The city of Laguna, in Santa Catarina, gained a new tourist attraction, and local artisans gained a totally revitalized space to sell their products. On December 12, Casa das Artes will be opened, a space that will gather different types of handicrafts made by local artists portraying the culture and habits of the place.
The opening of the space is the result of the Arts Consortium project, a partnership between Camargo Corrêa Institute, the National Bank for Social and Economic Development (BNDES) and the Ponte de Laguna Consortium, formed by Construtora Camargo Corrêa, Aterpa M. Martins and Construbase.
To house the space, the building of the old energy station of the city was donated by the local government, and was restored to become a center for three local artisans associations to sell their products.
In addition to the opening of Casa das Artes, the project will make investments in equipment and qualify the members of the associations to manage the point of sale. The artisans are already attending workshops on design, cooperativism and production process techniques, including strategies for participation in and organization of solidary economy fairs.