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
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.
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.
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!
This is an article about alternative art schools, in Frieze. The author, Sam Thorne, is an Open School East co-founder, and has authored a book about alternative art schools.
An interesting article about an alternative art school in Great Britain, in which instead of paying for tuition, students provide community service.