Róbinson Andrés González - Social work and art. A commitment to Peace

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Róbinson Andrés González, eighth semester student of UNIMINUTO Social Work Soacha was one of two representatives for Colombia at the Global Youth Peace Summit in Northern Ireland from March 4 to 11, a meeting of young people exploring peace through the Arts.

The social and artistic work of Andrés has been developed at local level in different communities through the street art, teaching this practice to the young people as a tool for the use of free time, "painting street art have been able to recover spaces lost that unfortunately become focus of consumption, delinquency, then color, painting generates feelings, feelings to all viewers, that is the bet, from the creative to transform different scenarios."

Andrés attended the call made by the organization Beyond Skin, through the Colombian foundation School of Peace, which sought to bring two young Colombians to Northern Ireland to this global meeting of young people who build peace from the artistic, this student of Social Work Of the Regional Center Soacha had the opportunity to travel with a young Bogota. In this global meeting, Andrés had the opportunity to meet with young people from countries such as Sri Lanka, Palestine, Israel, Wales, England, Tanzania and Northern Ireland to share creative and artistic proposals for peacebuilding from their territories. In his case, the work he carries out through street art/grafitti and painting with young people from different communities and townships of Soacha as a tool for the use of free time that has been strengthened thanks to the program he studies. "The object of social work is the study of social problems and I think that these can be transformed through the skills and potential of people, many people die without knowing why it was good, I think this part of the skills can be turned into transformative capabilities and I'll bet on that, "Gonzalez said.

About this event, Andrés comments that it was a week of continuous work, sharing experiences, developing workshops in schools, "I met vulnerable communities that have political, ideological problems, gave them from the art another tool that will enable them to express what they feel and not to reach a conflict from the creative, a component that we all have and that we do not potentiate. The articulated social and artistic work makes possible many transformations on a personal, family, territorial level so that is my main bet from the academic and the artistic ".


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Róbinson Andrés González is a member of the #ArtsDialogue Collective. Read more here