For centuries, Buddhists belonging to Nepal’s Newar caste have been making and selling metal statues and figurines of their sacred deities. But more members of the caste are choosing other careers, and with demand for the sacred sculptures growing, Newar members are revealing the secrets of their art to Nepalese from other castes.
Massive public murals have a long and storied history as an art form in Mexico. With the Central de Abasto – the world’s largest open-air wholesale market – as its canvas, the cooperative We Do Things has brought more than two dozen murals to the walls of the market, despite the obstacles of an earthquake and a shortage of funds.
Haiti’s 2010 earthquake forever altered the country, including the devastation of Haiti’s nascent theater scene. Eight years later, advocates are reviving the art and discovering the role of theater in rebuilding the nation.
As retinitis pigmentosa slowly erodes her sight, German-born painter and psychotherapist Kiki Suárez has worked to bring the therapeutic benefits of art to disabled persons in Chiapas, Mexico. Now, their artwork pays for some of the care and treatment of the patients.
This was the first theater to be built in burgeoning Harare since 1960 and presents at least one production per month. The 500-seat venue gives free rehearsal space to theater troupes and houses other types of events, as well.