I just wrote a blog post about community on my personal blog that you can read here and for some reason the word keeps coming up in conversations. Community.
One of my goals in building this residency was to build community. I wanted to build community within the town around this venture. I wanted to build community for the artists within the residency and I wanted to build community between the locals and the visiting international artists. These were my main goals, because I believe everything and everyone thrives in community. That's why there are so many opportunities for community building built within the structure of the residency: community classes, children's classes, Sunday salons, open studios, final exhibitions... all opportunities to make connections, be inclusive, build opportunity, find commonalities, find friends -- all within a creative context.
She gave me pause because she's right. It is happening. Through these events and through the artists own outreach into the community, relationships are building.
For example, a local diver who helped Sarah Cameron Sunde in her project and befriended two other artists in the pueblo, came by today and is making his own art plus helping Magda in hers!
And an old friend from the previous incarnation of the residency here in Akumal came looking for me once he heard there was some new fandangled residency happening in the recesses of the jungle behind some place called the "bakery"! He wants to help promote the artists and the residency.
Community. Connection. Through art and artists.
It's exciting. It's happening And its not over yet!
Come join us at an event!