The “Autumn Zefirante” workshops will be offered virtually the weeks of October 5 to 9, October 19 to 23 and October 26 to 30. (Supplied)
The theater company Y no hay Luz will offer virtual encounters for children in October, in which they will enjoy artistic creation workshops, theater games, relaxation exercises and body movement while learning to protect the environment. Autumn Zefirante is the new artistic proposal that invites new families to join the Centinela Club, a comprehensive artistic project that encourages creativity and art as an educational medium.
“Autumn Zefirante is an alternative to give children a break from the continuous classes they have online in these times of pandemic. Despite the fact that the meeting takes place virtually, the experience is one full of magic, where each participant will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively while learning ecological concepts and social values, ”explains Francisco Iglesias, artistic co-director of Y no hay Luz, in a written communication.
According to the information, with the support of the Flamboyán Fund for the Arts, the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico Foundation, Loisaida Inc. and Acacia Network, the “Autumn Zefirante” workshops will be offered virtually the weeks of October 5 to 9, from October 19 to 23 and from October 26 to 30, 2020.
Enrollment is limited to two groups: one for children ages 5 to 7 and another for children ages 8 to 10. Those interested should contact them before September 30 at (787) 638-6593 or by email [email protected] . They also have a Sentinel Scholarship available that they can apply for.
In the information, Iglesias highlighted that as a result of the experience that was lived with Verano Zefirante, they realized that we must continue creating this type of encounter to promote the importance of art in our lives. “These creative meetings with children fill us with enthusiasm as we sow ideas in families to take responsibility and take action in the face of climate change facing our Planet Earth.”
Part of the theatrical group Y no hay luz. (Supplied)
The name Autumn Zefirante gives continuity to his past Summer Zefirante project whose purpose is to create a creative link with the seasons of the year and thus be able to replicate the project seasonally.
“The zefirantes are funny characters that narrate our story Centinela de Mangó,” said Iglesias. The zefirante symbol is part of the Sentinel Club project since these nice creatures “are dedicated to caring for and protecting natural resources and magically make people feel happier.”
On the other hand, the Teatro Y No Hay Luz company, in collaboration with The Loisaida Center Cultural Center, extends a bridge to work with Spanish-speaking families in New York City. “ We are proud to be able to share our Autumn Zefirante with the Puerto Rican diaspora community. To a certain extent, it is our way of reciprocating and appreciating the fundamental role they have played in our recovery from the natural disasters that we have faced today, ”Iglesias said.
The Sentinel Club proposes to create a global network to strengthen social values and the right of children to educate themselves through creativity, recognize the importance of the arts in the lives of human beings and be part of the family of protectors of the Planet Earth.
The children, mothers and fathers who participate in the Autumn Zefirante 2020, will join the Centinela Club, which already has 56 families from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Mexico and Boston. During the year, monthly activities will be held so that other children, youth and adults can join together and thus discover new ways to “become sentinels and protectors of our home, the Earth”.
According to the information provided, from 2005 to the present, the theater company Y No Hay Luz carries out constant artistic work that contributes to the growth and development of Puerto Rican culture, in turn linking art to the educational field.
The information highlights that they provide the community with a direct approach to the plastic and performing arts through workshops, theater pieces and cultural management projects. It also has an extensive theatrical repertoire of original pieces, with which it has had the opportunity to perform both nationally and internationally.
“It is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach to art, fusing theater, dance, music, masks, puppets and objects in a stage setting that conveys a feeling, an image, a provocation”, adds the information, where it also the mission of providing interdisciplinary artistic experiences “that awaken in individuals sensitivity, beauty, creativity, freedom of thought and spirit, conscience, solidarity and social justice in Puerto Rico and the world” stands out.