We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriana Paola Palacios Luna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adriana Paola, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The most important decision that has contributed to my success is that my project is based on love, the passion for art, science and culture, and with a high commitment for socio-environmental justice. This has made my actions and projects close to the community. Is a win – win project.
Another important thing is that I started from my personal history. I share dreams, hope and struggles with other women and other members of the community and working toward collective wellness and collective care makes my organization to grow stronger.
Luna Cultura, Art, Science and Culture for Thriving Communities, is a bilingual and bi-cultural business that aspires to make changes in my life and in my family’s life, to be able to achieve generational wealth, but at the same time, to contribute to the well-being of my community with the services we provide.
Our insignia is empathy, the quality and warmth of our services, recovering our ancestral learning and promoting innovative processes from cultural and inter-generational diversities.
The most important decision has been believing in me and my community! We work hard and dream big!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a textile and visual artist and explorer of the Maker Movement. I have a bachelor degree in Communication, a Master degree in Sociology and I am Doctoral candidate to the Political Economy of Development PhD. Program,
My work is inspired by many people, as I mentioned before, my learning with indigenous women, the value of culture and the love and care of mother earth. I am the result of dynamic learning spaces. And because of that, I promote in Luna Cultura and with my art, fusion learning.
My art is inspired by everyday life and by the goal to prevent and eradicate gender violence. I have also learned a lot from my good friend Steven Frost, a textile artist in Boulder and many other artists.
My artist statement:
Violence erupts, thunderous and cruel. When we face impotence, art becomes a means for social transformation in contexts where injustices demand constant and committed action.
Life is the continuous movement that allows us to create. Art is the way of narrating through colors, shapes, textures, images, concepts and abstractions. It is the living and creative possibility of building community. It is the expression of creativity, personal and collective, in a specific socio-historical time. Art is manifestation, but it is also commitment, search, alternative. Through art we recognize ourselves in other people.
With art we transform the world and the world transforms us, it is a dialectical process of social deconstruction. Art is disruptive, because when reality restricts it, it is always there to liberate, explore options, question oppression and seek equity, social justice and care for the common home: Mother Earth.
My art is, therefore, a community art, focused on personal and collective action of creativity and the possibility of transforming the world, of making us aware of life, injustices and how to denature them. It is a feminist art, decolonial, freethinking and committed to the care of Mother Earth.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am based in Boulder, a beautiful city. I want to invite you to have breakfast at the traditional Boulderado hotel, then we will go on a hike to Chautaqua to hike at the Flatirons, there when we descend from the mountain, we will eat an ice cream in the Chautaqua candy shop, it is a beautiful place. We will have some homemade tacos for dinner when we got back home.
The next day we will go right to the Boulder Museum is dynamic and interactive, currently there is an exhibition in which my children participate. We will also visit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA) and on our way out we will have something to eat and will drink some tea at the Dushanbé Tea House. It is an exquisite building and the tea is delicious as well as their scones.
Also a must-see is the Boulder Public Library’s Maker Space, a place for collective making. I love this place. You would be able to get to meet my friends the Creative Technologists team. And we can take a walk by the Boulder Creek.
Another day we can walk the various trails in Boulder, they are very beautiful. Either walking or touring the bike paths.
You should also visit the Celestial Tea Factory. With its delicious aromas, we can eat lunch there and enjoy more tea, which is something I love.
Of course visiting the city of Denver is essential, with its Botanical Garden, its Museums, the Aquarium and the Denver’s Zoo, I actually think we will need more than a week, because there are many beautiful places to visit with great historical and cultural content.
The area is well worth visiting. You would love it!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well-being and success is a collective thing. My gratitude goes to my family who have always supported and believed in me. My lovely and inspiring mother Guillermina. And to my amazing and creative daughter Atzin and sons Tupak & Jero, always teaching me in life.
I have learned a lot from the indigenous women I have had the honor to work with. My current life project, which adds to a long trajectory of activism and education for social and environmental justice, has been made possible by the support and partnership with the BLDG61 Maker Space of the Boulder Public Library, especially Janet Hollingsworth, who has been a great friend and a powerful ally and Kathy Lane and her commitment to equity. Likewise the Museum of Boulder specially Emily Zinn, always supportive.
I also thank very much the Suma Boulder County cultural brokers community, especially Guillermo Estrada-Rivera and Magnolia Landa-Posas and her commitment to our community.
Also I want to thank EforAll and the business accelerator for all the shared learning and support.
A community project like Luna Cultura is only possible in collective. My company sells not only classes and consulting, but tools for community leadership, accompaniment for the healing of historical trauma, and that is something that requires the participation of the community, to actually heal.
Besides the people and organizations I am grateful for, there are many books that have enlightened my life from Ernst Bloch, Emmanuel Levinas, Angela Davis, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Gioconda Belli, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and so on.
And of course, music, rock, trova and son!
Other: Thank you very much for this amazing space to share my art and my love to the Maker Education and my love for the collective wellness. Some of the pictures are cortesy of: Lauren Click email@example.com Remember: Work hard, play hard, dream big! Gracias.
1st image “Fraus Ceremony” by: Lauren Click, firstname.lastname@example.org 5th picture. “YarnFiti Profile” by: Lauren Click, email@example.com The rest of pictures by: Adriana Paola Palacios Luna and Atzin Renee B. Palacios Luna