Children
 Mexico
Project #7735

Help Mexican Youths Fight Violence Through Art

by Arquetopia, Foundation for Development
Vetted
Jan 17, 2012

The Fight Against Violence Continues...

Public Art Team working on the design
Public Art Team working on the design

The fight against violence continues: art connects Puebla and Oaxaca.

Puebla and Oaxaca are two of the poorest states in the country with the highest immigration rates and youth high school dropouts.  Thus, Arquetopia decided to bring the best of its programs to Oaxaca and invest in old lasting tradition, art and youth.  “Both states will benefit with this initiative and will create more opportunities for artists and youth, furthering the discussion about social issues in a public spectrum,” Francisco Guevara, Executive Director of Arquetopia, expressed.

Without a doubt, the fall of 2011 was a busy season and while our public art team continued to work on the design for San Agustin Calvario, Arquetopia’s staff worked intensively to make this initiative a reality.  The big date was December 10, and the celebration of Arquetopia’s second anniversary brought exciting news to everyone: the new Arquetopia Oaxaca had also opened it doors.  With a clear commitment to keep fighting violence in Mexico through art and continue to create opportunities for underrepresented communities, the new cultural center was inaugurated with music and tamales, Oaxacan style.

Together, through Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca, we will be able to establish a permanent circuit to promote development through art.  We will bring international artists to participate in the discussion, keep investing in the future generations, promote tourism, create new jobs, and foremost, to present a more nuanced perception of Mexico and fight the image of violence, danger and blood.

Arquetopia has great plans for 2012 and we will keep you posted on future projects.  Thanks again for all your support, and we look forward to creating more art and transforming our community!

Dandelion sketch, murals final draft
Dandelion sketch, murals final draft
Arquetopia
Arquetopia's new art center in Oaxaca
Arquetopia
Arquetopia's new art center in Oaxaca
General view of the patio at Arquetopia Oaxaca
General view of the patio at Arquetopia Oaxaca
2o Anniversary, celebrating Oaxaca style!
2o Anniversary, celebrating Oaxaca style!
Official opening ceremony of Arquetopia Oaxaca
Official opening ceremony of Arquetopia Oaxaca
Dedication speech by the Executive Director
Dedication speech by the Executive Director
Celebrating our grand opening
Celebrating our grand opening
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Arquetopia, Foundation for Development

Location: Puebla - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​www.arquetopia.org
Project Leader:
Francisco Guevara
Executive Director
Puebla, PUE Mexico

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