Have you ever thought about learning how to make a musical instrument that you will play? This is how the Luthier project, which has just renewed the sponsorship by Vale, teaches young people aged 9-18 to develop his musical skills, for free. There are manufacturing courses for viola caipira (country guitar), harps, and music classes, where they learn to play the instruments they produced, along with values such as respect and dedication. Everything in Barão de Cocais, Minas Gerais.
This type of activity has to name: luthier. The art of building string musical instruments that have resonance box. If they wish, students can also participate in an orchestra! Incidentally, the first in the world of young luthiers of country guitars.
A former student of the project, Giovane Alves states that the art transformed his life. Before joining the initiative, he worked as a cowboy in Barão de Cocais. “It was here I discovered the music business and really started to like to play the guitar,” says the former student, now a teacher at the Luthier.
The sustainability concept is also considered in the Luthier project: all instruments are made with reforested wood. Created ten years ago, the initiative formed over 1,200 children and teenagers. In 2017, BRL 100,000 will be invested via Federal Cultural Incentive Law – Rouanet Law, for its continuity.
- Only uses wood from planted forests, pinnus and Eucalyptus
- What do students learn? Choice of wood, methods of cuts, techniques used in machinery and tools, improving manual skills, notions of physics, mathematics, mechanics, chemistry, concepts of use of precision measuring instruments, use of safety equipment etc.
- Promotes culture and social inclusion, forming values and virtues
Law No. 8313 of December 23, 1991 establishes public policies for the national culture, such as the PRONAC – National Cultural Support Program. Its main purpose is to promote, protect and enhance the various Brazilian cultural expressions. The highlight of the Rouanet Law is the tax incentive policy, which enables companies (entities) and citizens (individuals) to apply a portion of their income tax (IR) in cultural activities. The percentage available is up to 6% of the IR for individuals and up to 4% of IR for entities. In addition to helping facilitate a cultural asset that enables access, education and inclusion, this mechanism that values national culture allows all citizens and companies to participate actively in cultural activities for the benefit of communities.