Cmap was founded to continue the inspiration of Charlotte Miller, who was passionate about the social value of art. When she died in 2001, a small group took the work forward and became Cmap.
We believe art can bring creativity into young lives that can be very difficult, offering an alternative voice for those who may not have the means to express difficult or traumatic experiences.
Cmap works in partnership with local NGOs in Latin America and the UK, providing professional arts practitioners who integrate creative workshops with the organisation’s own programmes. We work with local services, rather than replacing them.
Our programmes have a strong emphasis on helping children and young people get their voices heard in their local community, nationally and internationally. This is achieved through the organisation of exhibitions and virtual exchanges with other groups abroard.
Every week cmap volunteers run arts projects that reach hundreds of young people. The way we select our partners means that without us, these projects would not be possible.
Cmap offers street-involved children innovative creative experiences that can build their self-confidence and sense of self-worth. We also work to give them practical creative skills and the confidence and support to go on and use those skills in the future.
Cmap is run by volunteer artists, arts educators and practitioners from the UK who spend from 1 to 12 months in-country delivering the programme.