Mini-Fairs: Give Mothers Environmental Passports to Learn About the Artists Work for the Planet
By rebecca trujillo - directora
Mother shows stampted pasport for bags project.
"How do you do a Fair in the middle of COVID? Artiespecial is facing this question as they plan the 2021 Fair of Animals in Danger of Extinction in Nicaragua. The artists have not given up on the animals, even though they have been at times closed down for COVID. They are coming up with some creative ways to do their Fair at the end of May. By practicing the basics of COVID protection so far, none of these artists have been affected by the virus. In the meantime, they have teamed up with the Mother Leaders to do Mini-Fairs in neighborhoods on environmental work. These are fairs adapted for COVID. Together, they reflected that their work with animals in danger had been a journey of awareness; they then created an Environmental Passport to symbolize this journey. Small groups of mothers received their Environmental Passports. The first mothers Mini-Fair started on April 16. This Fair involves the mother traveling to different places within the Dorthy Stang Environmental Center in Matagalpa. The goal of this Mini-Fair is for the mothers to view the work the artists are doing to help the natural environment. The mothers visited the Planet Of Piñatas, the State Of Sewing, the Region Of Recycle, the Kountry Of Kraft Bags, and the Animal Paradise Of Painting. Each mother masked up for the travel, a journey made with social distancing to learn about these works. The last stop was a Video Village where they could view environmental issues and values with possible solutions. At each place, the mothers' passports were stamped with colorful seals and the artists explained their work for environmental protection. The Fair was successful, ending with a renewed commitment to join the artists with disabilities to ensure environmental protection and awareness of the animals in danger of extinction and assist in the May Fair. The work continues as the artist plan the big Fair, which will involve more community members of Matagalpa, but with COVID guidelines. They will have a drawing contest with several schools. They are reviewing the Mini- Fairs to see how people are affected to develop the ideas for the big Fair in May. They continue with their training in artistic-silk-screening during this COVID time. The hope is to have pictures of animals in danger of extinction in every possible place to create more awareness. The silk-screening is putting this dream to a new level. The next Mini-Fair is at the end of April in the southern neighborhoods. Doing these Mini-Fairs, the artists include the mothers of children with disabilities to join them in their quest. They are grateful for your support. We all know that saving animals from extinction is something we all want to do no matter which country, region, or paradise we live in on this planet.
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