Arlen Larios, who has been a professional puppeteer for 20 years, performs an adaptation of “Las manchas de la Luna (The Moon Stains)” for children in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Larios says the play, which raises awareness about sexual abuse, helps children identify abuse and promotes dialogue between children and adults.
Balgantseren Dashzegve, left, and Khosbayar Oyunbileg sing at an environmental conservation event in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. World Wildlife Fund Mongolia launched the Great Gobi 6 initiative in 2016 to protect Gobi animals and their habitat.
Casiodoro de la Teja, left, and Daltoneo del Castello perform medieval music in orc costumes during Orco Fest, a medieval fantasy festival in Mexico City. The organizer, Mundo Medieval (Medieval World), hosts events every year to celebrate medieval culture in Mexico.
Gisela Vuela, a member of the troupe Cabeza en Espiral (Head in a Spiral), performs as a clown to celebrate the 10th anniversary of La Surreal Mezcaleria Ancestral, a restaurant in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico.
Isabel Beteta performs “Today,” an original choreography that represents various moods, during the National Dance Conference in Mexico City. Her audiences didn’t know what she was doing at first, Beteta says, but they were receptive.
Yoganathan Viththakan makes handicrafts with coconut shells in Neerveli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Vithagan says he promotes his business through Facebook and exports his handicrafts to Canada and Switzerland.
Yanely Alma Chaparro paints a mural at a park in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. The mural is part of a project called Encontrarte, which gives a voice to local families of the disappeared and tells their stories through art.
Ana Luisa Rubio Cardoso, center, teaches ballet to Arleth Villamil Callejas, left, and Marianabel García at her studio in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. With no limits on age or experience, Rubio Cardoso welcomes anyone as her student. She says anyone can learn to dance and she uses techniques appropriate to the abilities of each person.
Demian, a street artist who withheld his last name for fear of legal repercussions, juggles with fire in front of cars stopped at a traffic light in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Demian, who lives on the street, says he believes art should be out in public and accessible to all.
Sarita Lama shades a thanka, a Tibetan painting, before adding 24-karat gold in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Five artists will work on this painting for about seven months using natural pigments, made from plants and stones, which last for centuries.
Berril Mwango, an artist, displays a zebra artwork along Thabo Mbeki Road in Lusaka, Zambia. “We had literally closed down on business during the peak of the coronavirus, but I used that time to think of new artistic work, and it is paying off,” Mwango says. “Now, we have business, and our artwork is selling like never before.”
Norberto Gradilone, 72, plays tango on the bandoneon at the Centro Cultural de los Artistas (Artist Cultural Center) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Sometimes the songs get me lost in my childhood. They transport me,” Gradilone says. “And that is what I want to communicate to the people.”
Ravdan Gonchigdavaa braids a whip from thin strips of processed goatskin in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Ravdan makes stirrup straps, cinches and saddle girths out of discarded hides, and he hopes to pass the forgotten traditional methods on to his children.
Cornelio Campos, who migrated from Mexico when he was 18, paints a mural in a cafe and churrería in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Campos says he likes to share where he’s from and wants to help young people embrace their roots.
Bryan de la Cerda plays the Hang in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. De la Cerda practices the percussion instrument in the street to share his music with passersby. He says, “Music has the power to fill our lives with beauty.”
Panashe Zvingowanisei auditions for a play at Reps Theater in Belgravia, Harare, Zimbabwe. Since pandemic restrictions have relaxed slightly, creative collectives have begun to showcase the art they worked on during lockdown.
Neri Cernas, a member of the Zapotec artists collective Tlacolulokos, paints clouds around a thunderbird, a sacred animal for the Anishinaabe people in North America, in the Jalatlaco neighborhood, Oaxaca, Mexico. The artists have worked to represent indigenous groups through a mural project called “Our Sun Has Left.”
Ceramicist Natalia Bolaños paints a clay frog for a vase in San Andrés Huayapam, Oaxaca, Mexico. Bolaños creates sculptural art and functional works, such as mugs adorned with octopuses, bottles full of rabbits, armadillo earrings, and dishes decorated with beetles.
Sara Ramírez dances with fire on the beach in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. Ramírez, a professional dancer for 20 years, says dancing with fire requires one to control space, strength, fear and speed: “Every dance possesses a hidden medicine.”