The Euroaxacan Initiative of Transformative Cultures (EITC) investigates how to invigorate cultural economies by combining arts, crafts and technologies from the pre- and post-industrial eras. The initiative focuses on community workshops of the township of Zegache Sta Ana in Oaxaca, Mexico – renowned for its restoration of traditional artefacts, as well as contemporary artistic interventions. EITC extends the current activities of the workshops to include electronics, digital media and permaculture. We look at intertwining craftsmanship and artistic creation with social entrepreneurship and innovation, to safeguard the cultural identity and economic sustainability of Zegache. By creating new economic activities grounded in a revaluing of the cultural wealth of the region, the possibility of return could be reopened for those who wish to find their way home.
FoAM joins Performing Pictures, Raketa and David Cuartielles (SE), Spacemakers (UK), nadine (BE) alongside a consortium of Mexican partners supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.