5 Nov 2015 AoC's 2a Gala Anual de Procuración de Fondos


Art of Conservation's 2nd Annual Fundraiser Gala, 5 November 2015, Tulum México


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Join Art of Conservation's Board of Directors

Join Art of Conservation's Board of Directors 

We are looking for new board member to join our governance board.

General Information

Art of Conservation (AoC) is a United States 501 (C) 3 and a registered Mexican nonprofit dedicated to creating environmentally-sensitive citizens and leaders.  Operating in and around Tulum, Mexico, our classes for young teens use artistic expression to teach about human health, the animal world, the Yucatán’s unique biodiversity, environmental issues, and leadership skills. 

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Citizen Participation on Water Issues

Welcome to a closer look at the Water Guardians, "Kanan Ha" in Maya. Art of Conservation (AoC) in partnership with Razonatura (RZN) developed this outreach program in conjunction with our regularly running one-health awareness sessions. Children from our programming participate in water monitoring at nearby waterholes, usually cenotes containing freshwater.

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Consent forms signed by parents and/or guardians are required yet a few mothers like to make another thorough check that their children are going to be ok on the excursion to a nearby waterhole. Frederico and Miguel's beautiful mother is very protective!

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New AoC Flyer for México

Hi everyone,

We have a new flyer for AoC's work in México. While we continue to partner with our team in Africa and their local NGO called Conservation Heritage - Turambe, here is something for our work in the Mesoamerican Region. A big thanks to our team member Patricia 'Pato' Pagnucco for her excellent design work! Hope you like it too!

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Art of Conservation brinda un retiro a sus graduados

Art of Conservation Launches Graduate Retreat

Nurturing Connections. Reinforcing Lessons.

A Story and Video 

Art of Conservation 2014 and 2015 graduates - including a few parents and teachers, as well - from the primary schools of Ignacio Gómez and Ford No. 198 bounced in vans down the limestone road snaking through mangrove stands. Sandy beaches and dunes lined the Caribbean coast on one side and wetlands and lagoons on the other. You could sense the excitement as we traveled to our first Art of Conservation First Ever Graduate Retreat. Two seaside homes, Casa Maya Kaan and Rancho Pepo, served as our home base for the two-day retreat.

Please click here for our video.

Script, Camera, and Edition by Esteban Pliego. Original music by Bole.

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Nice Smile!

We continue teaching our students how to care for their physical, mental, and sexual health and how to prevent common illnesses by focusing today on brushing our teeth.


Mauro has a beautiful smile!

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Learning, Making Art, and Eating

This semester Art of Conservation is partnering with a small town called Chunyaxché which is 25 kilometers south west of Tulum Pueblo and located at the northwest boundaries of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. A pre-hispanic Muyil archeological site across the street from the primary school where we work is one of the earliest Maya settlements on the Caribbean Coast (about 12 kilometers inland from the shoreline).

Those of you familiar with AoC's one-health awareness and creative learning approach know we usually begin our program with teaching children how to care for their physical, mental, and sexual health and how to prevent common illnesses. Today we look at eating a healthy diet.

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Manuel asks the children to study the food cards we distributed and think about in which food groups they belong.

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Art Can Save a Panda at TEDx Providence

Dear friends,

It's my pleasure to share with you a posting written by Dr. Lucy Spelman for Art of Conservation. Lucy is a friend and colleague of mine as well a board member to the organization. Please enjoy.

Thank you, Julie

In May 2015, I had the honor of giving my first TED talk. Please click here to watch and share.

I never would have given this speech had it not been for Julie and Art of Conservation.

In 2006, I was working as the field manager for the One-health Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in central Africa when I met Julie at a party. She was another "ex-pat" of which there were relatively few, so we started talking. I discovered she was a talented artist who wanted to get involved teaching Rwandans about the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Then she said something that got my attention: she wanted to "do something" for the gorillas, and not just about them. She wanted her work to be informed by what the scientists working in the field were up against. We started collaborating, trading ideas. Within months, Julie had launched AoC focused on engaging children in one-health conservation.

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Ndakazi, an orphaned mountain gorilla, in the care of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Photo taken in 2006 by Dr. Spelman for MGVP.

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Protecting Turtles

Following our study of freshwater turtles, we turn to sea turtles. People on Earth have a lot of effort to put forth to protect the seven sea turtles living in our oceans. As you can see by their listed status below, we must act now. 

Critically Endangered: Hawksbill and Kemp's Ridley

Endangered: Green and Loggerhead

Vulnerable: Leatherback and Olive Ridley

Data Deficient: Flatback

Artists Pato and Pluma guide the children on drawing and painting proportionally correct sea turtles and a close-up of the head of a turtle.

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Pluma helps Yael with his drawing.

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Pato watches the children draw and paint the head of a turtle.

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Freshwater Turtle Education

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Recently during AoC classes at Escuela Primaria Ford in Tulum, we talked about the natural history of freshwater turtles, more specifically, the common slider turtle or "jicotea" in Spanish and "áak" or "kaa nish" in Maya. The kids are familiar with this turtle because they are found at the cenotes which are scattered throughout the Yucatán peninsula. While these turtle are wide-spread and their conservation status is listed as Least Concern, IUCN warns us that the common slider turtle nearly qualifies as a species that faces a high risk of extinction in the medium-term future.

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AoC student Martha adds cards to our conservation status banner. 

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