>> TREE MAGIC & MYTH: Call for all discipline artists to generate material to save forests. 50% scholarship offered towards accommodations in Costa Rica.
We offer *50% discount for housing to artist(s) willing to help transform perception and increase participation in rejuvenating natural areas surrounding farms and prevent ecological disaster. All disciplines are welcome to apply. Artists are invited to rally their medium in order to dramatically influence perception about the dire crisis falling upon natural landscapes—even in so-called protected areas.
Tree magic is a universal practice with the ‘tree of life’ ‘arbol de vida’. From the mysticism of the kaballah to the druids, trees have been metaphor for maintaining the vigor of life itself on planet Earth. Yet humans have objectified them to the point we live in dire times as forest fall and burn at ever increasing disastrous rates. As artists we consume many products that feed our bodies and create our works.
It has been said, “artists are the journalists of our times”, speaking truth to power to motivate direct action and change. Even in eco-protected areas, tree canopy continues to be destroyed for housing, farms, and increasing corporate development. If we do not come to terms with the objectification and the perception that trees are expendable, we may lose oxygen and indispensable protectors of climate equilibrium.
Not only reforestation is vital to the health of the planet, yet also the need to protect remaining stands of diverse woodlands is critical as well. As we move into a new year, 2020, and witnessing the recent arctic and equatorial fires, we must move quickly to shift perception of corporations, governments, and society that trees are our last remaining hope of survival as a species—and all other species on the planet.
Trees transform toxins, shade, and provide important habitat for butterflies, frogs, mammals, and insect balance. At Jaguar Luna Cultural Arts Collective, we are actively reforesting nearby land and awakening neighboring farmers to protect and reforest the region.
Our area is severely deforested in many areas from palm oil production, pineapple (mono-crop) and cattle grazing. The images from Google maps are startling. Unfortunately the views of denuded lands are not uncommon around the planet. Many protected national parks are isolated and need important buffer zones to assure wildlife vitality. Agri-foods and overpopulation are out of balance with reforestation efforts. Furthermore, while reforestation is excellent, it does NOT host the biodiversity of intact woodland and forests. That takes years to energize naturally.
If you are a concerned artist and wish to present us a project that you feel will shift perception and even help protect and generate interest in reforestation, we invite you to our creative laboratory.
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 the 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).
We have 2+ theatre spaces. Our outdoor amphitheater has its own dressing area, with a giant jaguar head that actors can utilize. We have an indoor theatre with a trap door, which can be used for actors to enter stage from below. We also have plenty of outdoor areas such as our bamboo tree platform and our hummingbird tower actors can engage to prepare works. The grounds around the Center can also be used for ‘roving theatre’ type projects.
Fees and Support
Awarded artist(s) will receive an accommodation free-of-charge for the duration of the agreed stay from 2 weeks to 3 months (up to $4500 value). ***Artists will be responsible for materials, travel and food and reservation fee of $175.
We invite artists who are willing to devote time to the escalating sensitivity to tricky perceptions that surround trees and deforestation.
Artists are encouraged to make suggestions about format and presentation of how their works will grasp people’s attention quickly and deeply. We are not looking for *gory imagery that furthers apathy or depression.
At the end of the residency, artists will present a version of the work they constructed during their stay at our Center and other locales. The project will be recorded and used to promote reforestation in Costa Rica and the world.
Send resume, **references, and **time-frame/season of residency requirements from 2 weeks to 3 months. Jaguar777luna@gmail.com re: Queer Jaguar.
Please send proposals by December 31, 2019 for residency from January 2020 through April 2020 and July/August 2020.