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A broader and more inclusive discussion

This program enlarged the support to actions in the territories and favored the inclusion of different representations, social diversities and cultural pluralities

The writer Conceição Evaristo, who was a theme and participant of the online seminar, in November 2020: Continuation of the Authors’ Workshop Project – Memories and Writing Experiences of Conceição Evaristo, launched in 2018. Photo: Itáú Social

The Pleasure in Reading Program aims to strengthen the RNBC (National Network of Community Libraries), which plays the important role of promoting books and the right to read. As a good part of the community libraries’ activity in the mediation of reading and the lending of books takes place through in-person interaction, the pandemic that began in March 2020 greatly reduced this field of action. On the other hand, it was a moment at which the community libraries mobilized to go beyond being promoters of reading, to become organizations of support to families, acting in the distribution of basic grocery kits, as participants of the COVID-19 Emergency Action program. As part of this program’s dedicated work in 2020, it redesigned its strategies, which in 2021 are renewed with a focus on the improvement of management and a sustainability plan for the community libraries.

Authors’ Workshop
VOICES THAT ENLARGE THE DEBATE

“And while yesterday the enslaved women did not even have a voice, today letters and writing also belong to us,” teaches the writer Conceição Evaristo. In 2020, the author and her work were the theme of a seminar that sought to enlarge the debate on the concept of escrevivência [a portmanteau combining the two words escrever (writing) and vivência (life experience)] that she created 25 years ago. As a continuation of the Authors’ Workshop Project – Memories and Escrevivências of Conceição Evaristo, launched in 2018, the seminar held in November 2020 enjoyed the partnership of MINA Comunicação e Arte. The online event marked the release of the publication Escrevivência — a escrita de nós — reflexões sobre a obra de Conceição Evaristo [Escrevivência – Our Writing – Reflections about the Work of Conceição Evaristo] organized by Constância Lima Duarte and Isabella Rosado Nunes. Besides the essays related to education, written by the superintendent of Itaú Social, Angela Dannemann and by Dianne Melo, coordinator of the institution’s Reading and Social Engagement, the book presents new articles by another 12 authors. The content of the event is available on Itaú Social’s YouTube page.

This is a learning that is reflected in the Read to a Child program, which in 2020 was centered on works of children’s literature that focus on valorization and the protagonism of black and indigenous people, cultures and/or histories. An author and lecturer who reinforces the importance of including more people in literate society and valorizing the history of women, especially black and socially vulnerable women, Conceição had already been honored by the 6th edition of the Portuguese Language Olympiad in 2019, the year in which she also traveled through Brazil holding workshops for reading mediators in community libraries. In 2020, Conceição also participated in a workshop with Literasampa at the CPF Sesc, as well as in the Memory and Escrevivência Workshop, with the participation of five local networks of community libraries.

New themes being discussed

Various literary fairs, which due to the pandemic this year were held in online versions, have relied on the strategic partnership of Itaú Social, which collaborates by including in its discussion panels themes concerning children’s literature and access to literature by disabled people. In the virtual version of the 2020 International Literary Festival of Paraty (FLIP), Itaú Social participated in two discussion panels. The panel “Indigenous Literature and Black Literature for Early Childhood” discussed the impact of representation in the construction of the individual and collective mindsets and the need for different representations, social diversities and cultural pluralities. Relying on the participation of writer and researcher Julie Dorrico, a descendent of the Macuxi ethnicity, along with that of the researcher of childhoods, black cultures and ethnic-racial relationships Juê Olívia, this panel was mediated by Dianne Melo, coordinator of Social Engagement and Reading at Itaú Social. The second panel, “Quality writing and literature for whom?” discussed the access to literature in Brazil, the offer and the selection of literary works. Angela Dannemann, superintendent of Itaú Social, mediated the conversation with publisher Dolores Prades, director of Instituto Emília, along with the representatives of the National Network of Community Libraries (RNBC) Neide Almeida and Thaís Rodrigues. Besides FLIP, the participations and supports include the Balada Literária, FELIZS (Literary Fair of the South Zone) and Flipelô (International Literary fair of Pelourinho).

The Jenipapos series
INCLUSIVE DIALOGUES

To talk about literature by Brazilian indigenous authors, Itaú Social, in partnership with MINA Comunicação e Arte and the consultant Maurício Negro held, in 2020, the Jenipapos series. Conceived especially for the Itaú Social team and its partners, the series of five meetings is part of the Authors’ Workshop project and aims to bring the participants into proximity with the theme, approaching its historical and current points and counterpoints, with the participation of a visual artist and indigenous authors who include Daniel Munduruku, Eliane Potiguara, Julie Dorrico and Ailton Krenak, as well as the writer Conceição Evaristo.

In numbers

570

participants in training activities

118

community libraries supported

23

municipalities

86 thousand

children, teens and young people benefited