Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
1) The Tlacopac International Artist Residency, based in a historic Manuel Parra-designed home in the Aguilas/Colonia los Alpes neighborhood of Mexico CIty, welcomes women artists, senior artists, LGBTQIA artists, Latinx artists Indigenous contemporary and traditional artists from Mexico and throughout the world, artists with disabilities, student and university groups interested in such areas as the arts, architecture, International Relations, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and other areas, to come together for “convivencia” (conviviality) or a deep cultural sharing through the arts. Artists with the financial means to attend but without a serious artistic trajectory are not admitted; for artists without the financial means to attend but with a serious artistic trajectory, scholarships and other supports are offered. For artists visiting from outside Mexico, efforts are made for the visiting artists to experience a deep convivencia (conviviality) with their Mexican counterparts. 2) The Pantzingo EcoTourism Park is a creation of the Parangaricutiro Committee of the P’urépecha people centered in and around San Juan Nuevo, Michoacán, Mexico. San Juan Nuevo is the town that was created for the refugees of the Paricutín volcano, which erupted 1943-1952 and buried the town in lava and cinders. The Parangaricutiro P’urépecha now see this eruption as a chance to re-invent this group and to provide it with sustainable ventures. One of the ventures is EcoTourism. The Pantzingo EcoTourism Park failed to attract a significant number of ecotourists and is threatened by unsustainability. Puentes y Redes S.C. has been named by the Parangaricutiro Committee as their Ambassador to the greater world to attract international artists, with a focus on indigenous artists from throughout the world, to establish in Pantzingo deep convivencias among indigenous artists from many regions of the world. Capacity-building for Parangaricutiro P’urépecha is an equally important part of this initiative, as Parangaricutiro people primarily people under 40, will be trained in the English language, tour guiding, documentation of their history, sharing of their history and present through visits to local P’urépecha cultural activities such as fishing, ceramics, forestation projects, dance and music, costume-making, candy-making, local agricultural techniques; cooking for visitors, which will re-establish earlier P’urépecha culinary traditions which were not meat-based: and many other sustainable talents. An objective of this effort is to convince young P’urépecha that there are remunerative, sustainable, pride-filled activities which obviate tendencies or preferences to leave their communities, move to the United States, become involved in the local and remunerative but dangerous drug-trafficking culture, and other activities.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
Project # 1 the Tlacopac International Artist Residency has hosted in less than 1 year, its “beta year” of operations, approximately 30 artists, who have included senior, LGBTQ, indigenous (P’urépecha, Tzotzil, Maya, mestizx), Mexican Japanese, Afro Mexican, film, modern dance, classical dance, folkloric dance, dance historians, European, and other artists working in most fields of the arts. We have hosted a “think tank” of 29 Mexican arts managers and creatives around the potential and goals of Tlacopac. We have worked with a private foundation and private philanthropists to preserve the adjoining house, designed and built by legendary Mexican architect Juan O’Gorman for the MacArthur-winning American Mexican composer Conlon Nancarrow. We have saved it from sale and destruction. Its operations as an international artist residency focused on the same goals as Tlacopac, but with a concentration on architecture and music, is expected to take place in March, 2020. Most of the artists were hosted here on a scholarship basis. We established Tlacopac as a leader in keeping artistic families together by establishing a policy by which children are not separated from their families and under which parents are still provided with the conditions they need to focus on their art. For Project # 1 the Pantzingo EcoTourism Park adaptation into an international artist residency with a focus on global indigenous cultural exchange, letters of support for the project were received from the Committee on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the United Nations office in New York, from the Parangaricutiro Comittee of the P’urépecha people of the state of Michoacán, Mexico, and from Mexico’s National Institute of Indigenous Peoples so that this project can move forward January 1, 2020.