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.
Apr 25, 2014

Light The Candles!

Celebrating five years of Arquetopia!
Celebrating five years of Arquetopia!

Rooms will be filled with creativity, ideas will be put into action, and art will keep contributing to social change.  With a project that took two years in the making, Arquetopia celebrates its fifth anniversary with great fanfare!

Starting in 2009 in Puebla, as a pilot art project with a social scope, our international award-winning Foundation has proven to be a dynamic, innovative, and committed organization promoting art and social change.  Five years later, and with the support of Global Giving, Arquetopia has become one of the most solid cultural models in Mexico.  Having developed 120 different art projects with visual artists, curators, historians, researchers, and educators from six continents, Arquetopia continues to invest in local arts development, benefitting more than 150 diverse students and artists each year in Puebla and Oaxaca in Mexico.

Now, in 2014, Arquetopia Foundation is reaching a milestone, embarking in an ambitious project that will definitely be a game changer in the art scene in Mexico.  The Foundation is very proud to officially announce the development of a new art center as its new home.  Located in the heart of Puebla, the new facilities will expand the possibilities of Arquetopia’s mission by raising the quality of local art production while preserving Mexico’s artistic heritage.  The new center will also allow local and foreign artists to engage in critical discussions with an emphasis in social awareness and cross-pollination of ideas for social change, resonating as well in local universities, galleries, museums, etc.

As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we want to thank you for all your help and welcome you in this new journey.  Your continuous support and donations through Global Giving will help us not only to create beautiful quarters to nurture art and host phenomenal projects but to construct a space to exercise generosity, shared responsibility and reciprocity.  With great anticipation, we are excited to share the sneak preview of our new space!

Arquetopia
Arquetopia's staff: Chris, Paco, Nayeli, Roberto
A sneak preview of Arquetopia
A sneak preview of Arquetopia's new home
Mar 17, 2014

Arquetopia's Music Programs: Working Hard!

Traditional Mexican Wind Ensemble
Traditional Mexican Wind Ensemble

This year has started off with a loud bang at Arquetopia (in the music room)! In February, an intimate recital was staged in Puebla in which students performed a wide variety of orchestral miniatures specially arranged for the group to feature students of various levels and their director/instructor, Christopher Davis.

The students in our programs have been working hard on various concepts of music including theory, history, solfege, and, of course, performance. Each student was assigned an in-depth research project that involved analysis of several cornerstone works in the repertoire prior to choosing the pieces that student would be practicing and performing this year in concert. 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.

Another facet of the students’ spring studies was a series of museum trips to learn about the invention and development of historic musical instruments in pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico.

Arquetopia continues its additional focus on the sponsorship of one particular young student, Ángel Montellano of Oaxaca, Mexico, who made his public debut as a soloist last year as part of Ensemble Arquetopia’s summer concert series. This year, Ángel is working on an especially challenging curriculum of varied repertoire from which he will be choosing in order to expand his presence as an up-and-coming artist in different regions of the country.

From generous donations from our Global Giving project supporters, Arquetopia was able to obtain more critically needed equipment for students such as mouthpieces, reeds, instrument repair and maintenance kits, and orchestral 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. Currently we are having several instruments professionally refurbished and are always accepting donations of additional instruments (new and used) to build our programs. As well as the permanent building we are hoping to obtain this year, 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.

As we push through the windy spring and head into southern Mexico’s seven-month monsoon season, we thank all of you for your generosity and continued support. Arquetopia’s music programs will continue to provide quality music education –and valuable life lessons– to marginalized but talented youth in the vibrant kaleidoscope that is this developing nation.

Angel Montellano in Clarinet Lesson
Angel Montellano in Clarinet Lesson
Historic Flute Carved from Human Bone (Mexico)
Historic Flute Carved from Human Bone (Mexico)
Master Flautist Andrik Arias in Rehearsal
Master Flautist Andrik Arias in Rehearsal
Director Christopher Davis in Recital
Director Christopher Davis in Recital
Our Neighborhood: Oaxaca, Mexico Historic District
Our Neighborhood: Oaxaca, Mexico Historic District

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Dec 5, 2013

The Possibility for Action

Kirsten Buick discussing Gloria Hernandez
Kirsten Buick discussing Gloria Hernandez's work

Creating social awareness to reduce violence is one of Arquetopia's dearest principles and greatest challenges.  Not only does it mean to persist in developing artistic projects that promote ideas of social change but to examine our own behavior and face it with a greater sense of responsibility.  The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas summarizes it in simple words: "Real violence doesn't consist so much in injuring and annihilating persons as in interrupting their continuity, making them betray not only commitments but their own substance, making them carry out actions that will destroy every possibility for action."

Throughout the summer and fall, Arquetopia launched an extensive program incorporating young students, local artists, and curators as well as our staff and board members in the discussion and understanding of violence through social issues, discrimination, and injustice.  We all pitched in and developed an ambitious program starting from Arquetopia's core and extending to museums, artists studios, and open spaces.  The results were a series of workshops, lectures, studio visits, exhibitions, and public art projects. 

We had the privilege to work with brilliantly talented people including Kirsten Pai Buick, Gustavo Larach, Emmanuel Ortega, Martí Peran, and Jakub Szczesny who generously participated sharing their knowledge and establishing one-on-one dialogues with local artists. We presented the results of outstanding Art Educators Residencies such as Yveline Etienne’s pinhole photography project at Fototeca Juan C. Méndez, Lindsay Sparagana’s digital photo project at the children museum Imagina, and Bronwyn Treacy’s printmaking installation in collaboration with students from Bachillerato 5 de Mayo BUAP at Museo de la Memoria Histórica Universitaria BUAP.  All projects engaged young students in the critical discussion of social issues and extending the dialogue to broader audiences.

This is only the beginning, and with your help we will continue to raise questions, reeducate, and engage artists in projects that actively contribute to social justice.  You are welcome to join us in the dialogue. 

Thank you again for your generous support!

Emmanuel Ortega leading a workshop at MUTEC
Emmanuel Ortega leading a workshop at MUTEC
Round table with Jakup, Gustavo, and Ernesto
Round table with Jakup, Gustavo, and Ernesto
Yveline Etienne with the young photographers
Yveline Etienne with the young photographers
Lindsay the group of young student artists
Lindsay the group of young student artists
Bronwyn Treacy working her students
Bronwyn Treacy working her students
Students from 5 de Mayo h.s. installing their work
Students from 5 de Mayo h.s. installing their work
Students enjoying the installation process
Students enjoying the installation process
Detail of the installation at Museo de la Memoria
Detail of the installation at Museo de la Memoria

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