Art Integrates Life in Akumal

On Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, I documented the Akumal Arts Festival as a model of Creative Placemaking, which positions artists in the roles of civic leaders, culture bearers, and change makers. Inspired mural artists from around the world came to paint the town and foster new economic, educational, and social opportunities for the residents, breathing new life into a place described as ‘the forgotten pueblo.’ 

The Canyon Chronicle published my story with photographs in the Spotlight section. ~ KgZ

“None of us are perfect, but all over the place in every community and field of endeavor, there are people who are working generatively with the challenges before us; meeting them, rising to their best human capacities — at least on their good days — and creating new possibilities and realities. They’re not publicized, they’re not investigated, but that landscape is as real and important as that landscape of everything we can point out as failing and corrupt and catastrophic. “

~ Krista Tippett
journalist, author, and entrepreneur