Community Radio Waves Empower Rural Guatemala

by Creative Action Institute
Oct 18, 2011

The Power of Radio

During her time in Guatemala, ArtCorps Artist Monika Navarro worked with Cultural Survival to strengthen the capacity of indigenous communities in Guatemala through projects that disseminated knowledge, facilitate communication and build a stronger sense of identity as a community radio network.  Monika worked closely with Cultural Survival as well as its grassroots partner, Radio Ixchel. 

Throughout her time in Guatemala, Monika was able to identify critical topics and increase awareness about those topics through radio. In addition to her work with Radio Ixchel, Monika traveled to several different radio stations that are part of the indigenous community radio network in Guatemala, connect with them, and teach them new ways of utilizing radio, a powerful resource. 

ArtCorps is pleased to announce the next ArtCorps Artist who has already started her work with Cultural Survival. Patricia Escalon is an innovative and talented artist who has an extensive background in documentary film and theater.  Patricia Escalon has been crafting stories since childhood. Patricia has a BA in Journalism and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. She is a skilled screenwriter, documentary videographer, still photographer and social media user. Patricia will be able to shed a different light on radio programs, share her expertise on communication and creativity, and how these elements can be effectively utilized to enhance audience engagement via radio while conveying critical information. In addition, Patricia will be working with youth to cultivate the next generation of radio broadcasters.

“Artists have always been social activists. Their role is to hold a mirror to society, encouraging individuals to question the status quo. Storytelling adds to this role by allowing individuals to connect to each other by sharing stories and by fostering mutual understanding between different peoples. It is only by empathizing with each other that we can transform our society.”  ~ Patricia Escalon


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Creative Action Institute

Location: Ipswich, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Louisa Trackman
Ipswich, MA United States

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