Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-09-17 07:00:00 –
Oklahoma City (Free press) — As part of Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month, an art exhibition in Maya and Guatemala is on display at the Oklahoma History Center near the State Capitol on 23rd Street.
The collection is offered by the Guatemalan Society, the Guatemalan Consulate, the Oklahoma History Center and CONAM (Comité Nacional Pro-becas Mayas de Guatemala) as an effort to showcase the art of the locals of Guatemala around San Pedro La Laguna Solara. Lake Atitlan in Solola Department, Guatemala.
The collection highlights 30 oil paintings depicting the traditions and customs of the present and ancestors of Maya and Guatemala, landscapes, their geography, Maya masks and calendars, faces and dresses.
The region’s proximity to volcanoes and water is portrayed in the work of six native artists, along with the richness of local agriculture.
CONAM has been promoting local culture, history and economy abroad for over 20 years.
Julio Cesar Batz has been an indigenous people of Guatemala and representative of CONAM since 2018. He travels with his collections, shares information about paintings, and fosters connections between the San Pedro La Laguna community and other cities and communities outside Guatemala.
“We have two purposes: the first is to promote our country as a producer of culture, arts and crafts, and the second and most important is to support the youth of Guatemala,” Butts said. Told the free press.
CONAM has two missions. Meanwhile, the organization wants to open markets for local commodities, including arts, honey, crafts, fabrics, coffee and other regional commodities, with countries that already have free trade agreements with Guatemala. increase.
Prior to Oklahoma, San Pedro La Laguna had connections in Ontario and California. They are investigating a probably open relationship between South America and Europe. According to Butts, the organization is authorized to export.
Meanwhile, the organization is using the proceeds from the purchase of art to help underprivileged Guatemalan children. All profits from art sales go to the artists themselves and help young people in the area.
CONAM is also looking for sponsors who are willing to help children in the San Pedro La Laguna community.
“Currently our main mission is to find international support to help underprivileged children. The idea is to combat malnutrition, extreme poverty, illiteracy, and lack of access to resources. From donating clothes to sponsoring children, we brought pictures of children in need of sponsorship, ”says Butts.
As part of the project, sponsors visit Guatemala and hold annual tours to see if they have a direct impact on the lives of young people in Guatemala.
“Our mission is social rather than economic,” Butts said.
Malta Sargado is from Guatemala and has lived in Oklahoma for the past 14 years. She exhibited her crafts alongside the main exhibit and donated half of the sales of the small business Artesanias MV (Virtuous Women Crafts) to help Guatemalans in both San Pedro La Laguna and Oklahoma City. increase. ..
“For the cultural history of Oklahoma, it is important for the city and state to exhibit collections such as the Maya and Guatemalan art exhibitions,” said Cindy Lou Daniels, event manager at the Oklahoma History Center. increase.
She also said that it is important to learn where we come from and where we go, which helps community members become better citizens.
According to Daniels, the Oklahoma History Center has a multicultural office that works with the education department to expand the program on Oklahoma’s history and make it available in public.
The Ministry of Education will offer a virtual tour of the exhibition on Thursday, September 17, and the video will be available for those who cannot attend the live.
To sign up for a virtual tour and access information about video visits https://www.okhistory.org/..
The exhibition will be open to the public until Saturday, September 18th. On that day, the Oklahoma Historical Center will host Guatemala’s 200th Anniversary Independence Celebration, purchasing food from Polo Campero and offering multiple dance performances. The History Center also has free admission to the rest of the museum as part of the Smithsonian Museum Magazine Day on Saturday.
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