(Tlacopac – Nahuatl - verdant place of hedges and reeds).
Founded by Mexican artist Luis Stephens and painter and
writer Karen DeLuca Stephens, and overseen by NYC-based Project Manager Jan
Hanvik, in the southern part of Mexico City, this residency will be dedicated
to the practice and pursuit of all art forms. A rarity for artist residencies
worldwide, RETIRO ARTISTICO TLACOPAC welcomes not only individual artists, but
also performing arts groups - theater, dance, & music- and college or
university level performing arts programs, as it includes a wood-floored
performance gymnasium suitable for the development of works by 2 up to 10-12
members. The 5-bedroom house with ample gardens and patios is historic in its
connection to the lives of groundbreaking Mexican avant-garde composer Conlon
Nancarrow and his former wife Annette Nancarrow, painter and jewelry designer,
and assistant to the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco. The TLACOPAC
RESIDENCY will revive the hotbed of cultural activity that was Mexico City of
the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, welcoming diverse artists from all cultural, national
and ethnic backgrounds, to contribute to global dialogue through the arts.