Porto Itapoá encourages music through cultural projects in the city

Initiatives include children, young people and adults in the community

This offers conditions for the Itapoá community to have more access and contact with music. It was with this objective that, for more than four years, Porto Itapoá decided to support musical projects, through a Tax Incentive Law to culture, being the integral sponsor of some initiatives. "We understand that music helps to form solid foundations, both cultural and of character, for children and young people, as well as inserting adults into a diverse artistic environment," says Cássio Schreiner, president of Porto Itapoá.

The first project supported by the Rouanet Law was Vozes da Babitonga (Babitonga Voices). At its 4th anniversary, the initiative has 40 participants with ages starting on 16 years old. "Itapoá was very far from a reality of inclusion in music, so we had the idea for a choral. Porto Itapoá was a partner from the very beginning and embraced the idea. This was one of the first actions of this kind in the city and we are sure that continuing education activities provide the change we want to see in our society”, says Helmuth Alfonso Kirinus, Proponent Cultural Manager of the project.

In addition to Vozes da Babitonga, the terminal supports the Sementes do Amanhã (Seeds of Tomorrow) - children´s choir, which existed for three years - the Violão para Todos (Guitar for All), which offers free lessons for beginners - the Orquestra de Violões (Guitar Orchestra), a project aimed at people who already play the instrument - and the Noite Cultural (Cultural Night), an initiative that is in its fourth year and aims at the performance of the participants of the musical projects and guests, such as Orquestra Prelúdio de Joinville, Vox Camerata Choir and Cinema e Metais (Cinema and Metals).

All initiatives have no cost for the participants, and are held weekly at Casa da Cultura de Itapoá. This year, in addition to the projects supported in the city, Porto Itapoá has partnered with Instituto Core de Música (Core Institute of Music), located in Joinville, which aims at training high-performance musicians to integrate children and young people orchestras.

For the maestro Sergio Ogawa, this partnership creates possible cultural projects, mainly those of basic musical formation (for children and adolescents). "It is these young people who will return to their homes and schools and talk about music and art, they will form an audience with their families and friends, acting as excellent citizens, spreaders of the socio-cultural transformation which our country highly needs" he highlights.

As a result, eight children and adolescents of Itapoá make the list of students from the Institute. Amongst them is Hellen, 14 years old. The adolescent, residing in Pontal, chose the viola as her instrument. "We learned about the project at an association meeting. She signed up and when she found out that she had passed, she was very happy," says her mother, Priscila Foggiatto Malheiro.

Little Maria Clara, 8 years old, will play the viola and shall use the experience that she had on the choral Sementes do Amanhã to improve her music knowledge. "I have always believed that art, whatever it may be, can have a very positive influence on the formation of conscious and participative citizens in society. For this, I encourage Maria Clara to dance, enact and sing”, says her mother, Luciana Fernandes Coan. As a resident of Itapema do Norte, she learned about the selection through the social networks of Porto and enrolled her daughter. "When I heard the result, I cried. She, without knowing the reason, asked me what was going on then I told her. She was very happy and proud.”

The siblings Leonardo, 13 years old, and Lethícia, 10 years old, also passed the selection. For their mother, Giselly Antunes, this opportunity is unique and can help to shape the future of her children. "They were very excited and the whole family was very happy. Their grandfather is a musician, so they already had some contact with the music. It gives me peace of mind to know that they are studying something that can define their future”, she said. Leonardo will study the tube and Lethícia will study the recorder.