Today the Press Office is kicking off a nationwide municipal tour of patriotic mural sites. We're talking to the artists and municipal leaders who collaborated on this National Celebrations Commission initiative to celebrate Belize at 40.Photo above by Tacogirl
==========Mural at Boca del Rio depicts the history of Ambergris Caye
As part of a nationwide project to commemorate Belize’s 40th Independence anniversary, municipalities across the country have hired local artists to create patriotic murals. In San Pedro Town, a team of resident artists is working on a mural depicting the history of the island community, which evolved from a Maya settlement to the prime tourism destination of today. The initiative is commissioned by the National Celebrations Commission and local authorities. In this case, the San Pedro Town Council. The island mural is painted on the external wall of the San Pedro High School and has drawn the attention of San Pedranos and visitors. Four local artists, Pablo Guerrero, Fred Trejo, Marcos Manzanero, and Elvin Sanchez are the painters.
The San Pedro Sun caught up with two of the artists, Trejo, and Guerrero. Trejo shared that painting has been part of his life and feels proud to be working on this project. He said to have worked on the mural sketch that brings back to life the beginnings of Ambergris Caye. “This is showing yesterday and today,” he said. He explained that the mural portrays a Maya settlement living on the island in the Pre-Columbian time. Then came agriculture and the coconut and fishing industry. The fishing industry included marine products such as conch and lobster for export. The municipal dock was constructed, and public transportation was established between the island and the mainland (Belize City). Trejo said that the first boats, transporting people and cargo, would take almost 24 hours to travel to the mainland. Fast forward, and the water taxi services improved their fleet with faster boats, and the tourism industry flourished, giving way to rapid development on the island. The pull ferry connecting to north Ambergris Caye was replaced by a modern structure that became the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge at the Boca del Rio area.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun
==========The New Mural at San Pedro High School and the HUGE Value of Public Art
Yesterday I stopped by San Pedro High School to check on the progress of a new piece of public art – one by local artists depicting the history of San Pedro, Belize.
Public art (murals/paintings/sculptures) helps grow a sense of community, enhances community pride and engages residents but it also can attract money. It draws locals and visitors to the area. Especially in these “Instagram times”.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Scoop