Arriving back in NYC after a week of art and culture in Akumal, Mexico, we are overwhelmed by the beauty that was created, the smiles that were shared, and the community that was enlivened by all the efforts of the Akumal Arts Festival. It truly took a village to create such a positive space of love and respect, and we are all better for it.
The Opening Ceremonies began with a greeting by Mayan leaders, welcoming us over the bridge into the pueblo. Crossing that bridge, a metaphor of love and hope and beauty, was the perfect way to kick off an event which brought artists from all over the world to a small pueblo in Mexico. It was through a place of love that this community began to shine.
If you plan to visit Akumal yourself to check out all of the incredible walls, we have created a couple maps to make things easier for you. In addition, all of the works will be added to the Street Art Cities app, which, as you know, is a veritable bible of locations for art all over the world, and a partner to us here at SOLD Magazine.
The first map is for the murals created on the bridge, and the second map is for those walls painted in the pueblo itself.
THE BRIDGE MAP
We have organized the murals painted on the walls of the bridge into 4 quadrants, two quadrants on the Playa (beach) Side of the carretera (highway) and two on the Pueblo Side.
Within the Akumal Pueblo, there are beautiful walls to be discovered, scattered around the village. Some are immediately visible on the main road, while others can be seen at the public schools or at La Cancha, the basketball court and gathering space in the center of the pueblo. Still others are down lesser-traveled roadways. This map should make things easier for you.
To download the pdf file of the Pueblo Art Map so that you can view it or print it out, click here.
Akumal is a place of great beauty, and not just because of all the colorful walls, but also the spirit of the people who live here. Do yourself a favor and visit the the pueblo to discover what a magical place it is.
If you have a sense of adventure and an open heart, there is beauty around every corner!
Thanks so much to the organizers of the Akumal Arts Festival, especially Jennifer Smith and Jake Klone for their passion and support throughout the event. Thanks also to Rena Gray for inviting us to be part of this celebration of culture and art.
And thank you to all the other staff, especially Erin Ko, Paul Sanchez-Navarro, Marti Johnson, Kerra Bolton.
It was an amazing experience, and we look forward to returning next year to share in the creativity and love.
May this be the first of many festivals for the Akumal community.