Connect to Nature. Immerse in Culture. Cultivate Creativity.
We are a non-profit organization that uses the power of art to impact lives and generate awareness and cultural exchange.
By uniting art and nature as creative inspiration, our project generates dynamic ideas around the fundamental values of sustainability, community, and well-being.
The foundation La Sierra Artist Residency believes in the power of art to improve and transform lives by three main focal points:
- Environmental Education
- Empowerment of Communities
- Recuperation of Ancestral Arts
We are dedicated to facilitate experiences that connect artists with local residents to collaborate, exchange ideas, and engage in dialogue. We encourage artists who apply to La Sierra to propose collaborative projects, workshops and any activities to engage local school groups, artisans, cooperatives from our neighboring communities of Buritaca, Puerto Nuevo and Guachaca towns in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region. We will facilitate community projects in any artistic discipline, including lectures, workshops, performances, public murals and more.
In collaboration with artists from all over the world, we create artistic murals with transformative messages. These murals serve their communities as constant reminders of the area’s local beauty, traditions, and overall value in the world. At the same time, we are inspiring a shift towards an environmentally conscious culture. This generates awareness of our precious, natural surroundings, and encourages locals to care and protect them. These murals serve to educate these communities, while beautifying the facades of the towns, and provide a sense of belonging for the locals. This project seeks to impact different places in the villages of Buritaca, Puerto, Nuevo, and Guachaca, with potential impact on more villages around the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
ECO COLORING BOOK: “Cuidando el Corazón del Mundo”
As part of our Environmental Education Programming, we are excited to present the first edition of our Eco-Book series "Corazón del Mundo," an ecological coloring book about environment sustainability and indigenous culture in the Sierra Nevada region. This coloring book project provides children, teenagers, young adults, and teachers, an educational & graphic tool to learn about their surroundings and how to care for the environment. These books will be given away for free to thousands of students from the villages of Buritaca, Puerto Nuevo, Guachaca, Mendihuaca, Orinoco and others. In a creative way, this coloring book brings together the illustrative works of four international artists, with environmental messages such as water conservation, reforestation, recycling waste management, and pays homage to our ancestral communities and roots. This coloring book, with its unique format, has the power to impact lives not only in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta but throughout Colombia and the world.
Drawings and Illustrations by: Marlon Preuss (Estados Unidos), Isabel Peterhans (Suiza), Ana Maria Velasco (Colombia), Janni Benavides (Colombia)
We Need Your Support!
La Sierra Artist Residency is a new non-profit initiative whose art program requires support through public and private donors.
In additional to financial donations, we sincerely encourage our supporters to send any of the following materials (new or used) through our Miami-based mail carrier to be used in conjunction with Residency programming and educational initiatives:
Community Wish List -
You can bring these items with you on your visit, and we will take you to the schools to personally donate them!
• Musical instruments
• Art/school supplies
• Sports equipment
• Electronics and audio-visual equipment
Please contact us if you are interested in donating today.