Call for Muralist-MURAL JAM – paint the town/ Artists Jan 24-Feb 2:
Jaguar Luna Cultural Arts Collective (*JLCAC) is pleased to announce an open call to painters and community from within Costa Rica, and the world. JLCAC is an international arts collective with the mission devoted to integrate arts in rural areas in order to create better harmony with nature. We currently have scheduled an artist from New Orleans, Jamar Pierre to paint with us. Our director, Huilo, will also be painting as well as local artisans. Would you like to join us and set a legacy into action with creating beauty for the people who grow our food and protect thousands of acres of wilderness for the planet?
We are preparing to integrate the first installation of a campaign to increase social awareness and aesthetic harmony in southern, rural Costa Rica. We are seeking mature artists to assist in guiding the project from the proposal process (including sketches), to the application of the painting of the mural itself with the community.
We are receiving well thought proposals and portfolios from artists who are committed to “changing the dream” through art. Murals are collective stories, a way for the community to see itself, it’s legacy, and it’s possibilities.
Location and site:
We have several possibilities to engage murals individually at the Center or with the community. There are various spaces that can encompass worthy view-sheds for murals: sides of buildings/a local community gym/ or a local super market.
One of the murals we intend to create will encompass several concrete panels adjacent to the pueblo’s community park. The local collective supermarket chain BM sponsors the wall. It is approximately 40 meters of visual space with an additional 18 hidden behind a home. It consists of 28 approximately 2 meter long panels by 2.5 meters high.
The wall was built to hide the truck receiving area for the supermarket. The park space is open with a spectacular view from the main crossroads. The pueblo is a small rural coffee-centric outpost of the furthest reaches of Southern Costa Rica near the Panama border. Situated in a coastal mountain range, the area receives abundant tropical rains from May – November and a considerable dry season from Dec-April with Jan-March the dryer periods.
The area is near ancient volcanic energy from Baru (Panama) to active calderas beneath the Pacific Ocean. Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula are within 50 kilometers.
Opportunities and Threats:
The region is at high risk of losing it’s youth to jobs at other locations, and to the narco mafia. The governance of the country sees the area as ‘another’ corporate farming infusion or neglectful tourist development. The surrounding area (while there are abundant tracts of forest) has been severely deforested for beef industry.
The area is nearby several lush rivers however some neglect is impacted by agriculture. The region is home to many wild animals that are forced to traverse the river valleys at night and risk getting shot. Jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, deer, river otters, monkeys, are continually threatened by unattended agricultural and population growth. Further the region is vulnerable to outfall from a proposed international airport construction and immense hydro electric project that threatens the pristine Terraba River/Diquis valley with vast flooding of river plains.
Compassionate, heart-centered farming networks energize the area, yet who have little or no time to participate in ecology or cultural arts. However, this is open to change with devoted projects such as “paint-the-town” where murals liberate the stories and increase human beauty and motivation to care for the area.
History and Culture:
The region has a long and mysterious history with human influence reaching back at least 10,000 years. The area was strongly influenced by the Diquis people. There history is minimally honored in the area. Present day Ngobe Guaymi people live along the Ticos. There are several festivals in the area that honor traditional story telling.
How to submit a proposal/portfolio:
Send proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently seeking artists that will assist in painting an entire mural project. Each artist will collaborate with the Jaguar Luna Cultural Arts Collective (JLCAC) and the surrounding community, the local businesses and schools to create a visual bridge integrating the mural’s mission.
Interested artists can send a link or photographs (up to 5) of their style of painting in regards to large format. Once these have been selected artists will be invited to submit sketches for the project. The sketches can be for the entire project space, a part of it or a panel of 2x 2.5 meters. Once the artists have been selected the drawings will be submitted to the owners of the Super Market who sponsor the wall.
Selected artists will be encouraged to find a patron to invigorate their participation such as patreon.com or gofundme.com or through private grants or ministry of cultures.. Through a cooperative experience, the artist must show responsibility, enthusiasm and devotion. We can offer housing at our Center for the duration of the painting project. Depending on the artist and their needs we can waive up to 100% of the residency fees**.
**$175 reservation/cleaning/energy/reforestation fee not waived.
Duration of residency
<p>Accommodations/workshop/studio space We provide rustic, comfortable, imaginative habitats for artists to create and imagine easily with their muse. Lodging is located in a hilly environment with access to group kitchen. We have 5-shared bathrooms. From private/shared cabins to lofts, or dorm rooms, we have a place that is right for all types of artists. Housing is shared only on agreement and is private unless otherwise stated. The cabins are suitable for live/work space, and we have separate workshops available for construction/clay/wood working, etc. Dance, theatre can be held in the common building, our dance tower, outdoor amphitheater, or our elevated tree platform. Film/Photography is possible anywhere. Writing can be facilitated in a number of spaces that include our screened in Kiosk (also for photography).</p>
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
<p>sketching, drawing, painting, muralists, mosaic artists</p>
Studio / Workspace
<p>Workshop, photography kiosk and observatory, 2 theatres, dance/performance tower, outdoor space including bamboo dome.</p>
Fees and support
<p>$175 reservation/carbon/cleaning/damage recovery– fee required to reserve space. We can support artists with a scholarship for reduced accommodation fees.</p>
Expectations towards the artist
<p>We are currently seeking artists that will assist in painting an entire mural project. Each artist will collaborate with the Jaguar Luna Cultural Arts Collective (JLCAC) and the surrounding community, the local businesses and schools to create a visual bridge integrating the mural’s mission. Interested artists can send a link or photographs (up to 5) of their style of painting in regards to large format. Once these have been selected artists will be invited to submit sketches for the project. The sketches can be for the entire project space, a part of it or a panel of 2x 2.5 meters. Once the artists have been selected the drawings will be submitted to the owners of the Super Market who sponsor the wall.</p>
please share images of your works, CV resume, 3 references, length of stay requested. dates of potential stay, materials or space needed other than accommodations.