Mural Painting & Artistic Alternatives Spring Break: March 24 – March 30, 2019

Sunday, March 24 to Saturday, March 30, 2019

Trip #129 summary description: “Dream it” and then “do it”! Help to collectively paint a massive, colorful, and educational mural and other artistic expressions at a Zapatista educational center in Chiapas, Mexico.  Delegates and dreamers will paint, live, and learn in Zapatista autonomous territory while sleeping in the rustic buildings and cooking meals over open fires.  Respect for indigenous leadership and good humor are a must: no special artistic nor language skills are required to participate – but you’ll learn a lot because our guest muralists will be amazing and fun teachers!!! Ground transportation will be via very basic public transportation. Delegations will have opportunities  for extensive face-to-face discussions with Mayan individuals and organizations engaged in directly challenging corporate-driven globalization through education, health, commercialization, and alternative indigenous governmental structures. The Zapatista movement will be studied through extensive readings, video presentations, and especially during direct conversations with Zapatistas themselves. All in all, this will be an amazing experience! Participants are urged to seek support, participation, and perhaps even hands-on artwork with “home-town” organizations!  “Dream it” and then “do it”.

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Trip #129 objective: Working with experienced team of Mexican and US muralists and other artists, the team will work and paint with students, teachers, and parents at a school selected by the Zapatista civilian Good Government Board (JBG) and the regional education committee. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the broader Zapatista movement while directly experiencing contemporary realities of the autonomous, indigenous Mayan communities of Chiapas, Mexico.16-1-IMG_2491

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Schools for Chiapas supported the construction of this elementary school and it is still lacking a mural.

Cost of trip #128:  The base cost of this trip will be two weeks of the minimum wage of your state or country.  (For example the minimum wage in California, USA is $10.00 usd X 80 hours of work = $800 usd. total cost.  http://time.com/4274938/minimum-wage-state-map/) This cost/fee will provide you with food, rustic housing, ground transportation from our first night hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas to the worksite and then back to San Cristobal de las Casas, translations, study materials, paint and paint supplies, plus a significant donation to the autonomous communities and at least one guiding mural artist/teacher.  No air travel, airport transfers, nor insurance of any kind is included; you must make these arrangements on your own.

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This unique and gripping image was painted during a Schools for Chiapas mural delegation at a remote Zapatista secondary school in the tropical zone of Chiapas, Mexico.

We will begin this delegation on Sunday, March 24, 2019 5pm in the highlands tourist city of San Cristobal de las Casas. We will have a general orientation and dinner on Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2019.  The next morning (Monday, March 25, 2019) we will travel to a Zapatista school somewhere in rural Chiapas, Mexico.   This is where we will spend the week painting along with students, teachers, and parents.  We may have the opportunity to visit a Zapatista caracol/center.  The delegation will officially end at noon on Saturday, March 30 in the highland city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

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Three important Zapatista figures center this mural on a rural secondary school in Chiapas, Mexico.

Transportation: Buses arrive in San Cristobal de las Casas from all over Mexico. For those of you who are arranging flights, the best way to travel is to fly into and depart from Tuxtla Gutierrez (TGZ).  How you arrive and how your return home is your decision and must be arranged independently.

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For the return trip, you will be taking a taxi, bus or combi (at your own expense) about an hour from San Cristobal de las Casa to the Tuxtla Gutierrez (TGZ) airport.  Again, you must make these travel arrangements on your own.

Deadline to join: ASAP! This trip is limited to 20 participants, so join us TODAY!

This mural was created in the spring of 2016 as part a collaboration between the students and educators at one small Zapatista school and a group of international and Mexican people-of-conscience including students from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. This mural painting caravan was hosted by the Zapatista Education Commission of the Caracol of Morelia and organized by Schools for Chiapas.

This mural was created in the spring of 2016 as part a collaboration between the students and educators at one small Zapatista school and a group of international and Mexican people-of-conscience including students from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. This mural painting caravan was hosted by the Zapatista Education Commission of the Caracol of Morelia and organized by Schools for Chiapas.

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