Community Arts Residence and Cultural Exchange Colombia’s Coffee Zone

Building Communities of Peace through Arts & Creativity

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78E1C01A-D2DE-439F-8D5B-0B796DD9238DCohort 1 :  Artists from Colombia and Colombia  October 23- November 1, 2019 


We invite you to join a community of change makers and peace builders. 


We invite you to join us for our Community Arts Residence  and Cultural Exchange 2021  in  Colombia’s Coffee Zone. (October 21 to November 11 2021).

This Residency and Cultural Exchange is a timely opportunity to bring artists who are interested and have experience in working and engaging communities together to learn from local artists, communities and from each other. We have chosen the theme “Building Communities of Peace” in response to the increasing social and political challenges across the planet. How can we best prepare arts programming that serves the specific communities we work with How can we properly create collective voice? What do we need to learn from communities dealing with socio-economical challenges? How do we keep ourselves well and balanced as we serve vulnerable communities?. 

We also believe that we need to have space for each individual artist to explore their discipline and connect with important local contacts to explore collaboration and to continue bringing Canadian artists and work  and present their art in Colombia. 

The Community Arts Residence and Cultural Exchange  will be an opportunity to expand a network of artists committed to social change and social justice, artists willing to their talents and skills to the building of strong communities of peace. 


Over  ten days Community Arts Residence (Oct 23 to Nov 1)  we’ll imagine new possibilities for ourselves and our communities, enrich our facilitation skills and will work with communities every single day. We’ll work with local artists and communities in the creation and delivery of workshops. We will explore how we can share creativity to contribute to community building and social change. You can expect this ten-day residence to be creative, playful, renewing, challenging, and unique. This is an intensive work. Based on previous experience. Artists participating will work with over 400 community members , in 12 community and art-based engagement events. We work an average of 12 hours a day.  There will be a diverse and packed program of plenary sessions, participatory arts- based workshops, community arts program creation and delivery , artists skill exchange, social activities, and creative community building throughout. 


During the 10 days of Cultural Exchange (Nov 2 to Nov 11) artists develop new and lasting collaborations. Artists travelling from Canada are asked to bring their portfolio, sample materials and any information that can help them to thoroughly explain their work and explore collaborations, exhibition, performing or presentation opportunities.  This aspect of our travel will take place in Quimbaya and other cities of the Providence of Quindio as well as in Medellin Antioquia Colombia.  (This area is called Coffee Zone) 

Event Component Dates Comments
10-day Community Arts Residence in Quimbaya Quindio and nearby towns.  Travelling Oct 21-22 , 2021

Residence starts Oct 23 to Nov 1

Transportation to and from the residence will be by air. Local transportation by Jeep or chiva
10-day Cultural Exchange in Armenia Quindio  and  Medellin Antioquia  and nearby cities Nov 2 to Nov 11, 2021

Travelling to Medellin on November 1-2, 2021

Travelling to Canada Nov 11-12 2021 

Local transportation is by regular transit (taxi or bus)  Interpreters are provided during one-one meetings. 

The Setting 

Colombia’s Coffee Region, also known as the Coffee Triangle (Spanish: Triángulo del Café) a rural area of Colombia, It is famous for growing and producing majority of Colombian coffee. Quimbaya is located at one of the most beautiful landscapes of Latin America and Medellin is the most develop City of Colombia.

The Residence :

Quimbaya is a small town in the Department of Quindio, the smallest Province of Colombia.  10 artists traveling from Canada will stay at a rural house, just 7 minutes away from Quimbaya. All instructional gatherings will happen at the Artists’ Residence.  Artists skill exchange , as well as artists talks, performances and workshops will happen at urban and rural communities of Quimbaya.



Cultural Exchange in El Quindio, a Province of 12 municipalities, is located at the Coffee Cultural Landscape a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia/ UNESCO) . Artists will have the opportunity to visit most of the town of this Province. We hope this site will be inspiring! and remind us of the profound power and resilience of our planet, and the responsibilities and possibilities of our species. Artist will meet with local organizations and cultural producer in the different towns of Quindio as well as in Quindio’s Capital City , Armenia.

Cultural Exchange in Medellin Antioquia is the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Modern metrocables link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown’s Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist’s work.


Our Local Partners 

We are running this year’s Community Arts Residence and Cultural Exchange  in collaboration with our local partners Carteros de la Noche Foundation in Quimbaya Quindio and ExperienciArte  in Medellin Antioquia.



Fundacion Carteros de la Noche (Carteros de la Noche Foundation) is Community Arts and Cultural Centre located in Quimbaya Quindio Colombia. Carteros de la Noche delivers arts and cultural programs in the most vulnerable areas of the City of Quimbaya. Born in the 90’s, this was an initiative of young poets and story tellers who would anonymously delivery poems in form of letters to the town residents, causing curiosity among their receivers, hence, the name “Mailmen of the Night” (Carteros de La Noche).

What started as an artistic action, short after became an association of friends with different artistic interests, hopping to work together to delivery the artistic ideas.  As the years passed, Carteros de la Noche, established strong collaborations with other art and non-arts organizations in the region and in the country. They became very knowledgeable in accessing resources from the Colombian Ministry of Cultural to support most of their community based programming. From projects such as radio art, music, puppet creation to literary creation, rock school and building Colombia’s social fabric, peace and reconciliation, Carteros de la Noche became the go to centre in Quimbaya Quindio.

