultures of Peace and Nonviolence (DEMOSPAZ)Mirla Pérez, , , phase2 venezuela locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Tales of the Future – ColombiaBlog (2018/04/05) Tales of the Future – ColombiaDr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , colombia phase1 locationblog language-english
Relatos del futuro/ The Future is Unwritten (Colombia)Co-Investigator Simon Dancey Changing the Story’s Phase 1 Colombia strand incorporates two areas of research. The first, an experimental project that seeks to stimulate creativity among young people dwelling at …Dr Simon Dancey, , , colombia phase1 locationfilm subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
Post-Conflict Participatory Arts Socially Engaged DevelopmentThis book investigates the power of art to enhance human development and to initiate positive social change for individuals and societies recovering from conflict. Edited by Changing the Story partners …Diego Alfonso, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Claudia Pineda Marín, Dr Laura K. Taylor, Dr Scott Burnett, Dr Tendayi Marovah, Edwin Cubillos, Joshua Chikozho, Nub Raj Bhandari, Willard Muntanga, , , , , , , , , , , colombia kenya lebanon nepal uganda zimbabwe locationarticle language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Transforming Conflict and Displacement through Arts and Humanities Opening PlenaryOpening plenary for PRAXIS virtual workshop, Transforming Conflict and Displacement through Arts and Humanities. With panellists Asma Khalifa, Ruth Daniel, Teresa Bean and Neelam RainaAsma Khalifa, Neelam Raina, PRAXIS, Ruth Daniel, Teresa Bean, , , , colombia event kashmir libya locationfilm language-english
The Arts of Survival (English)Written by Alejandro Castillejo Cuellar and investigators Alex Sierra and Juanita Frankey, the following critical review of the Phase 1 Colombia project Tales of the Future: Senses, Creativity and the …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , , colombia phase1 locationreport language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections
A Journey That Changed Our StoryA summary of Mr Klaje's visit to the UK, March-May 2022. Including workshops in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and LeedsMr Klaje, , , , colombia phase2 locationlanguage-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education
Small Scale Peace: Fractures of Everyday Life and Transitional PoliciesJournal article Read Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (Phase 1 Colombia Project 'Tales of the Future) article titled 'Small Scale Peace: Fractures of Everyday Life and Transitional Policies in Colombia published in Revista …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia phase1 locationarticle language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Beyond the Development Imaginary: Alternative Policy in Brazil and ColombiaThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 3 of the book 'Participatory Arts in International Development' published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Dr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, , brazil colombia locationarticle language-english
Participatory digital methodologies with young people in “fragile” contexts in times of COVID-19Blog (2020/12/03) Participatory digital methodologies with young people in “fragile” contexts in times of COVID-19Dr Marlies Kustatscher, , , , colombia phase2 locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-reflections
Peace in a Small Scale'Peace in a Small Scale: Colombia and the Social Imagination of the Future' by Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar and with the research assistance of Alex Sierra. This paper was presented as part …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia event phase1 changemakers locationfilm language-english
A Critique of Transitional DiscourseWritten by Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (Phase 1 Colombia Project 'Tales of the Future). The following article is a product of Alejandro's research and raises the need to question "Transitional scenarios," their …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia phase1 locationarticle language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
The planet of no memoryThis fanzine is created by the Youth Research Board's Preserving Memory Group composed by: David, Antonia, Trina and Leonard. It comes as a product of art research on projects supported …Antonia Bello, David Espitia, Leonard Nyiringabo, Trina Hoti, , , , colombia kosovo rwanda youth-research-board locationformat-zine language-english
How do young people in conflict settings view peace?Listen to the jungle, the rivers and the voices of young people from the Atrato River populations, one of the areas hardest hit in the country by the conflict. Alejandro …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia phase1 locationlanguage-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-peace
YouthLEAD Case StudyYouthLead (Colombia) is a participatory arts research project and collaboration between Queen's University Belfast, National Centre for Historical Memory, Konrad Lorenz University and Gestores de Paz. which addresses two broad …, , , , , , , colombia locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-3-health-and-well-being subject-participatory-arts subject-street-art youth
Music, Community and Environment workshop - Mr KlajeRecording of Mr Klaje’s (Colombia) Music, Community and Environment workshop, 29th April, University of Leeds. This workshop promoted collaborative work actions and intercultural scenarios among diverse students/participants, as a strategy …Mr Klaje, , , , colombia event phase2 locationfilm language-english subject-participatory-arts
Safeguarding, the story so farSafeguarding means protecting vulnerable people from harm, whether malicious or unintended, by believing and responding to concerns through a systematic approach. In 2019-20, we’re developing a project to generate discussion …Tony Cegielka, , , colombia safeguarding locationfilm language-english sdg-16-institutions
Introducción del editor invitado: la paz en pequeña escalaIntroducción del editor invitado: la paz en pequeña escala, Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (2019)Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , colombia locationarticle language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearBlog (2021/05/21) PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearAisha Kayani, , , , , , , , , , cambodia colombia india kosovo phase2 south-africa changemakers locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-participatory-arts youth
