Join The Water is one
In ancient times all continents were united in what we know as Pangea; a single continental mass surrounded by a single ocean. Thanks to the balanced interaction between the Sun and Earth, now and forever, water has been everywhere feeding rains, rivers and seas. Agua es Una is an intercultural festival of public art that carries the message of saving the oceans and water to the streets of Querétaro in a special edition of the program Muros del Mar: Artistas por los Océanos by Fundación Pangeaseed. Through this pioneering festival in public art, we seek to translate these pressing environmental issues and solutions into visual stories that engage the public to raise awareness of the value and challenges facing water resources in Querétaro, Mexico and the world.
The festival will take place from 30 March to 15 April 2018 at the Centro Educativo y Cultural del Estado de Querétaro (CECEQ)”Manuel Gómez Morín”. The program includes mural painting, for which the CECEQ’s “El Pendulo” building is contemplated, with the participation of 8 Mexican and 8 international artists, covering a total of 3000 in the site. In addition, parallel events will include round tables and film screenings.
Join the volunteer program “Water is One”.
Why CECEQ and Querétaro?
The CECEQ is a vital institution for the formation and recreation of the population of Querétaro and its surroundings, since it has more than 60 multidisciplinary spaces for workshops, conferences, exhibitions, cinema cycles, plays, classes or all kinds of activities. The institution has a privileged location on Avenida Constituyentes corner with Luis Pasteur, in the heart of the city. It is estimated that the monthly average receives 100 thousand visitors of all ages. In addition, it has significant media coverage with coverage in local radio, television, print and electronic media.
Querétaro, on the other hand, is the center of Mexico: a gateway to the semi-arid northern plateau, a crossroads for commerce and the country’s ancient capital. The history of Querétaro begins with a spring known as “El Pinito”,”Socavones” and “Alberca El Capulín”; these waters marked the settlement of the Ñhañhö families, headed by Conín in 1521. These same waters gave rise to the construction of the aqueduct, the city’s most emblematic monument, in 1738; in 1838 they also gave rise to the settlement of the city’s first factory in Hercules.
There is a legend Ñhañhö that says:”There is a spirit in spring, we call it El Chan; who will take the water from the spring when humans fight for it”. Spring is dry today. Our water is becoming depleted as it grows rapidly, which has meant that to meet the growing demand for water resources, water has to be transported from Hidalgo, where disadvantaged communities in turn are deprived of their own resources.
This festival aims to highlight the importance of water resources through art and activism (ARTivism), engaging a broad audience on these critical issues and fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility in exploring solutions to challenges such as water waste, plastic pollution and wastewater management.
Nine Urban Art
Nueve is born from Incusa, a wholesale painting company, as an initiative of social bonding through cultural methodologies based on urban art with emerging artists, all working for a common purpose: The power of conscious organizations to save the world, with integral responsibility through projects that can establish links with society, the indigenous community and public art. For Nine, cultures are not established; they evolve when social agreement changes. In that sense, art and science are key to exploring new social agreements and changing culture. Therefore, Nueve makes the research, production and communication of symbols, portrayed on walls and public spaces, change reality by gently touching the social fabric through culture in a sustainable way.
The PangeaSeed Foundation is an international, non-profit organization based in Hawaii that focuses on the intersection of culture and environmentalism to promote the conservation of our oceans. Its mission is to empower individuals and communities to create significant environmental change for the oceans through ARTIVISM, the perfect synergy between art and activism, designed to educate and raise public awareness of critical en