Here's a piece hot off the Oprah magazine printing presses.
You know, I know, this project needs to be in the ocean! Please keep the positive thoughts and I look forward to sharing a great film with you in the next few days. Watch your inboxes! I'll send links for a private online screening of a movie about MUSA.
Last week marked the 3rd year anniversary of waiting for permits. I woke up feeling a bit anxious. I went to yoga to, well, do yoga, and see if I could figure what was the way to celebrate needing to get something done for 3 years. Honestly, I shed a few tears on the yoga matte to be real about the moments of grasping and letting go. But it passed quickly, so I called the Mexican Consulate here in NYC again determined to speak with the head of the cultural department. We set up a meeting for this week. There are some great new relationships building around this project and I feel so happy about that for when we do install.
I admit, I stay calm most the time about it as I reach out to people and places daily. I visualize installation every day for about 20 minutes, and things are happening. Lots of good things.
As I said, I have a movie to give to you all in the next few days, so please keep your eyes open for info about how to watch Angel Azul. It's a beautiful film about MUSA and Jason's artwork, and the piece you all so generously kickstarted 3 years ago makes a few cameos at Puerto Cancun. Watching it at the premier in DC back in March, I felt great to be a part of something that is so important and always unfolding - environmental health and inter-species relationships with the arts and sciences collaborating for the ocean.
Thomas Goreau and Paul Sanchez-Navarro are both in the movie making a strong case for sewage water treatment (yes!!) And seeing all those people and places from when I was there in 2011, it was a personal internal reunion.
Paul is a serious ecological leader in Mexico. Director of the Centro Ecologico Akumal for 10 years, he's now moving onto new environmental roles. He will talk with Jaime, National Marine Park Director, this week. I hope to have some news. The new executive director of MUSA, Gena Bezanilla, is adding some efforts as well...and more, there are more connections and actions going on to complete what we started.
So, back to writing a budget for a Creative Capital Grant for a multimedia exhibit correlating coral health and human heath: Respire -The Coral Corollary.
Stay tuned for Angel Azul! Colleen