THE ART OF SANTOS CARVING FROM PUERTO RICO
Wood Carving Advanced Learning
Santos are painted wood carvings of saints, that represent one of the oldest living traditions practiced in Puerto Rico
From January to June 2017 Master Carver Carlos Santiago Arroyo shared his talent and time again with student/apprentice Yidell Rivera, a new talent in wood carving in Rhode Island. This program will feature a carving demonstration and an educational presentation, say Lydia Perez, Executive Director of Puerto Rican Institute for the Arts and Advocacy, Inc.
Under The Southern New England Traditional Arts apprenticeship program, (SNETAAP), Master/artisan Carlos Santiago from Massachusetts transfers his knowledge to the apprentices Yidell Rivera; Both of a Puerto Rican heritage. The project began in January and ran through June 2017 with a great public event.
This project fosters the sharing of traditional (folk) artistic skills through the apprenticeship learning model of regular, intensive, one-on-one teaching by a master artist from either RI, MA, or CT with apprentices from one of the other states, as a way of knitting together members of the same community or group across state lines. Teaching and learning traditional arts help to sustain cultural expressions that are central to a community, while also strengthening festivals, arts activities, and events of which the master and apprentice artists will perform or demonstrate their results of cooperative learning to public audiences.
The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Historical Society on manages the program in collaboration with the Folk Arts Program at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, with independent Folklorist Winifred Lambrecht. Primary funding for this amazing program came from the National Endowment for the Arts