Over the course of one year, 150 young boys and girls from different areas of Buenos Aires practiced composing, singing, playing different instruments, and at the same time, discussed, interpreted and learnt about several rights: free expression, identity, gender equality, health and jobs.
The activity was carried out by MINU Civil Association, one of the NGOs who won the "Communities with Voice" contest promoted by the World Bank. "The project Put your Rights to Music was a duel challenge because it was the first time we had used Art as a transformation tool and it also was an extra-curricular activity," says Martín Galanternik, Director of the organization.
The initiative included young people aged between 9 and 18 years old and it took place in five locations: Holy Family home residency in Del Viso, the soup kitchen in slum 1-11-14 in Bajo Flores, Freedom Neighborhood Center in Hurlingham, Renunciation Club of Dock Sud, in Avellaneda, and School No. 20 in Villa Lugano.
"The idea was to take samples of what they are listening to, and through interactive workshops, show them that music has a message and content which may or may not recognize your rights", adds Galanternik. Towards the end of the workshop, the participants wrote a song and recorded it digitally.