20/12/2013 by cc_admin

December 2013 | Martin Danyluk | Geographies of Coco Solo

Martin Danyluk has been a committed Cambio Creativo volunteer for the past six months, but this was his debut as a workshop facilitator. The history of Coco Solo is rich and full of meaning and consequence. The building that houses our center used to be part of a complex of US Canal Zone barracks, and in the surrounding areas there used to be a movie theater, multiple churches, a hospital and school. Martin discussed the history with the 40 plus participants, and then we went outside with old photos of the area, and Martin asked the youth participants to give their own anecdotes about the present state of Coco Solo. We returned to the classroom and created a large map of current Coco Solo landmarks. The youth painted their favorite locations and pasted them onto a large board. We also had many visitors during this workshop, including visiting artist Claire Pentecost, and philosopher Brian Holmes from Chicago. The geography of Coco Solo is such a rich topic and we hope to have more workshops in the future pertaining to this theme.