THE COSTARICARTOLUTION BEGINS!


YORKIN, TALAMANCA, C.R., BRIBRI TRIBE

BRIBRI COMMUNITY IN INDIGENOUS YORKIN

THE ADVENTURES OF ARTDUDE AND DOCUMAN

THIS IS THE PHOTOGRAPHIC STORY OF THE FIRST CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY MURAL IN COSTA RICA. IT WAS IN YORKIN, A SMALL REMOTE INDIGENOUS BRIBRI COMMUNITY THAT TAKES AN HOUR AND A HALF BY CANOE TO FIND. AND SO THE COSTARICARTOLUTION  BEGINS!

Project Title:

La Artdude Música Mural Tour Para Niños de Costa Rica: The Artdude Children’s Music Mural Tour of Costa Rica

Project Description:

-Purpose-
The fundamental basis of this project is the empowerment of children through community-based public art making.

-Process-
The focus of this tour will be traveling across Costa Rica making percussive music and canvas murals in locations throughout the country. This is inspired by my Rhode Island School of Design Senior thesis project called “The Artdude Project”; created in response the submitted US Government Fulbright Grant proposal “The Ghanartolution Children’s Mural Tour. ”  The Children’s Music-Mural Tour of Costa Rica  will consist of my travels through Costa Rica throughout 2 months, painting canvas murals with children of all ages in 8 different kinds of communities. These communities will consist of four different indigineous communities, a Carribean community, an Orphanage/ Wild animal Rescue center, A Jewish community and ending in an exhibition at El Museo De Ninos; The National Children’s Museum.

All of these contacts were set up by Alex Arias, REI Guide and Travel Planner.  I have met with the Director of the Museum, Sebastian Mello Salaberry and will start in San Jose and travel to the Southernmost region of the country. I will start by working with the BriBri tribe, move up the country to Cahuita, Then to the Caveca Tribe, moving on to the Maleku Tribe, Then to the Arenal Wild Animal rescue Center/ Orphanage, then we will move south to the Guaymi tribe and end back in San Jose with the Jewish community.  Two canvas murals will be made each week, and thus in 1 month, eight murals will be produced. A final Children’s Mural Exhibition will conclude the trip through an ending exhibition at El Museo de Ninos, The national Children’s Museum. Children — all around San Jose will be invited to come paint on e final collaborative mural outside the Museum. The mural will be worked on for three days. The exhibition will consist of photography of the murals, footage of the different communities of children painting the murals, and sound-painting recordings of the children playing THE ARTDUDE percussion armor.

I will be traveling with my cousin, Robert Block who will be the acting cinematographer, and filming/documenting/recording the entire experience. We will be using appropriate modes of transportation to transport — town to town. All involved in this project will be able to be kept up to date through www.maxlevifrieder.com. The primary RISD sponsor of this initiative is Professor Bolaji Campbell.  I have recently completed a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign where 4114 dollars were donated by 63 backers. This is the money that will be funding this whole trip .

Costa Rica is an extremely special nation. Because of the non-militarized democratic government, the arts have been allowed and encouraged to flourish in all definitions of the word “arts”. This ranges — painting and crafts to music. Costa Rica has difficulties like many other nations, but they have a strong foundation to support this movement for children’s art.

THE ARTDUDE is an artsuit of percussion armor and a hand sewn wearable art supply carrier. It was built to perform at spoken-word poetry competitions, Rap Battles, music performances, Children’s percussion and Mural making workshops, and classes of all ages.  The primary potential of this project lies in the  the substantial waves throughout the internacional community this could make, largely through www.maxlevifrieder.com.

Especially,  outside of the confines of the Art School context. The art historical contextualization of this piece will also allow the analysis of this project to have an informed foundation while gaining experiential knowledge through direct contact with the real world of participatory collaborative art making.

This project has the capability to bring smiles and learning to Costa Rican youth across the country. It also has the potential to affect a huge number of lives through the Internet, the actual murals, and the relationship between the two different mediums. This project allows for informed excitement to fuel planned spontaneous creation. The primary gain — this project is the experience it will give me before I go to Ghana to do the same kind of a project for a full year. I already have the experience of executing The New Zealand Children’s Art House Mural Tour, where 10 murals were painted across the country, culminating in a final exhibition in the Nations Children’s Art Capital, Capital E!, which has been successful and is now moving to The National Museum of NZ. This project has a strong relationship to the Ghanartolution Children’s Mural Tour largely due to the cultural/socio-political similarities that are shared Between Costa Rica and Ghana, which will be explored throughout the trip.

Schedule and Manner of Works to be produced:

A full length mural tour documentary, an 8 minute condensed film, photography of 8 Children’s canvas murals and their processes, an established Kickstarter initiative, an album recorded by all the participating children in the project and mixed professionally at RISD by Sound mixer, Sam Andrus; “The Sound Painter.” A concluding 10 -20 page analysis paper will conclude and wrap up the class. This will be shared with the following community through www.maxlevifrieder.com.  The intentional focus will be on the impact on the children, their communities and the potential of this process for other cultures and communities in the future.