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The Rui Cunha Foundation opens this Monday, August 30th at 11:00 am, the Student Art Exhibition 2021 “Love, Inclusion, Art”, an event annually promoted by the Macao Association for the Mentally Handicapped to share with the public the amount of imagination and creativity in the work carried out by young people with varied intellectual difficulties.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Macao Association for the Mentally Handicapped, students from the Kai Chi School, the Kai Chi Initial Training Center, the Kai Lung Vocational Center, the Kai Hon Center and the “Sam Meng Chi” Snack House, created a total of 44 pieces of painting and crafts, under the guidance of mentors who daily challenge these special young people to overcome their disabilities through the arts.

Founded in 1986, this institution has encouraged the learning of manual arts, as a way to «develop emotional and behavioral skills through self-expression. These workshops offer children and young people an opportunity to manipulate materials, stimulating the exploration through alternative communication methods, which give them a sense of control of the creative environment», explains the exhibition’s manifesto.

By supporting and inspiring a free artistic creation space, the schools and centers associated with this project have been able to «follow the growth of these students in terms of individual expression, improvement of social opportunities, greater self-esteem, well-being and happiness. These feelings contribute to their good health in general, respect and experience of life with dignity», further explains the Association.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Fundação Rui Cunha has hosted the event. As in last year’s edition – “Protect, Hope, Love – Students Art Exhibition 2020” –, pieces will be exhibited including painting, ceramics, crafts and collages, resulting from this ongoing project to value art for its communicative potential, ability to stimulate personal self-knowledge and challenging difficulties, stigmas and prejudices among these young people with special needs.

The artworks will only be displayed until the 2nd of September 2021 (Thursday).

Admittance is free, but subject to limitations, due to compliance with the health measures in place.

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