Cultural Program for the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress

Fundación Mar Adentro actively participates in the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC 4, which will be held from the 4th until the 8th of September 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo. Fundación Mar Adentro's program sets out to observe land and ocean as a common and interrelated space to explore new ways of interaction within coastal areas. A video art program, a scholarship program for researchers from all over the country to come and participate in the congress, as well as workshops that bring together art and science, are some of the activities of this cultural program.

Protecting the ocean intrinsically involves the land, we stand at the edge of the dividing line and look out at the ocean as an environment that welcomes us: in Fundación Mar Adentro we want to help deepen and enrich this vision and find new ways of interacting with our oceans that takes on the urgent task of conserving its richness and biodiversity. We believe that a contribution in this sense is to provide elements that will incite possible relationships between scientific and artistic knowledge to unfold within the context of this congress.

Our IMPAC4 program begins with pianist Mahani Teave, who will be in charge of the opening concert, accompanied by Enrique Icka, performing a song of ancestral themes of the Rapa Nui culture. They are two of the founders of Toki Rapa Nui NGO, an organization dedicated to fostering the island’s cultural and communal development, with an emphasis on sustainable and artistic education, inclusion and collaborate work. FMA supports the important work of its music school, which provides instrumental and cultural training to more than 100 children in Rapa Nui.

We’ve create diverse actions and activities to generate reflections with diverse members of the community. Through our  Active Teachers Program, we’ve invited 18 professionals (teachers, academics, postgraduate students) working in marine conservation throughout the country to attend the four days of this congress to contribute in the continuous training and formation of teachers and professionals working on scientific research through the different regions of Chile. In addition to being able to attend the various presentations and exchanging experiences with their peers, the selected Active Teachers will be invited to observe the local coastal ecosystems and analyze their current situations.

Still of Fernando Aria’s video Enjoy Your Meal

The program also considers an outdoor make-shift video space, located on the beach in front of Hotel Enjoy (venue hosting the Congress) that will be continuously screening contemporary and international art videos open to the entire community: Cubo Arte, a place that seeks to introduce a dialogue between scientific research and artistic creation within the context of marine conservation. The program includes works by renowned artists: Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland), Fernando Arias (Colombia), Theo Jansen (Holland) and Gianfranco Foschino (Chile), among others.

A team of biologists and visual artists from the Natural History Museum of Río Seco, Punta Arenas, whose educational program is supported by FMA, will hold naturalist workshops for students and teachers that teach methodologies related to the visual arts and naturalism to assimilate and recognize elements of natural and coastal history present in coastal areas, such as the reproduction of textures and footprints of the area. The workshops are directed to students but teachers will also learn to develop these workshops and replicate them within their educational communities. The workshops will be held in three local schools.

As a foundation we are also supporting Fundación Rompientes participation in IMPAC4 for as to contribute their “Halza por tu ola” initiative. Chile has a privileged coastline for surfing, a sport that has become increasingly popular and that generates economic activity, fosters relationships within communities and the possibility of promoting sustainable tourism. This seeks to protect the marine territory produced by these waves and conserve coastal areas. Its objective is to include this wave protection mechanism within current environmental regulations and that takes as a model the project carried out in Peru by the NGO Conservamos por Naturaleza. 

*Download the FMA program at IMPAC here.