art in the heart

We are happy to announce the start of our first volunteering project at association ARTE.M.

European Solidarity Corps project “Art in the Heart” addresses the needs of several groups: first of all, the host association ARTE.M needs volunteers as a help to implement artistic projects, cultural educative events and promote the development of cultural education in Madeira, actualising the need of accepting art, self-expression as a part of life, the instrument of inclusion and social glue that has the ability to translate complicated concepts in a common language. 

The project also aims at giving the young population of Madeira more opportunities to participate in international educational events through their involvement in the activities of the volunteers on this island. Through this project, we expect to develop the capacity of ARTE.M and its role in the cultural movement in the local community, becoming more trusted as an institution that takes care of the educational and cultural needs of the society; we would also like to share our own experience with the young people that will become our volunteers so that they can increase their chances for better employment or even start their own artistic project.

We honestly believe that it’s possible since they will be working side by side with an acting art gallery, one of the most attended on Madeira, and participate in the preparation of exhibitions during all the stages. Finally, we expect that this project will display the European Solidarity Corps as an opportunity for young people to receive knowledge, skills, and experience in mobilities around Europe. These efforts will be directed to the population of Madeira which is quite limited in our outreach to current cultural, educational or social trends in Europe. This project aims to help build a more integrated solidary young community on the island.

Meet The Team

What phrase can describe you best?

I need to keep moving from place to place. 


What is your favorite movie?

That's a tough question for a cinephile! Regarding the island life and the fact that I'm surrounded by endless ocean I would say  "Big Blue" by Luc Besson. 


Why you decide to become a volunteer with ARTE.M?

I keep trying myself in different kind of jobs in cultural field, that's why I was willing to try to work in Art Center - I've never done it before. I will not lie that a possibility of moving to beautiful, tropical island also mattered.


What do you expect from this experience?

Professionally I want to learn about management of art gallery and in the meantime discover every corner of Madeira

Milena Milenkoska -


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What phrase can describe you best? 

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

What is your favorite movie?

I watch movies but I’m more into anime because they are for everyone, young and adults… From all, I can separate Spirited Away as the best.
This girl’s family moves to the suburbs and she accidentally goes and wanders into a world ruled by gods, whiches and spirits where humans are changed into beasts.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer with ARTE.M? 

I wanted to be a volunteer in ARTE M because I love art and I also do paintings myself, I wanted to learn new skills and meet new people who also enjoy doing the same.

What do you expect from this experience? 

I expect to be better at what I am doing and also to learn the language because it is very challenging for me.

Valeriia Sergeieva - Ukraine

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What phrase can describe you best? 

Sarcasm, Buddhism and a cup of tea. Also, harm none & have fun. 

What is your favorite movie?

Gone with the Wind (1939) & Some Like it Hot (1959)

Why did you decide to become a volunteer with ARTE.M? 

I enjoy volunteering. I have been doing it for over 10 years now, it brings a special place of fulfillment in my heart and develops a certain new level of a “grown-up” responsibility so to say. The job you can quit, but a project – never, it teaches you to work things through no matter what. ARTE.M seems like a perfect place to dive deep into the world of art, utilizing my skills for an amazing cause and learning tons of new things in the field I enjoy. I could not pass this opportunity and am grateful to be a part of the team. 

What do you expect from this experience? I come empty-handed when it comes to expectations. I just hope to do my part the best I can and have fun while I am at it.





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