Ricardo Memeche Mozo paints a pot at the Mercado de Plantas y Flores Acuexcomatl, a market in southern Mexico City. Memeche Mozo, who wants to study to become a chef, makes about 1,400 pesos ($74) per week painting flower pots.
Ixmukané Saloj, a graduate of Colegio San Francisco Panajachel, a high school in Panajachel, Guatemala, models a dress made of recycled waste for the school’s “Señorita San Francisco” contest. The dress helped to spread awareness about the dangers of pollution at an event which had environmental conservation as its theme.
Jackson Jean, 30, draws portraits at his home in Carrefour, a neighborhood in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Jean, who discovered his artistic talent when he was a little boy, started selling sketches in 2009. Local customers often give his portraits as gifts.
Luis Koga, 41, who has been a Japanese language professor, translator and calligrapher for 25 years, demonstrates calligraphy for the event “Japan in the Metro” (Japón en el Metro) at a Mexico City Metro station. Koga offered to write the names of attendees in Japanese for free, during one portion of the monthlong event, a collaboration between the city’s public transportation system and the Japan Collective, which presents different Japanese-style artistic activities at six of the 195 metro stations in Mexico City.
Isauro Vidal (left) dances to drum and flute music on the patio of the Intercultural University of Chiapas (Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, during the Sexual Diversity Fair (Feria de la Diversidad Sexual). The documentary “Las Chuntá,” a film about the men who dress as women once a year for Chiapa de Corzo’s Grand Festival (Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo), was shown during the event. Chiapa de Corzo is a city in Chiapas state.
At art education workshops at the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Unidad de Vinculación Artística del Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco) in Mexico City, Oscar Millán Arrieta plays during a monthly “fandango,” a popular singing, dancing and peaceful coexistence festival that originated in the state of Veracruz. At the center, Millán Arrieta teaches workshops on “son jarocho,” or traditional music from Veracruz.
Swiss tourist Lailah Rottinger (center) visits an exhibit of talking and animated mannequins dressed as brides and grooms, at the Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The exhibit, titled “Love is Love. Marriage Equality According to Jean Paul Gaultier” (“Amor es Amor. El matrimonio igualitario según Jean Paul Gaultier”), showcases 35 wedding outfits by Gaultier, the French designer, and celebrates love and diversity.
Abraham Bámaca Chalí (second from right), Ixchel Tuyuc Cux (right) and other members of Grupo Xajil, a band from San Juan Comalapa, play the marimba in Guatemala’s Chimaltenango department. The group performs ancestral music for sacred ceremonies, art circles and cultural activities around the world. The name Xajil, in the Mayan Kaqchiquel language, translates to dancing musician.
In the commune of Turgeau in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, conservator Franck Louissaint (foreground), 69, and his trainee Marc Gerard Estimé restore a 1988 painting by Edouard Duval-Carrié that depicts heroes of Haitian independence. Louissaint, who is a painter himself, has been restoring art since the 2010 earthquake, which left many works of cultural heritage damaged or destroyed.
Juana Marcos (right), 29, weaves fabric in a style known as “jaspeado” in her backyard in Cunén, Quiché, Guatemala. This traditional method of weaving has been passed down from generation to generation among members of the community.
Attendees at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (known by its Spanish acronym, BAFICI) enjoy a free virtual reality movie in Plaza Francia, a public square in the Argentine capital. BAFICI, which ran from April 11-22, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
Musa Kibirige (left foreground) and his band, Abakeesi, entertain a crowd in Ntinda, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda’s capital. The band draws different circles on the pavement for audience members to donate based on their religion, encouraging competition to see which religion gives the most money.
Magdalene Primary School students rehearse a traditional dance called bakisimba at the National Theatre Gardens in Kampala, Uganda, before the premiere of a local film, “The Secrets of a Tourist.” The students performed at the premiere to encourage other children to get involved in the dramatic arts.
Gift Haambulo juggles torches during a performance at the Lusaka Agricultural and Commercial Show Grounds in Lusaka, Zambia. Haambulo says he is always under threat in his community, because some suspect he uses black magic in his circus act.
Street artist Humo, 42, paints a mural under the tracks of Mexico City's metro line, as a part of a contract between the collective Sin Fronteras and the city's government to paint 30 walls with murals. Humo, who has been painting street art both legally and illegally for 23 years, takes two days to complete a mural.
Moses Wafula, 41, balances bottles on a knife, as part of his acrobatic show in Kyanja, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Wafula, a father of three, encourages people not to steal but rather to use their talents to survive.
Felix Gamborino, 4, looks curiously into the mouth of a Mexican mask made of cardboard, as the boy listens to "chiptune," a musical form created from old video-game sounds. The Mexico City event was the Festival de Cartoneros Mexicanos, organized by the Museo del Juguete Antiguo México, a museum dedicated to traditional Mexican toys. The folk-art masks are made by molding figures out of cardboard or newspaper.
Yared Pawlat, 29, plays his handmade medieval bagpipe at the Plaza Cívica y Recreativa Ing. Eduardo Molina, a public park in the center of Mexico City. Pawlat's ancestors were from the region of Galicia in northwestern Spain, and he says that playing the bagpipes was passed down from his great-great-grandfather. He plays in public spaces to share the history of the instrument and Galician culture.
Mexican and foreign artists draw chalk works at the central plaza of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, during Colors of Chiapas, the third international festival of street painting. The festival was organized by the group Bonbajel Mayaetik, which translates from Tzotzil, an indigenous language of Chiapas, as Mayan Painters. The festival's theme was Chiapas's biodiversity.
In Haiti, voodoo dancers entertain the crowd during festive celebrations dedicated to the voodoo spirits. Groups from different regions performed traditional folk dances during this event, in which practitioners gave thanks to the voodoo spirits.
María Elena Morales Osorio, 50, (kneeling) and Israel Salinas Ortiz, 25, (standing) welcome new dancers to a weekly dance performance in Mexico City’s Zócalo, or city center, that celebrates the people and traditions of the eras that precede the Spanish colonization. The group meets on Fridays and Saturdays. Every 20 days, participants dress in traditional clothes, in accordance with the Aztec calendar’s 20-day month. Morales Osorio has been the dance’s caretaker for 20 years.
Sanjeewa Pubudu Nanayakkara measures the dimensions of a handmade nativity scene for a customer at his roadside stall outside St. Mary’s Church in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka. Nanayakkara, who has sold these Christmas decorations for more than 15 years, makes the nativity scenes out of wood and straw. His cousin makes the clay figures.
Artists in a group known as Monk 256 took part in the first AFRI-CANS Street Art & Graffiti Festival in Kampala, Uganda, on Nov. 25. Members of Monk 256 organized the festival, which brought street artists from Kenya, the United States and Germany together to showcase their work.