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They summon muralists from the south to leave a vital mark in Villa del Carmen

Responding to residents’ concerns, artists or crews will be selected to create murals that integrate the set of signs of the eviction plan conceived by the Seismic Network.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico (MAC) and its Program El MAC en el Barrio announce the call for the creation of murals in the Ponce urbanization of Villa del Carmen, as part of its emergency community program Art and Psychosocial Support for the South.

Since the beginning of 2020, the MAC has offered artistic workshops and support dynamics to facilitate the expression of residents and help build creative capacities that enable the physical and emotional well-being of people affected by the seismic activity that persists in the area.

The program focuses on the community of Villa del Carmen and the students of the Angela Cordero Bernard and Sor Isolina Ferré schools.

The objective

Villa del Carmen is located in the Yellow Zone, a classification granted by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network to areas in danger of tsunamis.

Responding to residents’ concerns about their eviction plan, artists or crews will be selected to create murals in dialogue with residents.

The content of the murals should reinforce the community’s sense of identity and integrate the set of security signs of the eviction plan conceived by the Seismic Network, in collaboration with the residents of Villa del Carmen.

This in order to direct about 4,500 residents and more than a thousand students who attend schools in the area to a safe space.

Who can participate?

The call is aimed at artists residing in the southwest area of ​​Puerto Rico, over 21 years of age, who work on mural painting. The towns included in this region are Juana Díaz, Ponce, Peñuelas, Guayanilla, Yauco, Sabana Grande, Lajas, Guánica, San Germán, Cabo Rojo, Hormigueros, Mayagüez and Añasco.

Interested artists must complete the registration form and submit the required documents on or before Saturday, October 31.

The selected artists will be announced on Monday, November 9 through MAC’s social networks, @MuseoMACPR.

This selection will be in charge of Marianne Ramírez Aponte, executive director and chief curator of the MAC; Windy Cosme Rosario, manager of the MAC in the Neighborhood; Lohary Munet Piñeiro, community leader from Villa del Carmen; Humberto Figueroa, cultural manager and independent curator based in Ponce; Emilia Quiñones Otal, curator and assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez; and Belinés Ramos, co-founder of the Legal-Psychological Clinic and community lawyer.

In fact, the initiative has been developed in collaboration with the Legal-Psychological Clinic, attached to the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, an entity that joins the communities to offer legal and psychological services, based on the needs identified in the community.

Key dates

The chosen artists must be available to make the mural in collaboration with the community as of Monday, November 16.

The process of creating the final sketch should include meetings with members of the community, where the artists can receive input from the residents, who have been participants in the process of creating the eviction routes.

The artists will be assisted by the coordinators of the MAC in the neighborhood in the process of immersion with the community.

Murals must be completed on or before January 15, 2021.

For additional details and a list of requirements, go to the link https://form.jotform.com/convocatoriamac/artistasdelsoeste or call 787-977-4030.

This call is possible thanks to the support of Filantropía PR.

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