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Artists at Work on the WWF-sponsored Murals in Livingston

November 26, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

The annual Garifuna Festival in Livingston sported an additional attraction this year. Mundane, barren walls throughout the town were transformed into creative works of art. World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in association with INGUAT (the Guatemala Tourist Board) and several businesses in Livingston, promoted a competition to produce murals inspired by cultural traditions. Young people were required to enter a drawing of their artistic conception, relating to either the Garifuna or Maya Q'eqchi heritage of Livingston.  

The artists were from around the country, although most were from the Guatemala City area. Frily Galvez, who works for World Wildlilfe Fund Central America, helped with organization and implementation. He said there were 40 artists, who came to Livingston for two nights, on November 12th and 13th. Several hotels and restaurants sponsored the group, providing food and lodging for the two and a half days.

Story and more photos continued below - click "Read more..."

Casa Nostra, One of the Hotels that Sponsored the Project

Frily Galvez, of WWF Central America, at Lunch with the Artists

These Artists are Off to a Great Start
The young people were enthusiastic about the project and excited to be chosen as participants. All encountered were friendly and polite as they answered questions from tourists and stopped to pose for photographs.They worked diligently to finish their murals in the required time. Many even continued long after dark, with the aid of streetlamps and by the light of the (nearly) full moon.

The Chisme Vindicator staff had to return to Rio Dulce before the completion of the murals, so we do not have photographs of the finished walls. If you plan a trip to Livingston in the near future, be sure to take a walk around town and check out the beautiful artwork...then send us your photographs! 

Many thanks to WWF, INGUAT, the town of Livingston, and the local businesses who encouraged and supported this community effort. Congratulations to all the artists, and thank you for bringing such colorful new life to the streets of Livingston, while sharing your vision of the cultural heritage in this part of Guatemala. Bien hecho/well done!

Individuality and Diverse Styles Were Colorfully Expressed

This Row of Murals Transformed Into...


The Early Stages of This Mural...

Became THIS!

A Colorful, Ambitious Start to Another Beautiful Mural

The Mural Outlined Here...

Became THIS!

Artists from Cooler Climes had Difficulty with the Livingston Sun

Garifuna Musicians and Dancers at a Festival in Rio Dulce 2012

Garifuna Dancer

Garifuna Singer in Rio Dulce 2012


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