Cuantoma Artists Residency Program


Table of Contents
1.-Introduction and Overview of the Cuantoma Residency . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2.-Residency Vision and Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.-Theme of the Residency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4.-General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.-Logistics during the Residency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6.- Glossary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.-Introduction and Overview

In 2015, Inner City Times of New York entered into a partnership with the performing arts company, A l a r i e t e from Guadalajara, to design and create initiatives on an international level that will make a significant impact on art, ecology and education in Mexico. The MediTapalpa Cultural Center was built by the cultural managers and artists team of the A l a r i e t e Performing Arts Company, and by choosing the name of the legendary local warrior Cuantoma, a residence was built in the magic town of Tapalpa, Jalisco to reflect the values of local culture.
MediTapalpa is dedicated to strengthening arts education in the local region of Jalisco through quality programs, strong partnerships and vigorous advocacy efforts to put art into the life of the local community. As part of that effort, the Cuantoma Artist Residency Program (CARP) works to bring the highest quality professional artists into the magic town of Tapalpa, in Mexico as well as other community organizations across the region of Jalisco.
CARP challenges the artist by putting her or him into cabin located within the wild and sweet forest of La Sierra del Tigre, in Tapalpa, to generate a perfect atmosphere for creating new work pieces during the residency. The program emphasizes in-depth involvement in the arts with the wild and the community, and focuses on the creative process of making new art pieces. The presence of professional artists in the communities is a catalyst for learning and fosters greater awareness of the role of the artist and the arts in our society.
During the CARP residency, participants come to understand the wild forest experience, insights and cultural traditions of Mexico and the unique vision of this majestic town of Tapalpa.

2.-Residency goals and objectives.
The Cuantoma Artistic residencies program of the MediTapalpa Cultural Center, are intended to generate culture in Mexico as an oxygen tank between the violence, poverty and lack of education, through our platform. Our cultural center is located 9 km from the urban area of the town, in a cabin locked away in a holly oaks forest of La Sierra del Tigre, in Tapalpa, Mexico. We believe that the experience of living and creating in a platform where art and nature coexist in a common agreement could generate an organic and sincere quality of work and will allow for a cleaner exchange, collaboration, production and presentation of art pieces between the artists.

Pointing to a line of collaborative work, The MediTapalpa Cultural Center, seeks to partner with other organizations and projects with common goals, this time the CARP is a project in partnership with the ONG platform Circulo de Libertad Creativa A.C. as well as the Inner City Times initiative of New York.

3.- Theme of the Residence
The residence is open for painters, writers and sculptors, drawing, photography, filmmakers, performers, interdisciplinary artists, social practice and architecture. Our only requirement is that the work created during the residency should be conceived to rethink the existing formats of social architecture and its relationship to the cosmos. By social architecture we mean from urban planning to religion, from public transportation to politics and culture of a time in the history of human kind; by cosmos we refer to the biosphere of this and other planets.

4.- General Information.
Brief description of our organization

MediTapalpa is a family effort that was founded in 2007 in order to serve as a family retreat, with the passage of the time we have created a new Cultural platform in Jalisco where nature, health and art come together in harmony and mutual agreement to disseminate and promote art courses and residencies, health sciences, coaching workshops, social and spiritual retreats.
MediTapalpa is located within the Sierra del Tigre, in Pinares, Tapalpa. The cabin was built in an area of 1,600 m2, designed by our friend and architect Juan Manuel González Magallón, who conceived it as a space where nature, comfort and technology live together in harmony.


-Be more than 21 years old.
-Be willing to learn and to communicate in Spanish.
-Create new pieces or do new research work on Social Architecture.
-You must have interest in Mexican culture and collaborate with other resident artists.
-Special interest in artistic intervention in public spaces and performances in a wild and natural environment.


To be considered as a candidate you must submit your portfolio in .pdf format to the following email:

The .pdf must contain the following information:

1- Motivation letter to participate in the residence.
2- Three pages where the candidate exposes the project to develop during the residency.
3- CV and brief résumé about personal, professional and artistic experience. (3 pages max.)
4- Three images, videos and articles from previous works (include links or files separately.)

