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Participatory Arts Projects: A Third Space for Companionship

The paper focuses on educational art practices involving adults with disabilities. The introduction elaborates on two issues—the critical views of visual stereotypes and the negative representation of persons with disabilities in the media, and the arts as a means to give visibility to the hidden voices of people with disabilities. The second part of the article opens with a brief overview of research having to do with the fields of art education and disability studies, followed by the description and discussion of findings during a project funded by the European Community “CIRCLE OF COMPETENCES FOR COMMUNITY WORK WITH ADULTS”, implemented by the Art Teacher Association APECV and taking place in Portugal throughout 2018–2019. The APECV research team works both in formal and non-formal education contexts and develops participatory art education projects with other associations working with adults with intellectual disabilities.


Teresa Eca is a founder and a president of APECV (Associação de Professores de Expressão e Comunicação Visual), Portugal (

Raquel Balsa is a communication designer and an associate of APECV (Associação de Professores de Expressão e Comunicação Visual), Portugal (

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ISSN 0354–5415
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Teresa Eca
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