Fundación ArteSumapaz is an arts and culture center located in San Bernardo, Cundinamarca, Colombia. We provide residencies for international, national, and emerging artists. We are developing concerts, art park, and exhibitions, as well as projects focusing on organic agriculture, reforestation, and intentional community.
ArteSumapaz is located on Hacienda Australia, on 181 fanegadas (116 hectares, or 288 acres). The property is located in the municipality of San Bernardo, Cundinamarca, about three hours outside of Bogotá. In recent years, the property had been used as a cow farm, although historically the farm was part of a larger coffee plantation. All around the property you can still encounter the remains of former buildings that housed the workers, a school, and other remains of what was formerly here. Extensive trails lead to waterfalls, an ancient indigenous petroglyph, and a wealth of natural settings.
The main house at ArteSumapaz dates back over 100 years. The construction is primarily of adobe, with tiles floors, and clay-tile roof (quieter in the rain!). There are several private bedrooms with bathrooms, and two larger rooms with several single beds each. There is a main dining room in which residents share all meals, the library/living room, and a porch that wraps around three sides of the house. READ MORE
El Granero is our exhibition and performance space, located in a restored barn, that had formerly been a working space in the coffee plantation. See our events for exhibitions, concerts, performances, and more. With a foam-padded floor and large sliding doors, this is one of the most beautiful places here to watch the sun set.
The Communal Studio was created from a former working building on the farm, and is the main shared artmaking space. It features a triple-height ceiling, and large wall walls. An etching press is available for printmaking, including monotype and etching.
The Bookbindery is located in the writers studio, and includes a wide range of equipment for hand-bookbinding.
The Stable is an open-air studio, with a small electric clay kiln and a workbench. The ground here is naturally rich in clay, which is easy to harvest. This space is also excellent for other three-dimensional work.
The Music Studio (new in July 2021) is a 24 square meter (250 square feet) space adjacent to the Stable studio. It features a Yamaha YDP electric piano with weighted keys, a Craviotto drum set, and countless hand drums.
Casa Tasmania is a separate house for volunteers and other staff.
ArteSumapaz is to be a center for the arts with:
- Alternative art school
- Artists Residency
- Reforestation project
- Art Park
- Performing arts center
- Exhibition center
- Agriculture – as part of sustainability, producing food onsite for community use
ArteSumapaz is located on 181 fanegadas (116 hectares, or 288 acres). The property is located in the municipality of San Bernardo, Cundinamarca. In most recent years, the property had been used as a cow farm, although historically the farm was part of a larger coffee plantation.
Each of the parts of the center would complement the activities of each group. The residencies would expose students to the thinking of international artists, while the community would create a backbone of social continuity. In turn, members of the community could participate in and benefit from the activities of the school and residency.
ArteSumapaz is focused on the arts as its principal mission.
Every nation on earth has its own language through which it expresses itself, narrates who it is to understand its own reality, tells the stories that make it unique; and transmits its myths and traditions to the following generations.
This is a brief approach to the native peoples of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the metaphors that inspire them. A story based on the chapter Sacred Geographies from the book The Wayfinders by Wade Davis.
The New York Times recently published an article written by Jason Farago, The Arts Are in Crisis. Here’s How Biden Can Help. Below, I’m sharing the first and last paragraphs, as I feel they pertain to ArteSumapaz and our endeavors.
Ric Dragon, Director
Pedro Crump, Preident
Cra. 3 #77-89
Hacienda Australia, Vereda San Francisco,
San Bernardo, Cundinamarca, 252027
+57 (300) 929-1094