The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located on Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico, where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!
MISSION: Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing affordable live/work spaces in a beautiful and culturally rich area, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.
CRITERIA: National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to plan a personal residency. Two of our live/work spaces can accommodate couples or two-person collaborative teams.
PERSONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM: We offer 4 live/work spaces for 1 – 6 months. You do not have to apply through CAFE, just check our website for descriptions and pictures of the spaces and available dates http://360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-rentals/. This is a perfect opportunity to finish a manuscript, prepare for a show, collect your thoughts, or plan your next body of work. Read of some of the interviews with creatives who have come to Chapala for a personal residency.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (in English or Spanish) and let us know what month(s) you want to come and we will start the reservation process. We take reservations on a first-come first-serve basis and we are usually booking 4 – 6 months in advance. Plan ahead if you want to come in the winter!
LIVE WORK SPACES: Each space has a private entrance, fully-equipped kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom. Your residency also includes free wi-fi, all utilities, laundry on the premises, weekly maid service and a 22-page Residency Handbook. See pictures and descriptions on our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-overview/.
STUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: Our spaces are geared towards writers and visual artists. We provide work tables and wall space for visual artists, pinable walls for fiber artists, desks and free wi-fi for writers. There is a professional easel for painters. Our Lopez Casita has a Cress sample kiln for ceramic artists, which can fire up to cone 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces. There is a 33” floor loom in our Middle Casita for weavers. Lopez and Middle Casitas are larger and more comfortable for couples or 2-person collaborative teams.
GUEST CHEF PROGRAM: Some months, we offer a Guest Chef. Resident artists will have the option to pay an additional fee ($150/person) in order to be able to eat communally five evenings a week at the main residency house and enjoy gourmet meals (and leftovers!) prepared by our Resident Culinary Artist, who will consider your special dietary restrictions. If you know someone who would like to apply for this seasonal position, have them write to us at email@example.com
COSTS: You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. It is easy and safe to take either an Uber for $200 pesos or an airport taxi which costs $400 pesos to Chapala. Download driving directions from our Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal (join us too!). You will also need to pay for your local transportation, entertainment, gifts and food shopping. International calls can be made via skype or by getting a local cell plan from ATT or Sprint. Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $20/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $3 – 10 US.
ROLLING DEADLINE: We accept letters of inquiry throughout the year for our personal residency program and reserve spaces on a first-come first-serve basis. You may also write to us in either English or Spanish at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAILING LIST: To add your name, please click on the box at the top right of our webpage: www.360xochiquetzal.com We send out occasional newsletters featuring interviews with our visiting resident artists and profiles of local Mexican and ex-pat artists.
WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. This is a small town with a population of 22,000. You will hear horses trotting along the cobblestone boulevard in the morning on their way to the stables. Cowboys ride by using their cell phones. Birdsong accompanies you throughout the day. In the winter, thousands of white pelicans entertain us on the lake. Trees blaze with psychedelic color year round. The mountains turn green during our 4 month rainy season (June – Sept). Vendors pass by during the day hawking fresh strawberries, bottled water, and ice cream.Read more about Chapala on our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/the-magic-of-lake-chapala/
FUN: All live/work spaces are walking distance to a park with a running track, pool, tennis courts and walking trails. We are also 5 minutes from the malecon, a park-like promenade that runs along the lake for a mile. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of mountains and you will enjoy spectacular sunsets almost every night. The weather is sunny 300 days a year with average daytime temperatures in the 70s. Other nearby activities include hiking, dancing and thermal springs.
COMMUNITY: Chapala and nearby Ajijic have dozens of cafes, galleries, cultural centers, art openings, and hundreds of artists to connect or study with. Everything you need is within walking distance and our bus service is frequent and inexpensive. This is a safe place to live and work and the residency houses are secure.
MISC: Although speaking a little Spanish will make your time here more culturally integrated, you do not need to speak the language to get what you need. You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores, restaurants and buses.
HOUSE RULES: Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking, drugs and firearms are expressly prohibited.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER: Since 2012, Deborah Kruger has been the founder and chief administrator of 360 Xochi Quetzal. She iis also a mixed media artist who exhibits internationally. Her work in mixed fibers and screen printing is in private collections throughout North America. View her work at www.deborahkruger.com or follow her on Instagram @deborahkrugerstudio or Facebook at @deborahkrugerartist
NON-DISCRIMINATION: 360 Xochi Quetzal encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
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