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Art as a tool of resilience

"Resilience through Art", AVSI's manual promoting artistic activity as a tool to help vulnerable children and adults

Arte E Resilienza

"Resilience through Art" - by Cecilia Laker PIzzi and Maya Rechdane - is a manual for internal use dedicated to the staff of the 38 countries where AVSI operates.

This handbook is the result of the expertise gained through several child protection projects implemented in Mozambique, Lebanon and Jordan. It has been presented as a useful guide to all those professionals who wish to offer targeted artistic activities - preparatory to resilience - in contexts of crisis, emergency or vulnerability.

Resilience is the ability of an individual or a community to face and overcome a traumatic event or a period of hardship, becoming able to overcome negative events.

Artistic experience can concretely stimulate the person to express their emotions and achieve the free manifestation of the self. In addition, when someone sees their own work of art completed, they recognize its uniqueness and consequent beauty, this improving their self-esteem, facilitating the process of recognition of one’s own value.

The idea stems from the request of the staff in Mozambique, which after being trained on how art can become a way to develop resilience, requested a tool that could provide continuity to the training and be of help in using the artistic language as psychosocial support in situations of vulnerability. In fact, a preliminary training of the staff is planned so that they can learn how to use the tool in the best possible way in various projects.

Currently available in four languages (Italian, English, French, Portuguese), with graphics financed by UNHCR Congo, "Resilience through Art" proposes 12 different activities (accompanied by explanations on the methods and materials needed), to be implemented following a model that can be adapted to different contexts and takes into account:

- the objectives to be achieved

- the specific context in which the activity takes place (to ensure safe and secure interactions)

- the addressees, so that the different activities are adapted to the age group and the type of vulnerability

- the materials to be used (their cost and availability)

From February, the Spanish version will also be available.

Lucia Castelli collaborated in the editing process of the manual, Marta Moretti and Elisa Tentori in the collection of materials and Lisa Romellini on the graphics.

To organize a training session and request a copy of the manual, please write to cecilia.pizzi@avsi.org