Arena Y Esteras

South America, Peru, Lima
Art discipline: Theater
Participated in ICAF in: 2003

We are Arena y Esteras [‘sand and mats', the material our houses are constructed of], a grassroots organization of artists, educators, and local leaders committed to our community. We work on a way of being and living by creating art that contributes to human development and social transformation. We tap into the creative potential of human beings as an artistic strategy that makes possible their capacity to live, to be resilient and synergical. We do so through theatre, circus, music, dance and fine arts.

Our history : On 15 February 1992, María Elena Moyano, a popular leader in the migrant community of Villa El Salvador is assassinated for politcal reasons. This event causes enormous sadness and wide protest in the community. A group of youngsters get together with the firm intention to overcome fear through art and to create conditions so that the population can recuperate its capacity to smile and to believe again in life.
Thus, on the 29th of March 1992, Arena y Esteras is born.