Arquetopia, Foundation for Development

Arquetopia is a non-profit foundation promoting Development and social transformation through educational, artistic and cultural youth programs. Students participating in the program are immersed in a process of broadening their options as future adults, getting access to high-quality instruction, developing professionalism and social awareness through artistic and cultural development in an international community.
Mar 20, 2015

Synergy Is Rewarded!

Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015
Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015

After five wonderful years of hard work, outstanding projects, and tremendous experiences in confronting art and social transformation, we are celebrating a milestone for Arquetopia. Two of the reasons to celebrate are the renovation and unveiling of our new headquarters in Puebla and our new space in Oaxaca, consolidating Arquetopia's commitment to create premier spaces for encounters, exchanges, and dialogue.

We understand that all of these achievements were made possible through the many perspectives of the special people who have been part of our Foundation, from dedicated staff and board members to conscientious resident artists, designers, art educators, art historians and curators who believe in our mission and are able to transform the exchanges and dialogues into action.

From these most fruitful encounters, we wish to honor the artists and residency projects that best embody our values and reflect commitment to our mission and our communities. Over the last two months, an international jury was invited to review more than 200 projects of past international Artists-in-Residence over the Foundation’s history, assessing each residency project’s contribution to a more nuanced perspective and understanding of Mexican complex history and culture. 

Result: in conjunction with our fifth anniversary, we are thrilled to announce artists Bronwyn Treacy (Australia), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Ellen Bepp (USA), and Brent Erickson (USA) as the five recipients of the Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015.  The award consists of an artist residency on full scholarship during 2015 and exhibition of the awardees' work at a major Mexican cultural center or museum in the city of Puebla, Mexico. 

Considering the scope reflected in the theme and technique, the jury unanimously selected the awardees and their projects as follows:

Mr. Erickson developed a series of lithography prints reviewing the influence of Mexican Modernism and Art Deco in the design of lamps and chairs.  Ms. Treacy developed a social practice and educational art project exploring the impact of student movements in the history and development of social change in Mexico.  Ms. Bepp explored the spiritual and ritual intersections between Mexican and Japanese traditions of commemorating the deceased through an installation of natural dyed paper and embroidery. Ms. Yerali’s project researched the communication structure of Mesoamerican codexes and their influence in colonial printmaking and book binding techniques resulting in an artist book. Ms. Goorah developed a series of nature inspired watercolors patterns using natural dyes expanding the comprehension of Mexico and South Asian traditions and exchanges in this area.  

Thank you again for these fantastic five years on our monumental journey of confronting art with social transformation and for contributing to create opportunities for action.

Arquetopia
Arquetopia's New, Renovated Art Center
View from Arquetopia
View from Arquetopia's Terrace
New, Environmentally Friendly, Arquetopia Oaxaca
New, Environmentally Friendly, Arquetopia Oaxaca
View from Arquetopia Oaxaca
View from Arquetopia Oaxaca's Garden
Resident Artist Brent Erickson, Working at MUTEC
Resident Artist Brent Erickson, Working at MUTEC
Resident Artist Marina Yerali, Teaching a Workshop
Resident Artist Marina Yerali, Teaching a Workshop
Resident Artist Sheetul Goorah at a Cochineal Farm
Resident Artist Sheetul Goorah at a Cochineal Farm
Resident Artist Ellen Bepp, Working in the Studio
Resident Artist Ellen Bepp, Working in the Studio
Resident Artist Bronwyn Treacy, with Students
Resident Artist Bronwyn Treacy, with Students

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Jan 6, 2015

Goodbye 2014: A Year of Major Accomplishment

Arquetopia
Arquetopia's New, Renovated Music Studio in Puebla

The year of 2014 has at last come to a close, and Arquetopia’s music programs have grown yet again. We are very pleased to announce the nearly completed renovation of our new, permanent space in Puebla and the beautifully finished music studio, music office, and library. The new music studio will serve as the much-needed and long-awaited rehearsal space for Arquetopia’s young students and collaborating adult chamber musicians in Puebla. This is a special accomplishment for Arquetopia as previously, our youth music programs operated only at our secondary space in Oaxaca due to having had no consistent space for music in Puebla. Eventually, we hope to expand this new studio space to include an intimate chamber music performance hall with a grand piano.

