We are artists in Cuetzalan who run a workshop called Tiltik, a space to learn drawing, painting, engraving, and other trades associated with these skills. We are still learning from other artists from other parts of Mexico that come to share, and we also produce commercial items like t-shirts, bookmarks and stamps. We have painted a great number of murals in schools, public spaces, and businesses. We believe art is an essential part of life, and we love to share it with youth and children.
In Cuetzalan del Progreso, Puebla, support of local artists is scarce, art is absent from most school curricula and the government funds very little arts education programs in the region. However, many Nahuat youth is greatly talented in drawing or painting. However, they find it almost impossible to access art tools, art training, and a platform where they can practice, learn, and eventually sell their artwork. A lot of talent ends up being hardly recognized and seldomly supported.
We offer a workshop where tools and training are given to students. Workshops are provided by emerging or recognized artists from other parts of Mexico. The space and its tools are also open for daily practice, and we produce a variety of products that the creators can sell on their own or through the gallery and its allies. We hope with all these actions the youth can either improve their talents and skills; find ways in which to profit from a skill; and/or spark their interest in studying.
We want to contribute in the creation of a new generation of artists from Cuetzalan del Progreso, who are able to express their culture and identities in new mediums, and who are able to use art in order to express the process of getting to know and understand their culture in better ways. We hope to create a space that next generations will make their own, where they feel confident, a platform where eventually an art hub can spring.