‘To generate new opportunities for young people through art and culture by offering mentoring and access to further socialization and professional skills’
ARebeldia Cultural Association is based in Alto Vera Cruz, a community located in a suburban area in Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Known for its low-income population, poor housing and educational conditions, Alto Vera Cruz has a population of over 30 thousands people.
In 2009, one if its local artist, Flávio Renegado alongside his cultural producer, Danusa Carvalho, founded ARebeldia which aims to encourage and foster the community’s participation and formation through arts and cultural projects.
ARebeldia believe that social transformation comes through individual development, followed by territorial development and also through the paths of Occupation - Recognition - Appropriation - Transformation. All of these concepts are included in the methods we use to plan our actions.
Occupations: ARebeldia parts from the concept of Local Occupation, be it through already installed equipment and institutions or through new establishments in the surrounding territory.
Recognition: Every community is built upon individual, collective or community resources. It is very important that this social fabric is valued and recognized by the institution and by the community themself so inhabitants can understand its history and Resiliently define the paths that will follow.
Appropriation: recognize and take responsibility of the community individual patrimony is the first condition for the development of protagonism.
Transformation: is a result from the process of occupation, recognition and appropriation ensuring significant improvements in collective and individual quality of life indicators.
In 2015, ARebeldia’s activities were recognized and the association was awarded the title of Municipal, State and Federal Public Utility. In 2016 the refurbishment of our temporary headquarters was completed. Our aim now is to raise enough funds for a new four-story building completed with 8 classrooms, physical and digital library, theatre/auditorium with a 120 seat capacity, backstage and warehouse. The project was design and given to us by the renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, making this his first social building.
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Culture has always been at the forefront of ARebeldia, as a personal and social transformation propeller. Our first actions were focused on the construction of our own intervention methodologies through the exchange, recognition and use of social technologies developed and adopted by other third sector institutions and associations.
Our projects are divided by four work areas: Culture, Leisure and Tourism; Education and Social Development; Health and Sports and Work and Income creation.
Talks & Presentations
Lemos Brito Penitentiary (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) talk given to 1,336 inmates;
Dom Bosco Internment Center (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil), talk given to 160 interns;
Cidade dos Meninos (Ribeirão das Neves, Minas Gerais, Brazil), talk given to 1,500 students;
Spetáculo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), main theme for show directed by Gringo Cardia.
Complexo do Alemão (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), visit and lecture at Voz do Morro
Facebook Lab (Heliópolis, São Paulo, Brazil), As. Unas talk and debate with young people;
Music project in the Suburban area of Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Circuito Mova-se.
ARebeldia’s new headquarters
Our new headquarter will be build on the same site were ARebeldia is now. Our aim is to raise enough funds for a new four-story building completed with 4 classrooms, physical and digital library, theatre/auditorium with a 100 seat capacity, backstage and warehouse. Hydraulic, electrical and soil study project designs have already been carried out and the foundation is already being finalized. The design and given to us by the renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, making this his first social building.
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The Arebeldia Cultural Association has always sought partnerships to make its projects feasible, based on laws approved at the municipal, state and federal levels and with the participation of volunteers.
With the project of OUR SITE in hand, this partnership has made fundamental to reach our great goal of erecting the new space. And so that this can happen, with a count with YOUR HELP, voluntarily or by donating a value at your discretion to our membership.
To find out how to help, send an e-mail to or call +55 (31) 3483 4561 +55 (31) 99211 9714 and learn more information.
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