OUR HISTORY


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 2009. Soon, a group of incredibly supportive people joined our mission, and with much love and care, they committed to contribute to social transformation through the arts, forming our Board of Directors.
 
Co-Executive Directors Francisco Guevara and Chris Davis, board members, various artists-in-residence, and extended community
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Arquetopia Foundation original center in Puebla, Mexico
 
From our humble beginnings in our first space, a tiny rental transformed into a masterpiece generously designed by Raymundo Sesma; to our next space, a row house turned into Puebla, Mexico’s first international artist residency, Arquetopia has come a long way to establish itself as an award-winning international foundation.
 
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, Mexico in 2011. Such growth is not only the result of hard work but also the love and generous help of many families and individuals.
 
THEN AND NOW Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency: original, previous, and current center in Puebla, Mexico
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THEN AND NOW Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency: previous and current center in Oaxaca, Mexico
 
Arquetopia has since grown to establish its permanent headquarters in Pueblas downtown historic district, having acquired a spectacular, four-story 1939 Colonial Mexican California-style compound to accommodate our offices, residency space, and numerous production spaces. We have also moved our Oaxaca programs to the mountains of San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca, embracing a more environmentally friendly and sustainable scope of our mission, and reinforcing our commitment to diverse communities.
 
Arquetopias Artist-in-Residence Programs are now the largest and most reputable in Latin America, and among the most respected artist residencies worldwide for the array of programs and contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. Each year, we host between 80 to 100 projects of emerging and mid-career artists, scholars, and researchers from many regions around the world and approximately 60 different countries, and we are honored that many have returned for residencies multiple times.
 
Arquetopia would not have flourished without the energetic and vibrant work of the artists who benefit from our programs, the commitment, hard work and unbreakable spirit of our staff, the love and support of our Board of Directors, and the individual contributions of the many generous people we have encountered in our path over the years.
THEN AND NOW Renovation of Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency: current center in Puebla, Mexico
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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.

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