Colombia FilmInterviews with visual artists about creation of animations recording stories of former child soldiers in Colombia.Angel David Hurtado Orozco, David Espitia, Juliana Cueller, Megan Valentine, Nicolas Ocampo, Victoria Huan Zhu, , , , colombia changemakers locationfilm language-english subject-reflections youth
#CTStakeover: Pensamiento y libertad (Venezuela)Blog (2019/10/28) #CTStakeover: Pensamiento y libertad (Venezuela)Katie Brown, , , phase2 venezuela locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Etnia Company Performance Universidad de los Andes, ColombiaIn September 2019, the Etnia Company, a group of musicians from Choco, Colombia were invited to participate in a panel discussion and perform at an international conference held at the …, colombia event locationfilm
Mobility Fund Report, 2020In 2019, Changing the Story (CTS) launched a Mobility Fund, offering financial support of up to £1000 designed to enhance the mobility and professional development of CTS grantees based in …, , , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina colombia india nepal south-africa venezuela locationreport language-english subject-policy youth
Um Pouco de Tudo, Talvez / A Little of Everything, PerhapsBlog (2018/03/16) Um Pouco de Tudo, Talvez / A Little of Everything, Perhaps, , brazil changemakers locationblog language-english
Meet JesúsCheck out the video to hear Jesús from the Changing the Story Youth Research Board talk about what his motivations were for his research and where he is going with …Jesús Campos, , , venezuela changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-spanish
'Cual es la verdad' Briefing (English)While digital methods have been around for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic has required projects around the world to move to the digital sphere and adapt their approaches accordingly. In …, , , , , , , , , colombia locationlanguage-english sdg-1-poverty sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry subject-covid19 subject-reflections
Phase One Critical Review: The Future is Unwritten (Colombia)Written by Dr Simon Dancey and Emily Morrison this critical review of the Phase One Colombia project explores what is known about social imaginaries in Colombia in existing literature and …Dr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, , , , , , colombia phase1 locationreport language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections youth
Del ahogado el sombrero, a manera de manifiestoDel ahogado el sombrero, a manera de manifiesto: esbozos para una crítica al discurso transicional. Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology. By Alejandro Castillejo Cuéllar, 2018.Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, colombia locationarticle language-spanish
Caja de Herramientas Methodological toolkitCuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in Chocó through music and arts is a Phase 2 Large Grant …, , , , , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions subject-participatory-arts
The Tree of Love: Resilience, Resistance and Reconciliation Among Former Child Soldiers in ColombiaBlog (2019/11/07) The Tree of Love: Resilience, Resistance and Reconciliation Among Former Child Soldiers in ColombiaDr Mathew Charles, , colombia locationblog language-english subject-reflections
The power of music for connecting young people globallyBlog (2021/07/20) The power of music for connecting young people globallyDr Edwar Calderón, , , , , colombia phase2 changemakers locationblog language-english subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
Desde las fronteras de la precariedadBlog (2018/12/21) Desde las fronteras de la precariedadProf Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , colombia phase1 locationblog language-spanish subject-reflections
The Arts of Survival (Spanish)Written by Alejandro Castillejo Cuellar and investigators Alex Sierra and Juanita Frankey, the following critical review of the Phase 1 Colombia project Tales of the Future: Senses, Creativity and the …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , , colombia phase1 locationreport language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections
WPS1 FINAL Post Participatory Arts for the Post Development EraThis first working paper "Post-Participatory' Arts for the 'Post-Development' Era" is co-authored by Professor Paul Cooke and by Inés Soria-Turner. It represents some initial work undertaken during an international seminar …Inés Soria-Donlan, Prof Paul Cooke, , , , , brazil india locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education
Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) Final Project VideoCuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in Chocó through music and arts is a Phase 2 Large Grant …, , , , , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions subject-participatory-arts
Thinking togetherBlog (2019/12/13) Thinking togetherJesús Flores, Mirla Pérez, , , , colombia phase2 venezuela locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Edwar CaledronWith English subtitlesDr Edwar Calderón, , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish
Meet JesúsJesús is from San Isidro, Venezuela. Hear from Jesús about his work with children and young people in his community and what quote inspires Jesús most. With English subtitlesJesús Campos, , , venezuela changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-spanish
Promoting social entrepreneurship through participatory artsThe latest briefing from the ¿Cuál es la verdad? Project reflects on our learning experience of supporting a group of young people to set up a multi-strand social enterprise called …, , , , , , , colombia phase3 locationlanguage-english sdg-1-poverty sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry subject-covid19
Troubled Reflections: A small window of opportunity for transformation in ColombiaBlog (2019/05/18) Troubled Reflections: A small window of opportunity for transformation in ColombiaEmily Morrison, , , colombia phase1 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
'Cual es la verdad' Briefing Spanish)Si bien los métodos digitales han existido durante algún tiempo, la pandemia de COVID-19 ha requerido que proyectos en todo el mundo se muevan a la esfera digital y adapten …, , , , , , , , , colombia locationlanguage-spanish sdg-1-poverty sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry subject-covid19 subject-reflections
La Verdad, created and performed by Cuál es la verdad?La Verdad, created and performed by Cuál es la verdad? (Colombia). Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in …, , , , , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions subject-participatory-arts