Creating positive change

ARTICULATE was founded in 2001 as CMAP (Charlotte Miller Art Project) to continue the inspiration of Charlotte Miller, who was passionate about the social value of art. When she died in 2001, a small group of friends took forward her work and became CMAP.

Charlotte believed passionately that 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.

In 2010 we became a charity and expanded our work into other countries in Latin America and the UK.

Today we work in partnership with NGOs in 5 countries worldwide and continue to pursue ambitious growth to give a voice to as many young people as possible.

ARTICULATE offers participants 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.

ARTICULATE is run by volunteer artists, arts educators and practitioners from the UK who spend from 1 to 12 months in-country delivering the programme.

Aims and objectives

  • To provide access to art for disadvantaged children and young people
  • To use art as a tool for personal development and social engagement
  • To provide a safe environment where participants feel free to express themselves in confidence
  • To use art as a way of increasing self-esteem, confidence and communication for all participants
  • To exhibit the participants’ work in their own environment and galleries, nationally and internationally
  • To advocate for awareness about their situation, and also develop a sense of pride in young people’s achievements
  • To promote young peoples’ voices, through the arts, on an international platform

Since 2001

  • 7000 children have attended our art activities
  • more than 50 volunteer arts professionals have run projects
  • We have organised 50 exhibitions in local community settings and national art galleries and museums across Latin America and the UK.

Our work

ARTICULATE offers participants 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.

ARTICULATE is run by volunteer artists, arts educators and practitioners from the UK who spend from 1 to 12 months in-country delivering the programme.


Our Partners

ACER, Brazil

ACER was set up 1993 to offer an alternative life to vulnerable children and young people living on the streets of Sao Paulo. Acer aims to provide activities that enhance the self-esteem of street children and offer support to their extended families. In 2003, ACER established its own Community Centre in the favela ‘Eldorado’ which at the time was one of Sao Paulo’s most violent suburbs were many of the city’s street children came from.

We are confident that through ARTICULATE we can offer very high quality work which will greatly contribute to us achieving our mission to rescue the dignity of children and adolescents promoting social transformation.
— Jonathan Hannay, Director, ACER

Humming Bird Project, France

The Humming Bird Project are a community led, grassroots organization based in Brighton.  Working in partnership to promote a coordinated response to the refugee crisis. The Humming Bird Project volunteers offer support and solidarity to refugees in the camps in Northern France and locally in Brighton.

ARTICULATE are working along side Hummingbird and other existing groups in the refugee camp to provide a calm and creative safe space. The young people who are engaged are often unaccompanied and some suffering PTSD often having experienced war, oppression and multiple bereavements. cmap facilitators are caring, professional and adaptable which is important in this environment.
— Elaine Ortis, Humming Bird Director

Juconi, Ecuador and Mexico

ARTICULATE works very closely with Juconi (Junto con los niños: Together with the children) an NGO that works with street-working children in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Ecuador and Mexico.

Our programmes are all developed to build on Juconi’s wider work and goals: Juconi works, as its name suggests, “Junto con los niños – together with the children” to address the reasons that drove children onto the streets – domestic violence, poverty, family breakdown, addiction.

Club de Arte is an incredibly valuable part of the therapeutic work undertaken by JUCONI. By offering the children a space to explore their thoughts and feelings through the medium of art. For children who have lived their young lives with violence and criticism, this experience is invaluable.
— Karen Baker, Director of JUCONI, Ecuador

The Inter Cultural Youth Exchange, UK

Volunteers are sourced and trained in partnership with ICYE – The Inter Cultural Youth Exchange, a UK based charity. ICYE also provide ARTICULATE with logistical help concerning visas, flights, and overseas support.

The team: How we are run

ARTICULATE is run in-country by our passionate team of volunteers. Volunteers are normally placed two at a time in each country. We recruit with the aim of creating a complimentary team, considering each volunteer’s skills and backgrounds in arts and education.

ARTICULATE values its close relationship with a network of existing and returned volunteers. This community contains a great diversity of talent and experience. ARTICULATE volunteers’s have gone on to positions in international development, the arts, and a range of other creative industries.

ARTICULATE is motivated by the process of making art. The creative process that be so telling. Art can act as an alternative voice for those who may not have the means to express difficult or traumatic experiences.