Vital Signs: Mexico Yaxche Residency

How about a residency where you can help replant coral and mangrove in the Gulf of Mexico and be inspired to do research or make art?!

Residency dates: November 2 – 16, 2019


How about a residency where you could experience ecology and the impact of climate change first hand? Better yet, how about an opportunity to get involved in restoration!

YAXCHE at Tres Rios by Twisted Oyster, offers the opportunity to be inspired by its incomparable nature and ecology in the Mexican Riviera. As a participating artists you are invited to take part of ecological tours and experience first hand, the region’s efforts towards savaging flora and fauna they are best known for.

We are two socially conscious artists, one of us an educator the other a curator! Our goal is to raise awareness to the conservation of this frail environment and be able to inspire you.

Just in the past 10-15 years the Riviera Maya has lost nearly 15 feet of its white sandy shores, and thanks to the hurricanes from 2005, the coral reef population has diminished considerably. The rippling effect of climate change includes the reduction of the region’s mangrove system and marine life. Artists will have an opportunity to observe the Gulf shores’ current deteriorating conditions and the efforts to restore it through local non-profits, ecological guided excursions and presentations.

This is a 14-day immersive, self-guided and transformative residency, to include:

  • Shared suites (2 persons per room. Private rooms available at extra cost)
  • All meals, drinks, snacks and resort activities
  • Transportation to Tres Rios to and from the airport
  • Expert presentation on the local ecology/environment, and its efforts to restore it
  • Sensory adventure experience
  • Nursery and nature expedition
  • Ocean and freshwater kayak explorations
  • River snorkeling to sea or cenote, and catamaran sailing
  • Other activities at no extra cost: kitchen/tasting tour, bicycling
  • Meditation sessions
  • Lesson plan development for teaching artists/media activities
  • Families and partners are welcome
  • Children under 6 stay for free

This is the perfect residency for artists interested in the ecology and environment and art educators of all levels.


  • 2-week residency: 2660 USD (paid in two installments)
  • 1-week residency: 1330 USD (single payment)

2-week residency note: 50% of deposit ($1,330 USD) due June 1. Balance by September 15. Cancellation penalty 40% through September 30. No refunds will be granted for cancellations after September 30.

1-week residency note: Available to groups 2-4 people

Link to payment: PayPal.Me/Yaxche


Why should we all have hope in reviving coral reefs:

This residency is organized by two contemporary active artists, educator and curator, respectively.

Artists Brief Bio-Staments:

Patricia RAIN Gianneschi: Artist, Musician, Teacher, Gardener, Thinker, Activist, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Lover, Friend. RAIN was born and raised in Chicago, and is an artist working across Poetics. In her multimedia work, whether music or visual art, the intersection of social justice and spirituality is a thread that runs through all the disciplines of  her work. As an teaching artist with students, from the classroom to the stage at the Art Institute of Chicago, she weaves a pedagogy with the same threads of spirituality and social justice. Her paintings, prints and drawings going back over 35 years represent an artistic practice rich in ideas, content, creativity and authenticity.
RAIN is currently a founding member of the art collective: MOTHER ART: REVISITED
Educated in the Arts at University of California, Berkeley. RAIN holds two degrees from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Master’s in Art Education, and a Master of Fine Arts. She has served as a teaching artist for the Chicago Public Schools for 22 years, and as adjunct faculty in Art Education at The School of the Art institute of Chicago.

Pía Cruzalegui is a Peruvian born artist and independent curator based in Chicago. Her work focuses on the tensions, interruptions, displacements and inadequacies associated with culture, politics,  and socio-economics surfacing from the ethnic experiences as an immigrant. Central to her work is the subconscious dialogue brought forward by memory, time and space, and the observance and deconstruction of this perception by amplifying images as gestures to present a fragmented narrative. Pía received an MFA in Studio Practice from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, holds degrees in Communications: Film and Multimedia, and Latin American Studies from Florida Atlantic University, and Architectural Design from Miami Dade College. Pia Cruzalegui is the founder and director of Twisted Oyster Festival.

Residency’s contact information:


SOCIAL MEDIA: @TwistedOyster


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