Their growth is the result of many years of discipline and hard work. In 2013 they opened a permanent centre for the arts, where in addition to gallery space, they also have auditorium and run multiple community arts programs.

Projects such as Tumbaga: The gathering of the Quimbaya Memory (Quimbaya is the name of an indigenous tribe) this festival explores our indigenous and afro origins. It promotes decolonization and celebrates diversity. Conjuro a literary and arts magazine that promotes the work of young and emerging artists, Carteros de la Noche has created permanent and self-sustainable programming that contributes to the creation and strengthen of their community.

To read more about this fantastic organization , click   Carteros de la Noche (Article in Spanish)


ExperienciArte Corporation – Juvenile Animation School , is an organization that has been working with vulnerable communities in the city of Medellin since 2000, whose social and political commitment is focused on developing solidarity and community actions for training, social promotion, sociocultural animation and cultural management for coexistence and peace in the territories. In that sense we have been developing activities in territory that propose art and culture as acts to change the world, therefore, our actions seek to generate spaces to reflect the role of art and culture in the construction of peace and coexistence, where the Culture is the excuse to meet the other and start together to weave a new country, so, theatre, music, visual art, dance, poetry, performance and symbolic acts of memory, become tools fundamental when it comes to resistance to war and violence in the territories, hence the importance of building scenarios to recreate possibilities. ExperienciArte Corporation – Juvenile Animation School is our Local Partner for the 10-day intensive Community Arts Residence and the Cultural Exchange taking place in Quindio Colombia.

The Cost 

We are committed to make our initiatives affordable to participants and make every effort to reduce cost and break barriers that prevent artists from accessing this opportunities. We are currently seeking funding to help artists access this opportunity.

This arts residence is valued in CAN$5500 per participant. In this occasion and for the purpose of this Community Arts Residence and Cultural Exchange, each artist is expected to pay   CAN $4000 for the entire 20-day experience , which will cover the cost of transportation from Canada to Colombia and to the Regions where the residence and the cultural exchange  takes place.

We also understand that time and financial responsibilities could prevent interested artists and change makers from attending the entire event. Below,  a breakdown of events and costs , in case you would like to explore attending part of this experience.

Event Component Artist Expected to Pay Comments
10-day Community Arts Residence

Value: $3800


Includes Transportation , Residence Fee and Accommodation and all living expenses for 10 days.

Artist will travel to Colombia on Oct 21 or Oct 22

Returning toToronto Nov 1-2, 2020

10-day Cultural Exchange in Armenia Quindio and Medellin Antioquia

Value: $3800


Includes airplane ticket  , local Transportation ,  Cultural Exchange Fee , Accommodation and all living expenses for 9 days and interpreter.

Artist will travel to Colombia on November 1-2 2021 
20-day Community Arts Residence and Cultural Exchange

Value: $5500


Includes airplane ticket  , local Transportation ,  Cultural Exchange Fee , Accommodation and all living expenses for 9 days and interpreter.

Artist will travel to Colombia on Oct 21 or Oct 22

Returning toToronto Nov 11- 12, 2021

*Artists are expected to pay for their own medical insurance.

Please note that this price is only for artists traveling from Toronto Ontario during the specific residence.  Artists exploring to attend individual or group residences at this location need to connect with us as cost would change. 

We work hard to make our Arts Residencies accessible and affordable to interested and qualified artists. We offer subsidies, depending in resources availability.  If you would like to contribute to make this experience possible to emerging artists, please consider supporting us.

Our Sponsors 

We are currently seeking sponsors interested in being socially responsible and wanting to contribute to our initiatives.


Contact , we wil make it happen. 

More info … 

If you are an artist in Canada and would like to learn more about this residence or you would like to apply, please contact us at          

If you are an artist anywhere in the world and would like to join us in Colombia for this Community Arts Residence,  contact us

Si eres un artista en Colombia o en America Latina (Particularmente de la Zona Cafetera) y quieres hacer parte de esta experiencia, escribenos a

Events done in collaboration with partner organizations in Colombia, Mexico and Kenia  during 2020

La Equidad de Genero en el Centro de los Derechos Humanos: Conversatorio y Acción Artistica coordinado por la  Fundación Poderosas  de la Ciudad de Medellin Colombia en collaboracion con LasVanders de la Ciudad de Mexico DF Mexico , Experienciarte de Medellin Colombia y MUSE Arts   Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos
Community Arts & Cultural Exchange in Latin America and The Caribbean

Stories of Peace through the Arts  Join artists and arts organizations with experience working in Kenia, Syria, Lebanon and Colombia in a conversation about Peace and Community building , where the arts and communities converge to explore non-violent ways to solve conflict, reconciliation and peace making. This event is live-streamed in Youtube via OBS, Facebook via Zoom . This event is in Spanish , English and LSC (Colombian Sign Language)

Memories of our 2019 Community Arts Residence: 

Sports yard at school in El Laurel, north side of Vereda El Laurel-Santana
Sports yard at school in El Laurel, north side of Vereda El Laurel-Santana [4.581936, -75.798286]
Via A Panaca, 3 km W beyond end of Quimbaya-Panaca (or 1.5 km W of Quimbaya-Puerto Alejandria T-intersection) [4.621767, -75.794980]
Via A Panaca, 3 km W beyond end of Quimbaya-Panaca (or 1.5 km W of Quimbaya-Puerto Alejandria T-intersection) [4.621767, -75.794980]