June 22, 2017 7:52 pm

sustainable tourism directed at artists. The Rural Interaction Project is an independent, not-for-profit artist residency program. Created and led by Martinez, the third edition invites artists of any discipline to three nights and four days at one of four participating ranches. This June will include Rancho Los Naranjos in collaboration with the International Dzogchen Community of Tsegyalgar West, and Rancho El Parralito, sponsored by Wendy Rudell. In June and July temporary residencies will be held at Rancho San Francisco, sponsored by Fundacion Guayagui AC, and at Sierra La Trinidad. Participants are provided with meals, lodging, lectures, and workshops, among other daily activities. The residency period may also be extended upon agreement with the community and the project leader. The Rural Interaction Project offers a first-hand experience of the ecological and social culture of the ranch communities of Baja California Sur, in or close to the Sierra La Laguna UNESCO-protected biosphere. It also aims to assist in the preservation of the land through the promotion of responsible activities such as hiking, bird watching, organic farming and camping, which these communities offer. Selected participants must donate a minimum of two works of art to the project, which will form part of an itinerant exhibition, with a final show and auction. Funds raised through the auction and sales of the bilingual catalogue, Formulato, containing all donated works, will be used for the project’s continuation. Five internationally-acclaimed Performance artists will attend including San Francisco-based Violeta Luna, Mexico City-based Hortesia Ramírez, Katia Tirado, Guadalajara native Sara Raca, and the San Jose del Cabo-based typewriter poet Dawn X. Spectre (aka Alba Monroy). In addition, from Durango, the marvelous vocalist, Reyna Valenzuela will attend with her creative team, photographer/videographers Gabriel Torrecillas and Erick Sandoval. Space is available for seven women and seven men participants. The last day for submissions is June 29, 2017 at midnight. To submit an application for the temporary residence please fill out the Call for Entries form found at www.ruralinteraction.com. For more information, call or text 624 154 3576 or 624 110 7389.]]>