Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Taller Portobelo Norte

Taller Portobelo Norte, is a US arts collective founded in 2001, descending from Taller Portobelo in Panama. Taller Portobelo is the brainchild of Panamanian artist, Sandra Eleta, who began opening her home to artists to create & fellowship in the 1970's.

The mission of Taller Portobelo Norte is to (from their website):

• encourage critical dialogues around the art and culture(s) of the African Diaspora, especially as they are manifested in Latin America and the Caribbean.

• create an exchange of ideas amongst artists across cultural, generational and disciplinary lines.

• create a supportive space for experimental and non-traditional artists, writers, and scholars to experience communal intellectual stimulation as well as quiet contemplation.

• assist Taller Portobelo in documenting and preserving the culture and traditions of the Congos of Panama.

From October 16th to October 23rd, Taller Portobelo Norte will travel to the Festival Del Narenzo (Black Christ Festival) in Portobelo, Panama. The retreat is open to artists of all creative genres. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, check out the Taller Portobelo Norte website here.

IMPORTANT: The registration deadline is September 18, 2010.

Here's a video of a 2008 attendee discussing her awesome experience. (The end of this video is hilarious! hehehe!)

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