Pedro Batz Chuc is a kindergarten teacher at Chuicaxtun School who has been enthusiastically participating in ArtCorps training activities in Totonicapán, Guatemala since 2012.
Pedro is bright, attentive and curious, and we are honored to continue to work with such a dedicated individual. Before taking ArtCorps’ intensive training course in 2014, Pedro participated in ArtCorps’ environmental initiatives. He and his students wrote and illustrated the story “Nature” for Wisdom of the Rocky Hillsides, a compilation of stories from Mayan oral tradition. Pedro also created a clay sculpture for a pop-up public art installation in the town square.
After the last day of the foundations course, Pedro and I chatted about what he has learned so far. He explained: “Through a song, a poem or a skit, we can extract a lesson. This helps us be imaginative.” He said that the arts-based tools are very useful to him because he can easily adapt them for the diverse subjects he teaches. On a personal level, he shared that he is a better person and teacher because he has become more reflective, he is more aware of social and environmental issues and he has learned to enjoy artistic expression.
Pedro is one of the teachers who has been selected to demonstrate one of our activities at an upcoming training for CDRO, a local environmental organization that collaborates with the schools. This is an opportunity for Pedro to hone his skills with a new group and he is enthusiastic about co-facilitating. He has chosen to facilitate the purpose mask exercise, in which participants explore the intersection of their passion and purpose and create a mask to represent this. Thank you, Pedro, for accompanying us on this learning journey!
Pedro is one of thirty participating teachers in the Creative Leadership training sessions in Totonicapán, Guatemala that ArtCorps is offering in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.The author Isabel Carrió is ArtCorps’ Creative Facilitator in Guatemala.
This project is made possible thanks to support from Towards Sustainability.