This morning I find myself reading about concrete homes and pouring over our second round of Casa Urraca drawings. It's taken a long time to get this moment and it occurred to me this morning that things are going to get a lot more interesting from here on out and that people may want to follow along as we move forward in our plans.
First, a bit about us. We are Monique Ramos and Richard Colman. We are coming up on our 1 year wedding anniversary but we've been together for 11 years. Richard is an artist, working in San Francisco. I am a designer and I have an online retail shop and design business.
We had a plan to build an artists residency in Tulum. With the support and enthusiasm we've received from everyone we've talked to about our plan, we've decided that the plan needs to be a lot bigger. A few things will separate us from other residencies that offer a familiar model to artists which is: propose a project, work at that project and produce the project. This model is what most residencies are based on and it is almost done alone, away from ones families. We hope that participating artists will have an idea in mind of what they may want to do in the space but will urge participants to stay open to the larger Tulum community and what it might inspire. Casa Urraca will invite the families of the artist to travel with them and will be a new type of approach to existing models.
So we've started this crazy plan and hope to find a larger community of supporters that find value in an idea like this and so far we've learned that there is a lot enthusiasm for a project of this kind. We've been approached by different people who have ideas about potential projects for the space that include pop up gallery space, boutique art fair and educational proposals that would interact with the local community of Tulum. We are anxious to move forward with our plan to see what other types of creative uses the space will inspire.
I think it's become clear to all of us that artists communities are shrinking. Time and again we hear about fellow artists who are getting priced out of their neighborhoods or their cities. The conversation about the way our creative communities are being broken apart is all too common. It is our desire to change that conversation. We aim to build a safe haven for artists of all practices to come and interact with one another. Make art or recharge themselves, the goal is to build a stronger community by having the space to breath.
Once we've built it we hope to include artists, makers, musicians, thinkers, educators, writers and appreciators of art. We know that building a strong creative community together will help us all take that strength back to the communities where we all live.
We are embarking on the process of gathering resources to help to achieve our goals. You will notice a "Participating Artists" page on our site. This introduces the growing list of artists that have chosen to be part of the Casa Urraca community. They are all donating works that can be used to help to raise donations to fund our Casa Urraca Artists Residency. Soon the, "Available Works" page will launch and grow as we receive work from these participating artists. We also have a contributors page. This page lists those individuals that are donating their time and expertise to build Casa Urraca. We are grateful to all involved.
It is going to take a larger community to help us to build this place and we are eager to hear from anyone who would like to offer something to our efforts. Whether by offering advice, expertise, financial or material donation or simply by spreading the word you will become part of the Casa Urraca community and we are excited to see where this all goes and who we meet along the way.