Our students have been learning many important, advanced concepts of music including theory, history, solfege, and, of course, performance. For some of the students, the emphasis is on performing solos with orchestra, while for others, it is on learning how to perform in small chamber ensembles. An integral part of this curriculum is the study of opera and the human voice, and how singing concepts dramatically affect a wind-instrument musician’s abilities and instincts regarding sound production. In-depth research projects are assigned on composers, pieces, and specific topics such as ways to minimize performance anxiety and prevent performance-related injury.

Our YouTube and Vimeo videomaking project also continues with the production of short clips of student rehearsals and performances rotated publicly on these two websites in order to increase student motivation to practice, maximize concentration, and to eliminate stage fright.

From generous donations from you, our Global Giving project supporters, Arquetopia was able to obtain more critically needed equipment for students: mouthpieces, reeds, instrument repair and maintenance kits, and more music stands. Numerous educational resources were also recently purchased for the program including method books, sheet music and scores for the music library, music notation books, and music learning software for the students’ use. We are having more instruments professionally refurbished and are always accepting donations of additional instruments (new and used) to build our programs. Now that we have obtained our permanent space in Puebla, we hope to eventually purchase a digital piano for the classroom, to be used both for teaching complicated theory and harmony concepts and for performances.

We wish all of you a brilliant 2015 and thank you again for your donations to our unique and effective educational music programs. Thanks to your caring and generosity, our extremely hard-working young students and staff eagerly face this new year with so much continued progress and new goals to reach.

Angel and Christopher Davis in Lesson
Angel and Christopher Davis in Lesson
Student Angel in Video Performance
Student Angel in Video Performance
Arquetopia
Arquetopia's New, Renovated Foundation in Puebla
Oct 15, 2014

Many Unexpected Surprises!

We have many reasons to celebrate this year and very excited to share them with you. As Arquetopia reaches its five-year anniversary milestone, it has consolidated itself as an award-winning foundation.  

Having initially functioned as an educational art center for inner-city youth, Arquetopia expanded its programs to become the premier artist residency program of Mexico and Latin America. We developed an artist-in-residence model in which international exchanges happen through social awareness, shared responsibility, innovation, and local networks development. We are very excited to announce a revamp of our residency programs, incorporating a new curriculum based on critical readings and discussion, emphasizing on the artistic process and the cultural-exchange experience.

This year brought us many unexpected surprises. Arquetopia was awarded the TrustLaw Connect Innovation Award for its model, attesting to our non-exploitative programs and our commitment to reinvesting resources for local arts development.

We also found a new permanent home, a project that took three years to accomplish, that will serve as a node for dialogues, exchanges, participation, learning, and art.  Arquetopia is now restoring a 7,500 sq. ft.,1939 Colonial Mexican California-style castle in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. The incredible artist residency will host more artists and will include spacious, natural-light studios; a natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a printmaking studio; a photography darkroom; a natural pigments lab; an indoor/outdoor dining facility; furnished outdoor terraces; gardens; a library; our permanent art collection, and a small fair-trade store.

Our new cultural center will host 150 international artists per year, creating local jobs in the arts and offering 100 internships for local college students. We will serve approximately 300 young students by offering free educational art workshops and will continue to reinvest resources to promote innovation within Mexican traditional art techniques.

We want to sincerely thank you for all the support in these five years and cordially invite you to join us in the celebration of our milestone!

Receiving the award
Receiving the award
At the award ceremony in New York
At the award ceremony in New York
Our new home!
Our new home!
Our new music studio
Our new music studio
We want to thank you for your support!
We want to thank you for your support!

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