Francisco Javier de Velasco dances the “Napopok Etzé,” meaning “the dance of the macaw’s feather,” to mark Festival Maya Zoque Chiapaneca in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. The festival brings together indigenous artistic, cultural and folkloric groups to represent dances from different Maya and Zoque regions in Chiapas.
Jhonatan Almao, right, who is learning the skills to be a florist from Marcia Veliz, left, holds a bouquet in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Almao, who immigrated from Venezuela in 2020, says all flowers have different meanings and are used for special occasions, to ingratiate, or to ask for forgiveness.
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.
Salvador Legarda arranges mano de león flowers into bouquets in Chihuahua, Mexico. Legarda says a freeze killed all his flowers in 2020, so he’s overjoyed to see his large plot of land painted orange with flowers ready to sell.
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.
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.
Norma Contreras, left, cuts Fernando Flores’ hair during a campaign to donate hair to cancer patients in Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. Flores says he grew his hair for more than two years because he believes donating it is better than just cutting it.
Juana Méndez gives Patricia Maza a flu shot at a mobile vaccination unit in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. “I come every year to get the flu vaccine, and since the COVID-19 pandemic started, I’ve been thinking it’s essential for me to come and get the vaccine,” Maza says. “Imagine it now with the cold weather. I can’t get sick with the flu and COVID-19. That would be a very risky situation.”
Alberta López Bautista, center, lights a candle to honor a late companion at a women’s meeting in Aguacatenango, Chiapas, Mexico. Indigenous women and members of the Center for Women’s Rights gathered to exchange ideas and experiences.
Arturo, a blue macaw, lives at the wild animal refuge Güirá Oga (“house of birds” in the Guaraní language) in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina. Arturo was rescued from smugglers and became a permanent resident at the shelter, which rehabilitates animals and breeds endangered species with the aim of reintroducing them into the wild.
Kelvin Mercado carves figures and characters into white plaster at Plaza Cruz de Colón in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Every Saturday, artists exhibit their products in the plaza as part of the town’s effort to attract tourism and boost its economy.
A hundred people walk along with cyclists to read a statement at the municipal palace in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The protest was organized after the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) warned that Chiapas was on the verge of civil war due to government inaction.
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.”
Fernando Núñez, left, and Johnny Rivas participate in a cargo bicycle race as part of Bicycle Messengers Appreciation Week in Mexico City. Núñez says it’s important to raise awareness of their work and generate a community among bike messengers.
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.
Sewage overflows onto the main street in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. In San Francisco, where international tourism is on the rise, permits for residential construction have increased, but drainage infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with development. During the rainy season, drains overflow when their capacity is exceeded, causing contamination and foul odors.
Hernán, who asked that his last name not be shared out of fear of retaliation, hangs a poster to advocate for disappeared people in the Almagro neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The phrase on the poster – “Who is looking for us?” – calls into question the actions of the police and justice system in the search for missing people.