The Social Service of Commerce (Sesc), in the center of the city of Rio de Janeiro, hosts today (31) the 1st Municipal Forum of Artisans. The event is free and will have 12 hours of programming that include exhibitions, cultural attractions and lectures. According to the forum’s production coordinator, Bruno Mariozz, the idea is to present proposals that lead to the strengthening of artisans in the state. “To propose actions that give voice to artisans and space within the creative economy, not only for the elaboration of fairs”, he said.
The objective is to discuss demands and proposals for promoting the artisanal sector, which is an important tool for generating income and preserving the history of each of the 92 municipalities in Rio de Janeiro. One of the topics under discussion concerns accessibility, highlighted Bruno Mariozz. “It is necessary to activate laws so that disabled artisans can have their spaces in the market guaranteed”.
The set of proposals will be forwarded to deputies and councilors with a view to creating laws for the benefit of handicrafts in the municipalities and, consequently, the state of Rio de Janeiro, added the coordinator.
Based on the proposals discussed at the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Forum, the other 91 cities in Rio de Janeiro will promote their own editions of the event, meeting local demands.
The president of the Handicraft Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Faerj), Nea Mariozz, highlighted that the great legacy of the event is to discuss the organization, planning and goals that the entity wants to set for the category. “We are going to expand these debates to the entire state, in order to discover the real needs of each location and resolve these demands. Organizing the life of our artisan is the main purpose of our meeting”, she said.
The event has the support of the Secretary of State for Culture and Creative Economy of Rio de Janeiro (Sececrj). According to the head of the secretariat, Danielle Barros, it is important to invest in handicrafts from Rio de Janeiro. “Our state is very rich, with cultural influences not only from Brazil, but from different parts of the world. We have to value our vocation and give it support, so that artisans can develop their talents”, she said.
The 1st Municipal Artisans Forum in Rio de Janeiro is organized by the Executive Secretary of the State Artisans Forum, in partnership with Faerj and with the support of Sececrj, Federation of Commerce of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Fecomércio RJ), Sesc, Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae) and the company Caçula.