The idea of LIRA is nothing more than an idea, to reflect a growing movement to establish artist residencies in indigenous communities in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Venezuela, and Argentina. New residencies are springing up in Nicaragua, Cuba, Uruguay, Bolivia, Guyana, and Haiti. Why? What local, regional, national, and international needs do these artist communities serve? How do they fit into a new global wave of cultural/creative/sustainable/eco-tourism? This page aims merely to provide a forum for artists, arts promoters, government tourism agencies, arts funders, Latin Americans, and others talking about the “how” and the “why” of this emerging phenomenon.
The most salient element of this movement as it relates to Crossing Bridges, is the unanimous vote by the Committees that manage the indigenous P’urépecha communities of the islands of Pacanda and Yunuén in Lake Patzcuaro, and the recovering pine forest of Pantzingo, all in the state of Michoacán, Mexico to name Jan Hanvik as the spokesperson authorized to promote the conversion of these 3 ecotourism parks into international artist residencies. The primary focus of these residencies is to foment cultural and artistic interaction among indigenous peoples of North America. However, these activities will not be limited to only indigenous artists visiting and staying in P’urépecha communities, nor limited to North America. Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org