Since its founding, Arte Institute has sought to be an active presence and voice for the Portugal we want to be. We’ve been around the world, learning and building networks. Now, on our eighth anniversary, we felt it was time to bring all that knowledge back to Portugal. As the number 8 is, with a slight change of perspective, also a symbol of infinity, we created the RHI initiative, which seeks to form a new mindset and drive empowerment in the belief of ourselves and our ability to create.
Behind Arte Institute there has always been a conviction in the abilities of citizens and artists, as well as in the value of their cultural output. The hope that the Portugal within all of us could become reality kept us moving forward. In retrospect, the challenges we faced were an important push to do even more. We found strength in our supporters and made great strides forward, doing justice to all those who shared in our vision.
It became clear early on that it wouldn’t be money that kept us from accomplishing what we dreamed of. We’d make up for a small budget with ample imagination. To date, no project has gone unrealized, and we’ve never lacked in imagination, commitment, or creativity.
With this initiative, we’ve brought a global dialogue to Portugal. We have eyes and ears in several countries, who in this first edition have come to share their expertise and learn from ours, so we can leave here with a richer understanding and more richly connected.
On their way from North to South, participants will get to know Portugal, its culture and its people. They will doubtless return, and we’ll be waiting for them, whether here or somewhere else in the world.
We hope the RHI family continues to grow, and with it, the confidence that each and everyone of us has the power to change the world around us.
Ready your minds for a Revolution, your hearts to welcome Hope, and your whole being to put Imagination to action. Welcome to RHI, and welcome to Portugal!