Arquetopia began 2013 facing new challenges and undergoing big changes in structure, plans, programs and major anticipation of its new headquarters in Puebla, Mexico. New staff and board members joined our Foundation to continue developing the arts and contribute to social change. We welcomed to our staff international artists Priscilla Rojas-Kauffmann and Steve Tierney to expand Arquetopia Oaxaca, while art collectors, art historians, entrepreneurs, and a lithography guru joined the Board of Directors including Raymundo Fraga, Emmanuel Ortega, Margarita Herrera, Alejandra Maza and Gildardo Flores, and Marge Devon.
Marking Arquetopia’s three-year anniversary, we decided to review our most successful projects and history of promoting Development and social transformation through the arts. The result was a new exciting structure incorporating into all of our projects and programs: social scope; quality; synergy; collaboration; innovation; viability; reciprocity; and respect for local knowledge.
We are excited to announce Aulas the newest addition to our programs. Aulas are Arquetopia’s nontraditional learning model offering educational and training opportunities for youth and emerging artists, curators, and musicians. The goal is to elevate the quality of performance, analysis, and production of the arts, instilling critical sense as part of the creative process. Last January, we launched this program at Museo Taller Erasto Cortés with the first workshop for local artists and curators taught by art historian Emmanuel Ortega addressing diverse art critique theories including critical gender and race.
Stay tuned! We will have more exciting news and upcoming surprises to share: music ensembles, concerts, international collaborations and a public dedication!
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