Co-founders Ric Dragon, a United States visual artist living in Colombia for the past four years, and Pedro Crump, a Colombian composer and musician, have announced the formation of a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and growth of art and culture in Colombia. The foundation, named ArteSumapaz, is located on a former coffee plantation of 286 acres in San Bernardo, Cundinamarca.Continue reading
Whether you’re coming as a volunteer or as a visiting artist, if this is your first visit to Colombia, there are a few really wonderful books that are worth reading. Here are our recommendations:Continue reading
On 15 January, 2019, we hosted an exploratory meeting for our alternative arts school. The overall plan and proposed curriculum was presented to a group of young artists. The participants were also asked about their levels of interest in the proposals.
One thing we heard was that several participants would be interested in attending a brief introduction workshop – perhaps a weekend in duration, so that they could experience the curricular approach and facilities firsthand.
If you wanted to attend this meeting, but couldn´t, or are just interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us. We are planning for the first 6-8 week session to commence in August 2019.
I’ve received a lot of questions lately about how people can get involved with ArteSumapaz. Right now, we are still in start-up mode, dealing with things like setting up the non-profit foundation, and negotiating the lease contract.Continue reading
Recently, in meeting with another foundation director here in Bogotá, I was inspired to write my own manifesto:
Global warming. War. Famine. Disease. In the face of these countless crisis we face in our world, we believe that the presence of art provides a deeply abiding affirmation of hope. Inherent in art is a constant questioning of the status quo, of what is established, what needs to be questioned. It gives individuals the permission to look both more deeply within and in the world around them. It elevates the taking of time to contemplate, to observe more keenly the relationships of all things with everything. We explore the stories and myths that abide in our collective memories, that guide us backout of our struggles, both as a people and as individuals.Continue reading
In November 2016, Pioneer Works hosted the Alternative Art School Fair. Fortunately, they seem to have made recordings of all of the panels and presentations. We have homework!