Dr. Ferreira will spend 4 months at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco California.

His research will address two main related topics: 1) the role of community-oriented arts organizations and projects in the empowerment, qualification, and social integration of cultural minorities and socially deprived groups and communities; 2) the processes of festivalization of culture and cities.

His main objective is to carry out theoretical, methodological and empirical research on these two topics and to work on an innovative approach to the social and educational role of community-oriented arts practices and to processes of festivalization, based on concepts developed at CIIS: social creativity, integrative transdisciplinary and evolutionary learning.