Fundación Grano de Mostaza

Sowing Creativity



Buenos Aires

Art as a tool for social transformation.

“Sembrando Creatividad” is a community educational art program that unites arts, letters, psychology and social work. It promotes the integral development (intellectual, emotional, social and motor) in children, adolescents and women, who live in situations of social vulnerability. The program arose in 2010 from the conviction that the arts have a great capacity for healing and transformation. In this sense, we have observed over the years that the program participants feel more content and self-confident. Their self-esteem increases. They also learn to communicate what they feel and think, and improve cooperation and interaction between them.

The New York University – specifically the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research – evaluated the Program for two years. It concluded that the program supports the development of social and socio-emotional skills, improving participants behaviour, expression and exploration capacities, and persistence in the face of difficulties.

Director: Soledad Gutiérrez Eguía


The program consists of the implementation of weekly workshops of visual art during after school hours.

The workshops include three stages. First, they include a moment of group play and icebreaker (stories, images of artists, guided meditations) from which the theme to be worked on is introduced. Second, they incorporate a stage in which participants work with specific artistic materials and techniques. Finally, there is a closing stage in which participants share what they have been working on, describing this by the use of words or some other dynamic method. There is also a moment of self-evaluation where the youth themselves record what they think and feel about what happened. Finally, the team of professionals carry out a subsequent evaluation of the workshop in general and of each participant in particular. Based on that, the next workshop is re-planned.

The workshops are complemented with open workshops, mural painting, cultural outings and special workshops with artists, generating a dialogue between the art world and children/youth. An exhibition is held at the end of the year in which the children’s works are displayed. This represents a closing event and recognition of the work done during the year.

"The first task of education is to agitate life, but leave it free for it to develop."
María Montessori - (1870-1952) Italian educator and doctor.

Manual: a methodological proposal.

Sembrando Creatividad has a free distribution manual, which details the theoretical framework and methodology of the program.

Download PDF (Spanish): Manual Sembrando Creatividad

Children and adolescents benefited.

We have worked with more than 600 children and adolescents in:

  • Shelter Our Lady of the Valley, Flores, CABA.
  • Curapaligüe Shelter, CABA.
  • Los Piletones Community Polycultural Center, Villa Soldati, CABA.
  • Soldati Housing Complex, Villa Soldati, CABA.
  • CAF (Family Action Center) N 6 Bichito de Luz, Villa 31, CABA.
  • Our Lady of Carmen School, Munro.
  • Community dining room “Niño Jesús”, Villa 20 de Lugano.
  • Buenos Aires Center, Our Lady of Socorro Church, CABA.
  • Los Naranjos Foundation, Don Torcuato (Tigre District).

Algunos Números


Familias beneficiadas






% de los/as adolescentes terminan la escuela a tiempo

Premios y Menciones

  • Buenas Prácticas para la Erradicación de la Violencia en la Infancia (Congreso de la Nación Argentina e INSPIRE) - 2019
  • Declaración de Interés Educativo Provincial (Ministerio de Educación de la Provincia de Salta) - 2019
  • Mejor Emprendedor Social del Año 2017 (Ernst & Young) - 2017
  • Premio a la Excelencia para la Sostenibilidad por la Cámara de Comercio Británica Argentina - 2017
  • Premio al Liderazgo Sostenible de la Cámara de Comercio Británica Argentina - 2017 (2da columna)
  • Evaluación de los Programas de la Fundación Grano de Mostaza por la Universidad de Nueva York (NYU) - 2017
  • Declaración de Interés Social del Programa “Sembrando Creatividad” por la Legislatura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires - 2017
  • Premio del Concurso Nacional de Proyectos “Comunidades Fundación MAPFRE” - 2017
  • Premio Construyendo Educación con Energía por Pampa Energía S.A. - 2008
  • Premio Comunidad por la Fundación Diario La Nación - 2008