Self-Directed & Instructional Artist & Writers Residencies: DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL SESSION Oct/Nov 2018 – Oaxaca, Mexico


Apply Now Through Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Fee Reduction Options. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.


E-mail Chris at for more information.



As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. This period also marks the completion of the annual cycle of cultivation of maize, the country’s predominant food crop. Families facilitate the return of the souls to Earth by laying flower petals, candles and offerings along the path leading from the cemetery to their homes. The deceased’s favorite dishes are prepared and placed around the home shrine and the tomb alongside flowers and typical handicrafts, such as paper cut-outs. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity (e.g. an abundant maize harvest) or misfortune (e.g. illness, accidents, financial difficulties) upon their families depending on how satisfactorily the rituals are executed. The dead are divided into several categories according to cause of death, age, sex and, in some cases, profession. A specific day of worship, determined by these categories, is designated for each deceased person. This encounter between the living and the dead affirms the role of the individual within society and contributes to reinforcing the political and social status of Mexico’s indigenous communities. --Inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).



Founded in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Our residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 22 and over.

Artists-in-residence are introduced to a better understanding of Mexico or Peru’s Mesoamerican and colonial past, its modern present, and while producing, they learn to challenge contemporary art and what are considered traditional art practices; therefore, Arquetopia aids this process with a series of weekly individual meetings, discussion, critiques, and a critical bibliography that are tailored to each artist’s needs. The ultimate goal is for artists to learn new methods and techniques while questioning their own practice in the hopes of extending the critical discussion to other communities. 

For this special session, we are currently welcoming applications for the following customized residency programs at Arquetopia Oaxaca, in the open countryside of Oaxaca, Mexico:



Click on each link below for program info on our website:


1. Short-Term Artist Residency: Mapping Narratives.

Self-directed, tour-inclusive sessions of 2 weeks. Various techniques and resources offered.


2. Writers Residency.

Self-directed, flexible sessions of 3 to 8 weeks.




Click on the link below for program info on our website:


3. Mexican Textiles Instructional Residency: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry.

With master instruction, learn traditional Mexican Textiles (back-strap Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry, with time for independent production. Extendable sessions of 3 or 4 weeks.



Visit the Arquetopia website at

E-mail Chris at for complete information dossier.
Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page.

Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.


Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique, customized residency programs with substantial content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and are built on structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios;and individualized project support.

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.


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Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Chris Davis, Co-Executive Director
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
+52 222 594 7728
Contact Address: 
Camino al Seminario 79
3ra Sección
68258  San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca