The selection process is both by invitation and application. Participants are selected by the residency director in conjunction with the Advisory Board. Application is open to professionals (or students who demonstrate maturity) from all countries, cultural backgrounds and aesthetics. Applicants must be at least 30% fluent in Spanish and English (able to understand and speak the language at a beginner level).
Guapamacátaro is a site-based and community-oriented program for artists from different disciplines, scientists, educators and activists, aimed at fostering socially and ecologically-conscious cultural development in the area where the Guapamacátaro hacienda is located (Michoacán, Mexico).
The program was founded in 2006 by Mexican artist and curator Alicia Marván, as an extension of her artistic practice. Its conceptual and artistic framework includes ecology in its broad sense, not limited to its common association with the preservation of the natural environment. All components of the local ecosystem (human, natural and artificial) and their relationship to each other are subject of inquiry, creativity and growth.
During their stay, participants use the hacienda grounds as a laboratory for the creative process and engaging with the local community in art, ecology and development practices. They are free to work whenever desired in the provided studios and anywhere in the property. Experimentation is encouraged as is discourse and collaboration. Daily group activities such as morning stretch and meditation, and occasional guided walks and fieldtrips to nearby towns and natural areas are often organized, depending on people's interests.
Presentation at the Open House event on the last week of the residency. As part of the experience, all participants are asked to lead at least one free lecture, master class, workshop, open rehearsal or other public event for local community members (adults, teenagers and/or children) to provide insight into the creative process.
Housing is made available on the grounds in single and double rooms.
The facilities, set on rural farmland, include several studios, large common areas and ample outdoor space.