bron

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an international award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation promoting Development, social transformation and productivity...
pmd

Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers...
 
CCA3 copy

Arquetopia provides structured, scholarship- based classical musical training to talented but marginalized youth in southern Mexico. Students receive continual...
P1080749cp 2

Visit our blog for info on special programs, news updates, our resident artists, past and present projects, special events, funding ideas for your residency...

ABOUT US


Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Mexico and Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists.
 
We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation of Mexico's 3,000-year heritage of visual culture. Since its foundation, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Mexico and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.
 
Arquetopia was officially established and registered as a nonprofit foundation in 2009, with a solid Board of Directors comprised of renowned scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and community members fully committed to social transformation. We are proud to have established through our multiple residency programs a generous and culturally diverse space by hosting every year artists, scholars, and researchers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Our experience has been enriched by the multiplicity of perspectives of our residents coming from many regions around the world and approximately 50 countries.
 
Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.
 
THEN AND NOW Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency: original, previous, and current center in Puebla, Mexico
Timeline copyB
THEN AND NOW Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency: previous and current center in Oaxaca, Mexico  
 
After our founding directors, Mexican visual artist and curator Francisco Guevara and American classical musician Chris Davis, invested their hard work and entire personal savings, our small nonprofit arts foundation was born in the majestic, vibrant and historic city of Puebla in 2009. Having initially functioned as an educational art center for inner-city youth, Arquetopia soon expanded its focus to offer international artist residency programs in under a year and then opened a second residency space in the city of Oaxaca in 2011. Arquetopia has since grown to offer the premier artist residency programs of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in central and southern Mexico. Our Artists-in-Residence have come from dozens of countries on six continents, and we are honored that many have returned for residencies at Arquetopia multiple times.
 
Arquetopia is run entirely by artists and is not funded by government, corporate, or other outside interests. Operating independently on funds from its self-sustaining programs, Arquetopia remains strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or war-industrial/weapon-building entities.
 
 
 
is a way of recognizing the very best local venues that feature on its global platform.
culturetrip1ctripculturetrip2c

Please Donate

Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, Mexican official nonprofit foundation that is strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or war industrial / weapon-building entities. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help us continue to develop our unique arts programs and contribute to positive social change.

vetted 2015 medium

Find Us on Facebook!

instagram1