Cultural Program for the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress
Fundación Mar Adentro actively participated in the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 4) held from the 4th until the 8th of September 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo. Fundación Mar Adentro's cultural program aimed to observe land and ocean as a common, interrelated space, and explore new means of interaction within coastal areas. Our participation in IMPAC4 included (but was not limited to) setting up a video art program, funding a scholarship program for Chilean researchers to participate in the Congress, and hosting other workshops which integrated the fields of art and science.
We must look to the earth we stand on in order to protect our oceans, and from the land, behold the ocean as an environment that welcomes us.
Fundación Mar Adentro seeks to deepen this vision by finding new ways of relating to the oceans and by diving into the urgent tasks involved in marine conservation. As such, we believe it is important to create conditions that unravel the potential relationships between scientific and artistic insight, so we participated in IMPAC4 with a series of activities that reinforce this view.
We invited eighteen professionals working in marine conservation throughout the country to attend the four days of the congress and thus contribute to the ongoing training of teachers and professionals actively researching and working in the fields of culture and science.
We produced a space for reflection on the beach next to where the Congress was held. Videos belonging to a contemporary art program were projected within this outdoor makeshift cube and were made open to the public, free of charge. The films sought to create a dialogue between scientific research and creation within the context of marine conservation.
The researchers from the Natural History Museum of Río Seco in Punta Arenas, whose educational program receives support from Fundación Mar Adentro, held workshops for teachers and students on the learning of and appreciation for the value of their local ecosystem, and taught techniques for the study of the nature-human relationship.
WThrough IMPAC4, we supported the participation of a group of professionals who propose to carry out “Hazla por tu ola” in Chile, an initiative that seeks to protect the Chilean marine territory which happens to produce some of the best surfing waves in the world, a sport with great potential to generate economic activity, enkindle community interaction, and promote sustainable tourism. The project’s objective is to add important environmental measures to the coastal regulations, following the model created in Peru by the NGO Conservamos por Naturaleza.
An organization dedicated to promoting community and cultural development in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, with an emphasis on sustainable and artistic education, as well as inclusion and collaborative forms of work. Fundación Mar Adentro supports the important work of its music school, which provides musical and cultural training to more than one hundred children on the island. Two of its founders, pianist Mahani Teave, and musician Enrique Icka, were invited to participate in the IMPAC4 Congress. Mahani Teave led the opening ceremony with Enrique Icka in a song that celebrates the creation of a multi-use marine protected area in Rapa Nui.
*Download the FMA program at IMPAC here.