Priority will be given to projects that:

-Challenge the existing formats of social architecture and its relationship to the cosmos.
-Reflect on the political situation in Mexico and other governments in the world.
-Propose the interaction of work and the participation of the public towards the natural areas that surround the Center, such as forests, lakes, waterfalls, etc., as well as in the use of the public square of the town of Tapalpa, Jalisco.
-Research deeper methods of collaboration with other artistic and non-artistic disciplines.

-From July to April of every year.


-The cultural center is located inside of an eco-friendly neighborhood nestled in a forest of holly oaks in the magic town of Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico.
-Shared rooms or private room.
-Shared bath and kitchen.
-A large terrace in the open air space within the forest.
-Common area and workshop studio space.
-Exhibition within the forest space or in the plaza of the town.


-Stay of 1 to 3 months: 800 USD per month
-Stay of 4 to 6 months: 600 USD per month

Scholarships are available through our barter system (for more information ask us by email).

Residences include:

• Gas, electricity and drinking water.
• Maintenance of the garden area, provision of water through pipes.
• Private bedroom or shared rooms, learn more by email.
• Couples and children are completely allowed.
• Five chef-prepared meals per week
• Access to vehicles on-site

• Basic woodshop, audio/video equipment, artists’ library with computer, scanner, and printer studio space, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available.
• Wi-Fi in designated spaces
• Up to 12 Artists in Residence living on-site
• Participation in monthly “Theme Show.
• Participation in seasonal Open House
• Access to MediTapalpa Public Events
• Field trips to the magic town of Tapalpa, historic and geologic sites, galleries, and cultural venues near the area.
• Become part of MediTapalpa Network

Artists selected for the CARP program are at all stages in their careers and work in all disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, poetry, performance, interdisciplinary, social practice and architecture.

MediTapalpa seeks to become part of a dynamic community of artists, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships in Asia, the Americas and Europe.


MediTapalpa offers, in addition to the letter of invitation, individual counseling to help interested artists apply to funds, scholarships and funding in your country, transfers from and to the airports of Guadalajara, 50% of the presentations collection (the other 50% will go to the Mexican artist who will share the night).

5.-Logistics during the residency.

In order to facilitate the mutual knowledge both of the different artistic practices and research of each resident as of the reality of the local context of Mexico, during the first week of residence, MediTapalpa organizes a series of tours to local towns so artists in residence may have greater tools for the creation of their work. Depending on the needs of each artist, the organizers of the CARP program will facilitate the interaction between artists and researchers, and the different associations and cultural institutions. MediTapalpa also organizes a series of cultural visits to local and national organizations as well as to different centers of artistic production and galleries in the State of Jalisco. These activities can be accompanied by guided tours and informal meetings with different curators and cultural agents from Tapalpa, Jalisco.

The residence also promotes the participation of artists and researchers in workshops, local festivals and other events of interest. At the end of each residence, MediTapalpa organizes a public presentation of the work that artists and researchers have developed during their stay in the Center. These presentations are public and can have the format of open workshops or exhibitions, indoors, outdoors, or in the town of Tapalpa. Depending on the circumstances of each artist’s work, the final result may be conducted in a cultural space of the region or even in the city of Guadalajara, which is 1 hour and a half from the Center.

Work for the community.
Outside of the allotted time we ask artists to collaborate with students, educators, and the local community; in addition, the artist is encouraged to engage in his or her own artistic work in a studio setting on site. This allows students and teachers from Tapalpa the occasional access to the artists’ work and process. At the end of each residence, MediTapalpa proposes to conduct a video interview to each resident. These interviews are part of an archive of research on artistic mobility of the Cuantoma Artist Residency Program.

CARP residence is open to all kinds of artistic practices, circus artists, performing artists, painting, ceramics, glass, engraving, video, photography, writing, music or cultural research.

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This project would not have been possible without the support of the platform for Hispanic artists in New York, Inner City Times.

