End of the Year Annual Report



Acting locally with its art and ecologically focused community outreach projects, Eco-Arte advances through its third consecutive year implementing and creating a necessary and vital link for remedying the absence of public awareness on environmental issues in the town of Cabrera.

Promoting partnership with formal and non formal educational services, Eco-Arte is grateful to the “Friend Center, Inc” and the “Friends of Cabrera Foundation” for their support throughout its 2012-2013 school year. The collaboration of the Friends of Cabrera Foundation made possible for the development of Eco-Arte’s community inclusive initiative. From the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, the participation of 48 students from local public schools into the Eco-Arte educational program at the Friends Center, catapulted the program into another level.

The Arts and Environmental Education Program Eco-Arte, is pleased to report some highlights of its 2012-2013 schools year. The highly motivated and enthusiastic public school students rendered an enormous amount of work. These students work efficiently alongside the school students of Faro de Cabrera school students. All the students were encourage to share as they discussed concepts and ideas that would help to improve the condition of the contaminated “Río Tío Marcos” as well as other environmental issues that confront our community of Cabrera.

From one project to the next, they created much art from recycled plastics celebrating holydays and carnival, with X Mass Trees, Wreaths and Carnival Masks, amongs others created from plastic bottles. They rendered paintings, drawings and sculptures, which depicted and explored the various eco systems, as well as worked on projects focused on water issues, such as the looming water crisis in our planet and the contamination of rivers and oceans.

Transferring what they learned in the classroom, the students empowered themselves making direct contact with the local river community as they participated in the pro-active “Amigos del Río Tío Marcos” initiative. With its goal of achieving environmental awareness and possible solutions for the river Tío Marcos and its neighbours, the initiative reached much success as the Eco-Arte students completed a demographic census of the two hundred and sixteen families and neighbours of the contaminated Río Tío Marcos.

With this population data, the students of Eco-Arte developed an eyewitness account of the contamination and brutal manner in which garbage is dealt with around their local river,  and well aware that the only true treatment to environmental degradation is education, the students questioned and interviewed addressing and helping to awake the river community to the critical necessity for the cleaning of the river Tío Marcos.

The census data is instrumental to the Eco-Arte Program as it moves forward raising awareness, organizing and engaging these river communities with “Amigos del Río Tío Marcos” pro-active projects which can help restore the health of the river.

I could not end this annual report without mentioning our inspiring Earth Day, a collaborative celebration with the beautiful “EduMusicando” green music concert and the Master Musician Tadeo De Marco. The student’s angelic voices as they sang to Mother Earth added to the magic of the day. The planting of all the trees & many seeds and the collaboration of the Medio Ambiente was hard warming and inauguration of our little Eco-Playhouse made of some 10,000 plastic bottles was pure joy. Not to mention all the great food, great people and contributions which made a winner of an Earth Day celebrating at the “Friends Center”?

Ultimately ending our 2012-2013 school year with the annual Eco-Arte Exhibition at the Municipal Building of Cabrera with yet one more unforgettable “Edo Musicando” concert was the perfect encore to end the school year.