The Societe Generale Foundation is one of the sponsors of the project “Art en Immersion” (Immersion in Art), an initiative in collaboration with the Atelier des Lumières aiming to facilitate access to art and education for children affected by poverty or social exclusion, with disabilities or illnesses. Apprentis d’Auteuil, Sport dans la Ville and Espace 19, three partners of the Societe Generale Foundation, were among those that participated in this experience.
“Art en Immersion” works to help children without access to culture
At the opening of the Atelier des Lumières on 13 April 2018 and its exhibition devoted to Gustav Klimt, the Culturespaces Foundation presented the “Art en Immersion” project, sponsored in part by the Societe Generale Foundation. The 4-step programme (educational workshop, visit, creative workshop followed by an exhibition for parents) enables children without access to culture to enjoy a unique and fun cultural experience.
“The third step is the most interesting because we can see what the children have retained and the pleasure they get from creating,” explains Chrystelle Morin from the Centre de Loisirs Goubet in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. The children were invited to create a work inspired by the artist’s universe: a pointillist landscape, the Tree of Life or the portrait of Adèle Bloch-Bauer
Art and family immersion
2,200 children have already benefited from the project, and 500 additional places will be opened for the second session of "Art en Immersion" from September to December 2018. But they are not the only ones to benefit from the program, thought also to tie up the family ties. "We had parental feedback, the evening the children went on Wikipedia to look at a picture of Klimt and the parents came in too," said an employee of the school Wangari Maathai, in Seine-Saint-Denis. The operation should then continue in 2019, around the exhibition dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh.
Several partners of the Société Générale Foundation gathered around the project
In total, 19 associations and social centers participated in "Art en Immersion", as well as 12 hospitals and 38 schools. Among the beneficiaries, young people from Apprentis d'Auteuil, Sport dans la ville and Espace 19, three partners of the Société Générale Foundation. Each of them, according to their expertise and methods, works in France for the integration of young people and develops innovative solutions to create social bonds in the territories. Their common values today make it three major players in this area of engagement in France, and privileged partners for the good conduct of a project like "Art en Immersion".