This project describes a Service-Learning experience in one Higher School of Education of Viana do Castelo Polytechnic. It was conducted in a 2nd year art class (Técnicas de Animação Artística e Cultural) of a Basic Education Course (BA Primary Education).
The main aim of this project was to investigate the art and narratives of a stucco researcher, Ramiro Araújo, from Viana do Castelo’s northern coast, in particular from the village of Carreço. At the beginning of this curriculum intervention, all the HE students at ESEVC ignored this art tradition, as well as many people from the rural community involved. The researcher said that was invited to write an article for a catalogue of a big exhibition on stucco, that will run during the summer in Viana do Castelo city, which will be funded by the Town Hall of this city, near the rural community of Carreço.
The ethnographic method was selected for being the best for gathering data, about the problems that limit this art, through the use of oral testimonies provided by this researcher. The study identified imaginative and innovative responses towards protection to ensure the continuity of the profession in the field of decorative arts. These were underpinned by document analysis, interviews, audiovisual records, online informal discussions between all the participants, through zoom meetings and fieldnotes research tools. The findings reinforced the idea the increasing openness and cultural demand, and that the professionals of these traditions need support. It was concluded that this cultural heritage needs to be promoted and protected and the HE students created a small video that told children at the World’s Day (1st June) the story of this tradition, and a pedagogical book with games and art activities that help the visitors of the exhibition to explore the key concepts of such hiddenstream tradition that needs to be valued.
Moreover, the interaction between the HE Institution participants (even the President of the Institution), the Town Hall and the primary education teachers of Carreço, helped to understand (i) the cultural and economic impact that such traditions may have on the communities’ lives, and on the other hand, (ii) the growing awareness of political and educational agents in matters of preservation and dissemination at both school and community level. Finally, it should be said that a new degree on Traditional Arts began to be designed at ESEVC.
Key words: Stucco; Hiddenstream art; Alto Minho; Heritage.