Sea Turtles Inspire an Entire Village to Make Art, Solve Issues, and Work Towards a Stronger Sense of Community

(July 16th – San José, Costa Rica)

For the first time this July a group of artists and educators settle into the small village of Punta Banco, Puntarenas, to work with the community on a series of art projects aimed at educating the public about conservation and sustainable living practices. Artist educators will teach workshops on mural painting, creating costumes out of recycled materials, designing puppet theaters and making jewelry. Artists will collaborate with local schools, women’s groups, community leaders and other interested participants. Some projects are aimed at involving youth in taking a hands-on approach to thinking about what they can do to change the endangered status of the Olive Ridley sea turtle. Other projects focus on raising money for the much-needed disposal of trash in town. Still others are aimed at promoting pure fun and creativity.

PRETOMA has just expanded to include ComunicArte, a community-based art education program focusing on local environmental issues. “There are a lot of good, intelligent and dedicated scientists and environmentalists out there who are working hard to do whatever they can to slow the process of environmental degradation in Costa Rica.” said ComunicArte coordinator, Ashlie Gaos, “But if we don’t find a way to bring their hard work, discoveries and knowledge into the public eye so that it can transform the way we think and live, then it is all for nothing.”

The ComunicArte program is based on the assumption that art can be a powerful tool for raising awareness about environmental threats and posing creative solutions. Artists work with the community to create public artworks that they hope will also act as catalysts for dialogue and action both within the community and beyond. ComunicArte artists and educators began their residency in Punta Banco on July 15th and present work made by Punta Banco citizens on the afternoon of Friday, August 8th during the annual Art & Earth Festival. This festival is open to the public and artists hope to see people from outlying regions come to support the event and learn more about what is happening with the project.

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