Community, Culture, Santa Cruz

Storytelling, music and art: virtual workshops for everyone

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Translator: Arianna Hernández

Do you go to elementary school or high school for just a few hours and want to take some time to learn art? Or are you an adult with free time and a desire to develop a new skill?

Then pay attention: the Civic Center for Peace (CCP- Centro Cívico por la Paz) in Santa Cruz has open enrollment for this semester and for virtual workshops on music and handicrafts. There are also a few spots still available for an in-person storytelling workshop.

The workshops begin on March 15with the exception of the storytelling workshopand will be imparted hand in hand with the Casa del Artistas School (ECA) and the National System of Music Education (SINEM). Enroll soon because the workshops are free and have limited space.

Also, keep in mind that although registration is virtual, you can contact CCP for help signing up at 2680-0750.

Okay, now, pay attention to these details:

 

WRITING WORKSHOP (in person)

To enroll, fill out this form.

  • Girls and boys between 10 and 12 years old

Storytelling | March 11, 16 and 18

 

HANDICRAFTS WORKSHOPS (virtual)

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  • Boys and girls between 6 and 12 years old

Sculpture | Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Free-form painting | Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

  • Over 13 years old

Sculpture (paper mache and wire) | Mondays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • Teenagers between 13 and 17 years old

Mosaic art | Fridays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Sculpture (paper mache and wire) | Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • Over 18 years old

Sculpture (urban sculpture, cement, plaster and wire) | Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mosaic Art | Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or Fridays 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

MUSICAL ARTS WORKSHOPS (virtual)

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  • Older than 7 years old

Wind ensemble (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, transverse flute) | Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Boys and girls between 7 and 12 years old

Piano | Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Rondalla A Guitar | Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rondalla B Guitar | Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Teenagers between 13 and 17 years old

Rondalla Ukulele and Guitar | Mondays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Singing | Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Piano | Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Older than 13 years old

Music theory and composition | Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Beginners music reading | Fridays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Intermediate music reading | Fridays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Over 18 years old

Singing | Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Rondalla Guitar | Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Piano | Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

The Civic Center for Peace in Santa Cruz is located in the canton’s sports center. Since 2016, it has been offering activities and workshops especially for young people. Foto: Cesar Arroyo Castro

Five Years in the Province

This year, the Civic Center for Peace in Santa Cruz is celebrating five years of offering workshops to people in Guanacaste. It was the second one inaugurated in the country in 2016, with an investment of $4.3 million that came from a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

In total, there is now a CCP in each province: Garabito (Puntarenas), Santa Cruz (Guanacaste), Cartago (Cartago), Guararí (Heredia), Aguas Zarcas (Alajuela), Desamparados (San Jose) and Pococí (Limón). They are all administered by the Ministry of Justice and Peace.

The government plans on building eight more with another IDB loan of $100 million, approved last Tuesday, March 2, by the Legislative Assembly.

The Justice press department explained that one of them would be located in Liberia. The others would be in Perez Zeledon (San Jose), Corredores (Puntarenas), Barranca (Puntarenas), Purral (San Jose), Santa Rita neighborhood (Alajuela) and Pavas (San Jose, to be confirmed still).

With the loan, the virtual modality— called CCP Sin Paredes (CCP Without Walls)—will be strengthened. Activities and training in human rights and the implementation of computer systems in the CCPs will be invested in.

These workshops are aimed at people who aren’t enrolled in the educational system or who are at risk of dropping out, with the goal of connecting them to educational, work and development opportunities for their life project.

To this end, the civic centers offer recreational, artistic, cultural, athletic and technological workshops each year hand in hand with institutions like SINEM, ECA, the National Dance Workshop (TND- Taller Nacional de Danza) and the National Theater Workshop (TNT- Taller Nacional de Teatro).

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