Venezuela is a country with a high awareness of the arts. The administration does much?
Venezuela is a country with a high awareness of the arts. The administration does much to foster this awareness particularly among children.
SYNOPSIS: One activity sponsored by the federal government's General Director of Culture is called 'The Popular Plan for Children's Painting'. In Caracas every Sunday groups of about one hundred young children gather in the Plaza Bolivar. As estimated two million children and youths have been abandoned by their parents in Venezuela and many of the children live in the "Ranchas" or shanty huts and slums in and around the capital. The children are given free materials and let loose to do whatever they want.
In this development programme to encourage them to express themselves, prominent artists are on hand should the children ask for help to get their ideas across. The children are depicting various aspects of Venezuelan life. When the works are finished they are entered in competitions for which the government provides prizes. There is a municipal ordnance that says almost every wall in Caracas should carry figurative or abstract decoration, which means there aren't very many blank walls left. No space is exempt.
In Venezuela's main port town of La Guaira, there is a special mural. It is called "the simplest things", and has been done in memory of Aquiles Nazoa, one of Venezuelans top poets who died in a car crash. Nearly 200 metres long, it was painted by schoolchildren.