VIVA Project

The VIVA project was a five year long, multi-national community arts-based research project that culminated in the publishing of a book entitled ¡VIVA!: Community Arts and Popular Education in America. The project was a collaboration between artists, activists, and educators in Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, the United States, and Canada, and it was predicated on a mutual interest in Freirean popular education and community-based art.

As the project unfolded, the focus shifted from the initial framework of “creative tensions of community arts” to a theme of decolonization through community arts. All of the “research” in the VIVA project was community driven, and borrowed pedagogical foundations from Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

The VIVA book, released in 2011, has been praised by many artists, activists, and educators, and has been considered a valuable resources for people interested in popular education, community arts, and decolonization.


¡VIVA!: Community Arts and Popular Education in America (Book chronicling the VIVA project) Purchase Here

Decolonizing Art, Education, and Research in the VIVA Project. by Laura Reinsborough and Deborah Barndt.  A chapter in Alliances: Re/envisioning Indigenous-non-Indigenous Relationships (ed. Lynne Davis).  Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2010.

VIVA Project Book Promotional Materials and Press Release

Five-nation VIVA! Project yields new book on community arts

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