Promoting and recuperating artistic and cultural identity in San Ramon, Matagalpa
Implementing partner: Centro Promocional Cristiano por la Paz y la Vida.
Objective: Develop the artistic capacities of children, youth, and adults in San Ramon while promoting and recuperating indigenous knowledge and cultural identity.
Beneficiaries: The project will directly benefit 120 children, youth, and adults.
- Provide visual arts classes for children and youth in San Ramon to develop their artistic and intellectual capacities.
- Develop fine arts professionals that focus on recuperating national cultural identities of Matagalpa.
- Preserve and promote the cultural costumes of San Ramon through folkloric dance and traditional music classes with youth and children.
- Create pride and knowledge in the cultural historic identity of San Ramon.
Implementing partner: Centro Promocional Cristiano por la Paz y la Vida
Centro Promocional Cristiano por la Paz y la Vida (CPC) is a non-profit association that has provided visual arts classes to the municipality of San Ramon since 1988, being the first arts school in municipality in its history. The school emerged during the civil war of the 1980’s (1980-1990) due to the lack of recreation and diversion for children and as a therapeutic release. In its initiation in 1985, the organization began a space for rural women to come together for biblical worship with a strong social responsibility for the poor. By 1988, the organization transformed, being led primarily by women, and hosting a nutritional program for malnourished children, providing natural medicine, and arts classes.
The first graduates of the program became excellent artists, and later became the first visual arts teachers from San Ramon in 1990. The school gave birth to new visual arts students and teachers, many of whom would study fine arts degrees in Nicaraguan universities throughout the 1990s.
In 2002, the arts school began a partnership with the National School of Fine Arts in Nicaragua, which began to provide courses and training in design and teaching, and re-structured the curriculum with the objective of creating a formal arts school with oversight and accreditation from the National School of Fine Arts Rodrigo Peñalba.
In 2011, the school began to officially function as an extension of the National School of Fine Arts Rodrigo Peñalba, with the certification from the Center of Artistic Education-Pablo Antonio Cuadra (CENEA-PAC) and the National Institute of Culture.
The Project: Promoting and recuperating artistic and cultural identity in San Ramon, Matagalpa
The project will provide visual arts, music, and dance classes to youth and children in San Ramon, Matagalpa, as a way of promoting ancestral knowledge and cultural expression, strengthening the self-esteem and cultural identity of the residents of San Ramon.
The project will provide artistic materials for the arts classes, and will facilitate courses and training for participants in visual arts techniques by a professional teacher. As part of the project, students in the art classes will be involved in the elaboration of an artistic mural called "Indigenous Archers of Yucul", in homage to the indigenous archers of Yucul from the area of Matagalpa who participated in the Battle of San Jacinto on September 14, 1856. Art pieces such as t-shirts, cards, and portraits will be sold in a little shop at the art school, allowing the center to continue providing resources and material for the students and the arts classes.
The project will host folkloric dance and traditional music classes with children, youth, and adults in order to recuperate indigenous knowledge and customs of the municipality. The project will provide musical instruments for the music classes, and will host music shows and presentations in order to raise funds for the arts school. In coordination with the municipality of San Ramon, the project will host a dance competition, based completely on folkloric dance. The winner of this competition will have their dance officially named the traditional dance of San Ramon.
In order to promote the cultural identity of the municipality, the arts school will host public forums and two public expos to promote the art classes and the student’s art work, especially those that are based upon indigenous cultural roots. The art expositions will be called "Our Cultural Patrimonies: Proudly from Matagalpa". The art school will also host three artistic festivals in San Ramon throughout the year.
Our Partnership with the community of Centro Promocional Cristiano para la Paz y la Vida.
This will be the first time that Casa-Pueblito will partner with the Centro Promocional Cristiano para la Paz y la Vida.
Schools may involve themselves in the art classes with students from San Ramon, taking part in artistic creation through visual arts, music, and dance. Students may also take part in classes and games with younger children at the school. Apart from the art classes, students may also visit cooperatives which have been incubated by CPC, such as a jewellery making and recycled paper cooperative.