What does Casabe al arte do?
In Salamina, municipality of Montería in Córdoba, no art classes had been held for the past 17 years because students did not have the economic conditions to acquire the materials, thus the
idea came up to look for materials in this context, which would creatively and with innovation allow for artistic creations. Professor Ildefonso Mestra began to implement the new technique to
work with casaba, refuse of yucca starch, to paint. Likewise, students create their own tools, such as brushes with horse hairs.
How does it impact your community?
With this initiative creative and innovative people are formed, who know their reality and the context. The learning is much more meaningful, self-esteem is strengthened, students have
dreams, projects for life, and since there is group work values like respect, tolerance, solidarity, leadership, wounds produced by the violent context are healed in this zone of the country. Today
around 60 to 80 students are benefitted by the project per month.
How has RECON supported Casabe al arte?
Casabe al arte was the winner of the RECON contest in 2017, in the category of “Art, Culture and Sports”. It received $5.000.000 as seed capital and two training programs: the first was in
Value Transformation with the Dalai Lama Centre from MIT, and the second was for the strengthening of the social business model, training given by Impact Hub, Athena and RECON.
Furthermore, it has been seen in the RECON platform and some news outlets such as El Tiempo, El País and other regional media.