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Residencia Gorila: A Space for Creative Artists in Tulum.

Gorila Residence is creating a sustainable place powered by the sun, artists and nature.

Residencia Gorila: A Space for Creative Artists in Tulum.

Gorila Residence is creating a sustainable place powered by the sun, artists and nature.

$18,578
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63
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 28 2014
Last updated May 28, 2014

About

Some notes and articles from the Residence: 

Picture yourself surrounded by the bright colors of jungle plants, the blue Caribbean sea and the soft white sand of Tulum, Mexico. Living here has inspired us and changed our lives. We think every creative soul deserves this shot of inspiration! So we created Residencia Gorila to share this piece of paradise with other artists and like-minded people.

Please help us to keep giving this opportunity to the artists who want to join our social and environmental projects! Tulum is growing fast and this is the moment to help shape the expansion by keeping alive nature, culture, and community. 

In order to be self-sustainable, we need a new solar energy system, film equipment, artist supplies, bicycles and the variety of renovations and repairs that are necessary to keep our doors open.

Who we are: We are a creative space based in Tulum, Mexico that came to life two years ago. Our primary objective is to integrate multidisciplinary artists from around the world who want to apply their talents towards creative projects with a message worth spreading.

Why Tulum: This region is blessed with the cultural heritage of our Mayan ancestors. It is also an energy amplifier and being here opens the doors to phenomenal opportunities for creation and self-healing. The Residencia is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and together we are learning to live sustainably and fully immersed in nature.

Why we need funding? Although we are working on meaningful projects daily, our funding comes primarily from renting out our home as a hotel to travelers. Hosting not only takes our time away from art and creation, but it still doesn’t bring in enough income to make our dreams possible. In order to be self-sustainable, we are creating a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000. This amount is needed to fund a new solar energy system, film equipment, artist supplies, bicycles and the variety of renovations and repairs that are necessary to keep our doors open.

$25,000 is needed to continue making this dream a reality for us and for everyone who wants to be involved in our mission. After taxes and commission the funding goes towards the following:

For those unfamiliar to Kickstarter, if we do not reach our funding goal of $25,000 we do not get any of the donations at all! Therefore, we won't have the opportunity to grow and develop our projects.

PROJECTS

The Lion Fish Project: Lionfish are invasive species to the Caribbean where they have no natural predators. As their population in the Caribbean has grown out of control and it threatens the delicate balance of the reef and coastal wildlife, Residencia Gorila has created The Lionfish Project as an ongoing effort to raise awareness of this problem through film and art and while helping to control the population through culinary experiences.

Mayan Bee Project: This project will promote the cultivation of the medicinal honey and the protection of this endangered species while supporting the economy of the local Mayan communities. We are excited to work in collaboration with the Melipona Maya organization and are planning a large mural to raise awareness as well as a documentary film.

This is a rough cut put together by our new resident Flora Gró in one of our visit to the communities. 

Wixarrica Huichol Indians: The Huicholes are master craftsman and artists, producing intricate yarn paintings and beadwork to depict their rich cultural beliefs. We are working in collaboration with the NGO Tamamata Haika Maxatsi to promote the art and heritage of our Huichol friends through web design, graphic design and film. See our Kickstarter rewards below to have the chance to own an incredible piece of original Huichol art and/or jewelry.

Don Andres visiting the Gorila Family.
Don Andres visiting the Gorila Family.

Carol Fran Documentary: Residencia Gorila has worked in collaboration with the documentary filmmaker Becky Owens to bring the legendary blues singer Carol Fran to Tulum. Her performance at our Residence will go down in history as one of the most respected and talked-about performances that our community has ever seen.

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Finding Infinity Project: "There are two options for the future of our energy system: a future based on finite resources which will run out in two lifetimes or a future based on infinite resources" says Ross Harding the founder of Finding Infinity. The Residencia Gorila believes in renewable energy and we are proud of supporting Finding Infinity by developing animated short films to educate the public and to promote this new way of thinking.

Rewards and Support: 

All donations big or small are greatly appreciated!

Our friends from the Huichol tribe have generously donated a variety of original nieli'ka yarn paintings and their intricately beaded bracelets as rewards for our campaign. Please view and select here:  http://residenciagorila.com/artists-donate-for-residence-future/

Adopt a Coconut Palm Tree. We will place a placard with your name on one and send you a photo. We will nurture it to maturity and hope that the iguana’s stay cool under their shade.

For larger-scale donations we offer a stay in one of our in Residencia Gorila directly across from the beautiful beach of Tulum. 

For those who are not able to come visit us, we will be offering an opportunity to be rewarded with an original piece of artwork from our family of artists : Pelucas, VEXTA, Aaron Glasson, Ercilia Cepeda, Lauren Napolitano, Theo Luma, Joe Miller, Sebastian Pinaud, Dominika Ksel and Pangea Seed Art. You can view and select the artwork here: http://residenciagorila.com/artists-donate-for-residence-future/

Donors of smaller amounts will be acknowledged with credits on our website and in our upcoming documentary. We also offer a variety of beautiful, limited-edition postcards created by the artists of the Residencia!

Thank you everyone from Residencia Gorila family! We look forward to seeing you in paradise!!!

Love, 

The Gorila Family

Risks and challenges

We see only the possibility of expansion and more creation. Unlike many other projects this is not just an idea, our residence is a reality and our projects are worked on daily. If we receive proper funding everything we promise is completely feasible. The only challenge we may face is things we cannot control like weather. Muchas gracias!

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Funding period

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