Help Mexican Youths Fight Violence Through Art

 
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The Largest Public Art Piece: A Safe Haven

fD Arquetopia
fD Arquetopia

The Largest Public Art Piece: A Haven for Art and Human Rights

 Great news from Arquetopia! As we continue to expand our programs in Oaxaca by officially opening the exhibit “Metamorphosis” by Canadian textile artist Jessica de Haas and the product of our first formal collaboration with the Oaxaca Textile Museum, we continue to offer more artistic opportunities to reduce the impact of violence and have decided to take on bigger challenges.  This year, our Foundation has embarked in the creation of the largest living permanent art piece that will promote human rights and social transformation. 

We are very excited to announce that Arquetopia will become the world's fourth refuge facility for visual artists persecuted for pursuing their ideas of social change.  We became the only program in the Americas to offer this kind of program by joining freeDimensional, an international network that supports art spaces which host activism and provide a safe haven for oppressed artists.  We are committed to promote human rights internationally and put into context the work we already do in the local sphere.  

It is also time for Arquetopia to find a permanent home, a place that will serve as an anchor for art and expression and that will provide more opportunities for diverse communities.  We have started the search, and, in keeping all of our programs in mind, we want to reaffirm our commitment to our mission by renovating a historic building in the downtown area of the colonial city of Puebla.  Our new home not only will preserve historic heritage and continue to serve as an open space for the creation and discussion of the arts, but it will be a living artwork, full of art and music, hosting activism, and promoting human rights.  This space will allow us to fortify the cultural circuits both in Puebla and Oaxaca, bringing us closer to the communities we serve.

It will soon be official, and we’ll keep you posted with news and photos of our new building.  Thanks again for all your support!  We will continue creating more art and transforming our community!

"Florece" by Jessica de Haas at Museo Textil
"Florece" by Jessica de Haas at Museo Textil
Remgio Mestas enjoying the exhibit
Remgio Mestas enjoying the exhibit
Enjoying the opening at Museo Textil de Oaxaca
Enjoying the opening at Museo Textil de Oaxaca

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Project Leader

Francisco Guevara

Executive Director
Puebla, PUE Mexico

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