Scouts Group 808 at Galeria Costa
Group 808 of the Candelária Scouts visited MiratecArts Galeria Costa for the first time in March.
The young scouts walked along the trails of the property full of artistic installations and natural surprises, like the giant Faia tree and the garden of dyed plants.
For Terry Costa, artistic director of MiratecArts, visits from local youth groups like these are warmly welcomed, offering hours of education in a different way. "It’s always satisfying to receive groups of foreigners who have already become accustomed to visiting our home," says Costa, "But when you get young people from the island, it warms one’s heart a lot more. My wish is that these moments motivate more people to build a creative society, and embrace the differences to develop a better future."
Scouts Group 808 was founded in February 1987, and Terry Costa actually took part in the first group.
Lord Baden Powell, founder of the scouting movement, said, "...try to leave the world a little better than you found it..." - an ideal that matches MiratecArts’ objectives.
Pawtucket on Pico Island
The International Charter School (ICS) from the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA visited the island of Pico with MiratecArts.
An American school that teaches the Portuguese language, ICS makes visiting the Azores an annual stop, having toured the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in recent years. This year they chose the islands of Faial and Pico for their field trip to learn more about Portuguese culture.
Gabriela Silva organized the general visit, with transportation support from the Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Madalena, in Pico, taking a group of young people from the 5th grade, and their teachers, to various points of interest on the mountain island. The group explored the Madalena Public Art Route, Wine Museum, Whaler’s Museum, and took a walk through the vineyards of Criação Velha (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a stop at the Moinho (Windmill) do Frade. They also paid a visit to the home of Helena Amaral’s "Smiling Stones" sculptures, and a trek through MiratecArts Galeria Costa, accompanied by Terry Costa, completed the agenda of the day dedicated to Pico island.
MiratecArts artistic director, Terry Costa, attended the 31st International Lusophone Colloquium, from April 12 to 15, 2019 at Vila de Belmonte, where he presented a new project to be implemented in the next few years at MiratecArts Galeria Costa: Lusophone Garden.
Housed at Galeria Costa, in the parish of Candelária, Pico, the Lusophone Garden will be a space of about 800 square meters dedicated to Portuguese words and poets from all over the world - from those that have taken their last bow, to the new generations among us. The permanent exhibition set in volcanic basalt will represent the regions and countries of the Camões language, including the largest Portuguese communities scattered around the globe.
The Lusophone Garden is planned for an autumn 2021 inauguration, kicking-off the 10 year celebrations of the MiratecArts organization, also coinciding with the 36th International Lusophone Colloquium, which will take place that year in Madalena, Pico island.
Bolina’s clowns coming to Pico
The directors of MiratecArts and the Descalças Cultural Coop met in the town of Castelo de Vide recently to sign a protocol between the two entities, and spread the goal of giving more visibility to clowns around the world.
Terry Costa and Maria Simões have been collaborating through the international arts festival Azores Fringe since its first edition in 2013. Now, they plan to strengthen their relationship by creating an extension of Bolina - International Festival of Clowns, which takes place in Alto Alentejo. The future edition, in 2021, will encourage participating clowns to make their way to the center of the Atlantic Ocean, to the Azores, to continue the journey.
"We’re creating a space for meeting and reflection among participants, providing training to artists and the general public, as well as giving locals and tourists the possibility of attending high-level shows of recognized international artistic quality," said Maria Simões, founder of Bolina.
Terry Costa said the initiative is another way to attract artists to MiratecArts programs and give more opportunities for presentation and development, "not only to participants, but also to Azorean audiences, especially on the island of Pico".