We offer discounted housing/studio space to photographers/filmmakers composing a creative visual narrative about the endangered Quetzal and the horrific state of decline in all bird populations.
Our Center is wildly unique; it combines ecology, community, mutual cooperation and the arts at a fantastic location within remarkable facilities. We aim to change the relationship of the arts (moving beyond art as strictly commodity or objectification) towards a way to balance the dire situation on the planet, by providing promising interaction between communities and artists that benefit and heal the natural ecosphere.
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).
Fees and Support
Awarded artist will receive a cabin for 50-100% discount for the duration of the agreed stay from 2 weeks to 3 months (up to $3000 value). ***Artists will be responsible for travel and food. ***A $175 carbon footprint/ cleaning/ damage recovery fee is charged to each artist and guarantees a reserved space for agreed time. This fee helps us reforest areas around our Center and increase biodiversity, know that with your visit, you are helping to heal the life force on the planet.
***note: Artists may also work on personal, individual projects during their stay as long as the writing proposal is completed.
We are seeking to expand our program with photographers and filmmakers willing to journal/record/dream images that direct attention to the resplendent quetzal, oropendula, toucans, tanagers, eagles, owls, etc. Jaguar Luna Cultural Arts Collective is located in a cloud forest in Southern Costa Rica where many birds live or rest on migratory routes. Currently the occasional trogan, quetzal (birds of paradise), hummingbirds and other species that fly through the equatorial ones or move between Osa Peninsula to Parque Amistad are at high risk of falling into toxic runoff from palm, banana, and pineapple plantations. We believe that the arts can help educate, and change hearts on the importance of birds to the world. We will award a photography/filmmaker with 2 weeks to 3 months residency at discounted rate in exchange for a magical story that inspires the world to care for the remaining tropical bird species in Central and South America. The visual narrative can be creative, imaginative or journalistic, yet it is hoped the piece will inspire governments and the public to integrate better protection and also to encourage ecotourism visitors to participate in projects, such as reforestation, while traveling. We have unique ways to assist the artist to capture interesting images, including our screened-in ‘dragon kiosk’ that has a fruit platform nearby to observe birds more closely. We also have a bamboo platform (pantera platform) in the trees where one can sit still comfortably to learn of birds. We are next to a river that hosts many species, especially early in the morning, to take interesting images.
We welcome all types of image capture ideas. We understand that the work may be flushed out differently or even changed while at the Center. Therefore, we seek to hear your inspiration on why this project appeals to your compassion. When sending your proposal, please include any past nature photography or films that reveal your ability to inspire and influence through your graphic displays. We encourage you to find ways to publish the work that you create while at our center and we will promote your works through our various websites and Facebook/Instagram.
Send resume, references, and time-frame/season of residency requirements from 2 weeks to 3 months. Jaguar777luna@gmail.com re: Mission Jaguar
Please send proposals as soon as possible for residency from January to April 15 and July/August, 2020.