Artist Directory
List of all artists involved in the Tlapalli Pan Cuantoma Artists Residency Program, produced annually and made available to organizations internationally.
Artist Payment Invoice
A payment form produced by MediTapalpa Cultural Center’s office and sent to the artists six to eight weeks before the start of a residency. This form should be submitted within a week of receipt to ensure prompt payment upon completion of the residency.
Artist-Staff Workshop
A professional development opportunity for teachers and administrators to gain hands-on experience working with artists, to better understand an art discipline and residency artists’ work. This is not an essential component of all residencies.
Artist Studio Space
A space provided by the residency sponsor for an artist’s studio time. This space is appropriate to each artist’s discipline and made reasonably accessible to residency artists during their stay.
Artist Studio Time
This is the time allotted daily for an artist in residence to make their own work. This time may be open so participants can observe the development of the artist’s work.
Artist in Residence Committee
Group of six to eight individuals, including site’s principal, administrator, producers, advertising agents, arts specialists, teachers, staff, and other interested community representatives, responsible for planning the residency, writing the application and implementing a residency. It is recommended that our organization plans the Tlapani Pan Cuantoma residency form this committee.
Contact Session
This is a meeting of approximately one hour between the artist(s) and a group or class.
Creative Writing
Language can be music and it can be pictures. Poets, fiction, nonfiction writers and playwrights demonstrate the elements of language and the ways that feelings, stories and ideas can be captured in words. Writing allows participants to hear and express their own voices and to become meticulous observers and listeners.
Design Arts
Architecture, landscape architecture and graphic design provide opportunities to explore and understand natural and man-made environments. Artists in these disciplines use history, science, mathematics, art and sociology. Collaboration is important as design artists translate creative ideas into practical solutions that reflect personal and community aesthetics and values.
Host Site
It is a non-profit school or community organization hosting a residency.
In-Kind Services
These are services that are donated and not paid for by the applying organization. They can be volunteer time by a professional, office space, facilities or equipment rental.
Interdisciplinary Art
Interdisciplinary art explores and integrates more than one art form. Artists from different disciplines collaborate to develop an experience that dissolves the boundaries that separate them. New work is created that integrates the forms, opening new avenues for communication and expression.
Media Arts
Media artists use animation, documentation, fiction and experimental means to tell stories. This discipline includes sound, pictures, color, movement, performance, music, writing and design. Creating through media empowers people, giving them tools to view and think critically. Turning a life or a community into a film, video or audio project can celebrate and preserve a story.
Multi-Disciplinary Residency
It is a residency that equally integrates two or more artistic areas and involves two or more artists collaborating to create new work with residency participants.
Peripheral Group
A group of eight to 25 teachers, staff, students, parents and other community members who meet with the artist several times during a residency. The peripheral groups may be classes or other groups of students that meet with the artist for workshops, demonstrations, and/or lectures about the art form.

Peripheral Sites
These are locations other than the primary site of our cultural center where aspects of the residency will take place. These are only appropriate in longer residencies.
Planning Session
A three-hour meeting scheduled four to six weeks before the residency begins with the artist, site coordinator, administrator and producers to plan the residency.
Primary Site
It is the location where the artist will be based throughout the residency. (MediTapalpa Cultural Center, located in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico).
Professional Artists
People who devote a major part of their time to creating, producing and performing any of the arts.

A set period of time, ranging from two weeks to nine months, during which an artist lives and works in a community. A residency usually includes performances, readings or exhibits as well as workshops, lectures, and demonstrations.
Residency Schedule
A schedule of the artist’s time during a residency. This includes core group and peripheral group contacts, presentations or sharing, teacher workshops, community presentations and artist studio time.
Residency Site
The location where residencies occur.
Site Coordinator Team
The artist’s liaison to the host site, students and community; this role is generally filled by a teacher, department head or vice-principal or administrator of the committee, and they are responsible for the duties outlined in Appendix A.
Technical Assistance
Advice or information given to applicants to help them through the grant application writing and residency planning process.

Actors, directors, mimes and puppeteers interpret and create through theatre games, role-playing and performances. Expression is encouraged and skills are enhanced through movement, design, public speaking and cooperative learning.
Folk Arts
The folk arts are characterized by historic, stylistic, ethnic, community or family-based connections. Artists are accomplished practitioners of their crafts and noted interpreters of their traditions. It is important that these artists be recognized first for what they bring to their art and second for the traditions they represent. Traditional arts continue to evolve, firmly rooted in the past, but shaped by the conscience of their times.
Visual Arts
The visual arts explore painting, printmaking, bookmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and installation projects. Artists bring their personal visions and technical knowledge to residencies. Artists expand the definitions of their disciplines, pushing their work beyond traditional expectations.