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.
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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Aug 7, 2014

An Intensive Summer of Progress

Student Angel Atilano Montellano Urbieta in Lesson
Student Angel Atilano Montellano Urbieta in Lesson

An Intensive Summer of Progress

It’s been a very different and intensive summer for Arquetopia’s music programs from previous years. We have embarked on a new project for 2014 that has been not only proven to foster more motivation toward practicing and learning but also provides a quantifiable, permanent audiovisual record of each student’s work and progress while eliminating stage fright.

This year’s special emphasis on learning how to eliminate stage fright goes beyond attaining the solid self-confidence students already get from having practiced properly. During each individual lesson, students are recorded on high-definition video, performing portions of the latest pieces of repertoire they are studying. Performing regularly for a critical audience, whether the audience is live or in the form of a high-quality camera, instills better concentration and desensitizes students to the common environmental elements that cause stage fright. The videos of the students are then rotated on YouTube and Vimeo during times of year when students are working toward live concert performances. The knowledge that their work will soon be seen and heard publicly on these websites after each session, regardless of how prepared or unprepared they are, motivates students to practice longer and more diligently than without recording.

These clips are catalogued in Arquetopia’s permanent library for future access by the students who may draw upon them for submission to various future endeavors such as competitions, concert performance opportunities, job auditions, and especially for college and conservatory scholarships.

Arquetopia’s New Music Space in Puebla

As of July 4 and after more than two and a half years of searching for a permanent home for Arquetopia, we have acquired a new space for our foundation, international artist residencies, and growing music programs in the central historic district of Puebla. The beautiful, spacious, and acoustically ideal music studio in the building’s solarium tower provides the long-awaited solution for our music programs’ previous space limitation of operating only in Oaxaca. Additional plans for the purchase of a quality grand piano and for the construction of a premier chamber music rehearsal and performing venue on the top floor are currently underway.

All of us at Arquetopia, staff and students alike, wish to profusely thank you, our many donors, for your continued support. It is no small miracle to have reached this important milestone in our journey, and we humbly acknowledge and appreciate the exceptional generosity of all of you.  Have a wonderful summer and autumn.

Angel in lesson with Maestro Chris Davis
Angel in lesson with Maestro Chris Davis
Angel in recording session w/Maestro Chris Davis
Angel in recording session w/Maestro Chris Davis
Preview of domed ceiling of our new music studio
Preview of domed ceiling of our new music studio
A stained-glass window in our new music studio
A stained-glass window in our new music studio
Night view, downtown Puebla, from our music studio
Night view, downtown Puebla, from our music studio

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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

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