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.


An immersion in art as a family


2,200 children took part in the project, and 500 additional places will be provided for the second session of “Art en Immersion” from September to December 2018. But they are not the only ones to take advantage of the programme, which was also designed to create closer family ties. “We got feedback from parents, in the evening the children went onto Wikipedia to look at a photo of Klimt’s work and the parents got involved too,” says an employee at the Wangari Maathai school in Seine-Saint-Denis. The operation will continue in 2019, focusing on an exhibition devoted to Vincent Van Gogh.


Several Societe Generale Foundation partners united for the project


In total, 19 associations and social centres participated in “Art en Immersion”, alongside 12 hospitals and 38 schools. Among the beneficiaries were children from Apprentis d’Auteuil, Sport dans la Ville and Espace 19, three partners of the Societe Generale Foundation. Across France, each uses their own expertise and methods to encourage youth integration and develop innovative solutions to create social ties in the regions. Today, their shared values make them three of the main players in this area of commitment in France, and the perfect partners to ensure a project like “Art en Immersion” is a success.


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