In 2006, Redes da Maré invited architect and artist Laura Taves to provide art workshops with a material well known to residents, but rarely in artistic activities: tiles. Since then, the Atelier Azulejaria project has spread, coloring the walls of Maré communities.


From 2006 to 2014, the classes were part of the Petrobras Child Program, in public schools. In 2015, Azulejaria gained a workshop room at Redes da Maré headquarters, equipped with a ceramic oven. Children and adolescents create their works from literary stories, poetry, and fables, exposing the daily lives of their communities and their city. One of the trademarks of the project is the installation of a panel with drawings and phrases in the house of a former resident.

Another important experience was the Maré Street Signs, in 2012. Residents of Nova Holanda recalled stories of those who baptized the streets of the region, culminating in the manufacture of ceramic plates with blue background and white letters, like the classic plates of the streets of Rio. The plates were placed on the streets Sofia Azevedo, José Caetano and Sargento Silva Nunes, reinforcing the importance of memory for the neighborhood.

Maré Street Signs gained international repercussion by being selected to be part of the Brazilian Exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy, in 2016. These plates have also become part of the Rio Art Museum (MAR) collection.


Coordinator: Laura Taves

Teachers: Marcya Queiroz e Mariane Rodrigues



Weekly workshops for children of Maré Open Air Project, in partnership with the Nucleus os Memories and Identities of Maré; Innauguration with Ailton Krenak, Mãe Celina de Xangô, Keyna Eleison and Paulo Knauss at Maré Arts Center.
Project “Maré a Céu Aberto” was approved by the Itau Cultural RUMOS.
Participation of ‘Maré Street Signs’ in the exhibition ‘How to pronounce design in Portuguese’ in Lisbon, Portugal.
Inauguration of the panel ‘Correspondências Cariocas’ at Nova Holanda; The Maré Street Signs project became part of the Venice Architecture Biennale; Workshops at ‘Family’s Saturdays’ with the support of Culture Municipal Department of Rio de Janeiro.
Realization of the project 'Correspondências Cariocas - Rio in 450 tiles’.
Students and their parents were invited to watch Ionesco's play ‘The Rhino’, by Théâtre de la Ville company.
Two samples of Maré Street Signs became part of the Rio Art Museum (MAR) collection;
Beginning of ‘Maré of Streets and Stories’, pilot project of Maré Street Signs;
Start of Azulejaria's actions in partnership with the Petrobras Child Program; Brazilian Institute of Architects Urbanidade Award for mixing culture and social responsibility; Inauguration of two panels produced by students from Nova Holanda: The Guarani, inspired by José de Alencar's work; and Maré, about the origins of the neighborhood.

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